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2017 Festival Headliners

We have a feast of headline acts for the 2017 Festival of the Elements® in Porirua, and will be adding to this Headliners page as the acts are confirmed.


Highly decorated at home and abroad, Ladi6’s career is embossed with industry awards, considered critical acclaim, and countless international shows alongside a who’s who of respected music icons. Ladi6’s third studio album, Automatic (read a 5 star review on the album here), was recorded between Studio A in Detroit, Michigan and Revolver Studios in Waiuku. Ladi6 and Parks travelled to America to work with Waajeed AKA Jeedo to record their new album at the renowned Studio A recording studio in Detroit, Michigan with Grammy winning engineer Todd Fairall. Jeedo needs little introduction to music fans, as his work over the years has spawned absolute classics starting with his first Platinum Pied Pipers album, Triple P. The first single 'Ikarus' produced by Parks has been described as a beautiful amalgamation of soul and futuristic hip-hop complemented by Ladi6's hypnotic vocals.

Ladi6’s sophmore album ‘The Liberation Of...’, was a game changer. Recorded over two months in Berlin with production duties shared between her producer Parks and German beat auteur Sepalot. The album was certified Gold in New Zealand and spawned the Platinum-selling, Top 10 single ‘Like Water’ which gained an honourable mention in America’s Unsigned Only competition and was voted by MTV Iggy as the Best Love song of 2012. In 2011 Ladi6 picked up two New Zealand Music awards (Best Urban album and Best Female Artist), two Pacific Music Awards (Best Pacific Urban album and Best Female Artist) and ‘The Liberation Of...’ won the prestigious Taite Music Prize.

Ladi6 relocated to the artistic mecca of Berlin for the summers of 2010 and 2011. During this time she performed over 150 solo shows, performed at festivals such as The Big Chill and Glastonbury and supported her musical heroes including Gil Scott Heron and Erykah Badu. These shows received rave reviews and the European media said she was “one to watch” and “stratospherically that good”. Ladi6 has been a vital part of the NZ hip hop scene since its inception. She began her musical career in all female hip hop crew Sheelahroc and developed her lyrically introspective smoky soul sound over years of consistent touring and features alongside an Antipodean elite including the likes of 50HZ, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Scribe.

Ten years on from her first gig she released her debut award winning album Time Is Not Much in 2008 with production by Parks and Mu (Fat Freddy’s Drop).

>> Listen to some Ladi6 tracks here

Maori Side StepsMaori Side Steps

Maori Side Steps are a contemporary naughty version of a Maori Show Band. Inspired by the humour and music of Prince Tui Teka, Billy T James and also their contemporaries The Modern Maori Quartet. The Maori Side steps present music that is fun, witty, satirical with a sing a long flavour fused with character comedy and hilarious banter.

The group has come together to entertain in a fresh style that took Maori entertainers around the world in the 60's and 70's. They were the Maori fullas picking up Split Enz from their bus and letting them ride in their limo in Las Vegas.

Featuring the talents of New Zealand's Finest actors and entertainers Cohen Holloway, Jamie McCaskill, Jerome Leota and Erroll Anderson.

Chocolate BoxChocolate Box

Chocolate Box has spent 4 years building a reputation around Wellington and throughout Aotearoa, as a show not to be missed. These ladies have recently performed as the 2016 Opening Ceremony in Civic Square for New Zealand Arts Festival. Part of NZ Soul All Dayer (Auckland, Mt Maunganui & Waiheke Island), the openings of MOON, King Street Live and Warhol Exhibition at Te Papa. Performed at Wellington Waitangi Day Celebrations, Wellington Jazz Festiva, Homegrown, Tora Tora Tora, Sound Splash Festivals and were the After Party entertainment for New Zealand Arts Festival 2014. With the combination of these ladies you will be in for a night of laughter, style and a musical journey of Soul/Funk/HipHop/R&B/Jazz. Chocolate Box brings together great beats with the live element of two of New Zealand’s most popular and fabulously funny vocalists.

Lisa Tomlins is one of New Zealand's most versatile performers, she has been the veritable 'gun-for-hire' for many local bands, cementing her place as a much sought after vocalist. She has just returned from touring the world with Neil Finn and has also worked with the likes of Rhombus, Fly My Pretties, Hollie Smith, Deva Mahal, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy's Drop, Trinity Roots, Little Bushman, Strike and on many theatre and cultural events such as Michael Parmenter’s 'Jerusalem'.

Vanessa Stacey is a Wellington based Singer/Songwriter. Since Jazz School she’s played extensively throughout New Zealand and the U.K where she was based for 5 years. Returning to Aotearoa she has collaborated, recorded and or toured with The Nomad, Module, Fat Freddys Drop, Trinity Roots, Joe Blossom, Spells, Imon Starr, THE BONE$. and more recently with Electric Wire Hustle and Twig Pigeon both of whom she is currently collaborating, crafting tracks for her upcoming debut EP, alongside her band Vanessa Stacey and The Shuffle due for release late 2016.

Winter Wilson

This folk duo are performing for us as part of their NZ tour.  Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, Winter Wilson went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead.

Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

>> Listen to some Winter Wilson tracks here

Le Moana

The Le Moana collective are based in Wellington and mainly made up of graduates of the internationally renowned Whitireia Performing Arts where they have been professionally trained in Pacific and Contemporary Dance.

During 2016, Le Moana toured nationally throughout Hamilton and Auckland and internationally throughout Samoa, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles and San Diego, where they won the critics choice and top box office awards for their show: "1918". Le Moana also host the annual Measina Festival which was most recently presented at Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua, receiving rave reviews as a standout feature in the Wellington Arts calendar for high quality Pacific Arts.

Le Moana is a vessel for the exchange of stories, concepts and ideas through the medium of Pacific dance and theatre.

Fafine Niutao i Aotearoa

Tuvalu fatele (dance)The Fafine Niutao i Aotearoa is a Tuvaluan women's arts collective.  They practice one of Tuvalu's key art forms called Kolose or crochet.  The women from the group have began exhibiting their kolose work in mainstream art galleries in Auckland since 2014. 

With the support of Creative New Zealand, the collective have brought this exhibition to Pataka.  The exhibition features the Kolose's vibrant colours and the context which it is used for everyday life in Tuvalu communities from women's dance costumes to decorative bed coverings. 

The group will be performing a traditional Tuvalu fatele or dance (on Te Rauparaha Park stage at 12.10pm), where the women will wear kolose garments.  They will also be running kolose demonstrations with an opening at 11am, and a children's workshop at 1pm on Waitangi Day at Pataka.   The exhibition runs until late February.

Photograph of Niutao Island community performing fatele taken by Sam Harnett.