Acts line up for fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By GE­ORGE GARD­NER

More than 100 mu­si­cians are tun­ing up their in­stru­ments and vo­cal chords for three days of non­stop mu­sic this Easter.

Wai­heke In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor John Quigley says the line up is ar­guably the best since he res­ur­rected the fes­ti­val in 2011 af­ter a four year lull.

Bands are fly­ing in from Ger­many, Aus­tralia and the UK to join some ex­cit­ing names from New Zealand such as the Welling­tonShake-‘Em-On-Down­ers and Sal Valen­tine and the Babyshakes.

Quigley has stuck to the for­mat of three venues and a di­verse range of shows fill­ing three days and two nights from Easter Fri­day to Sun­day.

Deal­ing with so many mu­si­cians, Quigley says, can be a fluid ex­pe­ri­ence but he saw the last-minute re­place­ment of one of the Good Fri­day Groove Acts as a pos­i­tive thing.

‘‘Jesse Shee­han had to pull out as he’s joined Neil Finn’s band.

‘‘But that shows me I’m on to a good thing in my se­lec­tion of qual­ity mu­si­cians.’’

Quigley has re­placed Jesse Shee­han with Bri­tish R&B, soul, reg­gae and hip hop singer­song­writer Kevin Mark Trail, who is best known for his col­lab­o­ra­tion with band The Streets.

‘‘Kevin’s over here work­ing on an al­bum. Every­one wants him. He’ll be play­ing with Sola Rosa on Satur­day night,’’ Quigley says.

Solid Brew, from Ger­many, is one of the in­ter­na­tional acts. The band has a mod­ern jazz funk sound that veers into blues and rock.

The four mem­bers are en­joy­ing Wai­heke Is­land be­fore per­form­ing five times over the Easter fes­ti­val and then em­bark­ing on a New Zea- land tour. Band mem­ber Ste­fan Na­gler says: ‘‘This is­land is par­adise.’’

Photo: GE­ORGE GARD­NER

Ex­cite­ment brew­ing: Solid Brew, from Ger­many, are play­ing at the Wai­heke In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val this week­end. From left: Markus Das­sau, Ste­fan Na­gler, Thomas Koenig and Arnold Ogrod­nik. Go to auck­land­c­ity har­bournews. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video tour teaser of Solid Brew

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