2015 Newtown Festival Programme has been released!

Newtown Festival 2015

NZ’s largest annual free outdoor street concert & market.

A world of food, craft and live music.

12 Stages, 80 Acts, 380 stalls, 80,000 people

www.newtownfestival.org.nz or check out the Video

The 19th Newtown Festival is fast approaching. Join us for 6 weeks of Celebrate Newtown events where Newtown throws open its doors to the region showcasing the arts, crafts, and food of Wellington’s most eventful suburb.

As is very well known to the 80,000 people who attended in 2014, the Newtown Festival Street Fair on Sunday March 8th is the main event, including 12 stages, and over 80 performance acts of up and coming music from Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland.  The Street Fair is one of NZ’s largest markets, with 380 stalls sprawling over 11 urban blocks. Featuring a world food selection in over 120 food stalls, as well as boutique crafts and gourmet tasting, and the region’s favourite market regulars. The local shops, cafes and bars come to the party by setting up out on the street, promoting specials & unique menus, and hosting the party well into the night.

In 2015 Newtown Festival features a brand new stage, in collaboration with E Tu Whanau, the Te Atiawa Toa FM Te Raukura stage will feature prominent Maori musicians, and workshops on weaving, taonga pouro & taiha. Artist featuring on stage include Awa (ex Nesian Mystic), Matiu Te Huki, and Aio. Festival attendees in the south end of the fair can also expect a new family street sports area with support from Wellington City Council’s Push Play programe,, with loads of games that encourage participation with children and adults alike, as well as classic fairground rides and entertainment.

Newtown Festival Programme Coordinator James Coyle is very excited about the music across the stages. “..there are going to be some special one off performances this year..” The Mainstreet Stage on Riddiford St has a world music theme in 2015, “.. music from all corners of the world, South America, Indonesia, Africa, Israel, Eastern Europe & Vanuatu.”

The Young Life reggae band from Vanuatu will be in Wellington for all of March, and their first performance will be at the Newtown Festival. “.. this band is the real deal, channelling Bob Marley and Jacob Miller, lead singer Arno Rox is already a legend in the Pacific, and his performance at Newtown Festival will be something to see.”

The popular Curbside Cabaret stage in the food area of Emmett St has a very strong folk and country feel, with award winning artists, Delaney Davidson, Eb & Sparrow bringing the sunshine in the afternoon.

The Wilson St Stage, with a strong independant vibe, will feature the very popular Newtown musician, Sheep Dog & Wolf, and the dream pop of French For Rabbits. Into the evening expect to rock out to The Courtneys (Canada), The Nudge, and finishing with the urban experiment of All Seeing Hand.

The Community Stage convened by the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, who this year are celebrating their 100 year anniversary of their building, is centered around the musicians who always contribute to events in Newtown. The very popular reggae orchestra Newtown Rocksteady, the recently returned Fraser Ross & The Felt TipsSendam Rawkestra, and finishing with the amazing collaboration of Wellington Batucada Niko Ne Zna.

One of Newtown Festivals most popular stages over the last few years is Newtown Sound,situated on Newtown Ave. In its 11th year it continues to go from strength to strength under the direction of DJ Art Official, who has organized the stage from his new home of Melbourne. Headlining 2015 is Chocolate Strings (Aus), Newtown original King Kapisi, Raw Collective, Team Dynamite (AK), and up and comers Name UL, Paddy Fred & The No Problemos.  

The key Celebrate Newtown events from February 13th to March 23rd announced so far areCarnival De Barrio, Feb 13 – 15, hosted at Bebemos and other Newtown establishments.Newtown Community & Cultural Centre building 100 year anniversary, Feb 21, a night of life music describing the sound of the last 100 years. Carrara Park Jazz Picnic & Big Bike Fix Up, March 14th, Newtown’s favourite park is transformed into a classy jazz joint for an afternoon.