Top lineup at River Sounds
The 2019 lineup for the River Sounds Festival in Katikati features a diverse array of acts, spanning across a number of genres including folk, soul, blues, rock and more.
Louis Baker will be bringing some soul with his captivating vocals and timeless melodies. Sure-to-be crowd favourites, Swamp Thing, will have everyone on their feet dancing throughout their energetic blues set.
The Bay’s own Joseph & Maiawill charm the crowd with their honest songwriting and raw, emotional vocals.
Making their long-awaited debut at the festival is duo M*A*S*H providing a selection of eclectic vinyl to keep your ears happy.
And Molly & The Chromatics have a sound that demands to be heard live, with a two-piece horns section, expect a dynamic, highly danceable set. Newcomer Solomon Crook, blends heartful songwriting and soulful vocals to create a sound that is truly unique.
Auckland based singersongwriter Greta Bull weaves stories for the audience through her powerful and emotive vocals. 90 days, a talented group of seasoned musicians, will be bringing some quintessential, foot stomping blues to the lineup.
Local band Raw Deal will no doubt have everyone singing along as they take on all the classics from the 60s through to the 90s.
Finally, Rubita are a straightup modern gem that like to be a little bit jazzy with their sound.
The not-for-profit festival will of course be puttingmental health awareness front and centre and celebrating the life of Ben Temperton, who took his own life after a 10-year struggle with mental illness.
The festival is held on the Temperton’s Woodland Road property.
Actor and comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer will be MC. He has been a regular on Seven Days, appeared in cult horror flick, What We Do In the Shadows, and bravely spoke out about losing his father to suicide.
SYD Workshops will be hosting the ‘shine bright’ tent, a place to get jazzed up for the festival, whether it is face paint, glitter, or a fun costume, it is all about looking and feeling good.
The festival will also have a dedicated safe space for conversations about mental health or simply getting to know new friends, known as the Yurt of Truth.
Finally, there will be an area to get crafty and add to the Tree of Remembrance, a place to hang amemorial for a lost loved one.
■ First release tickets are $65 and are on sale now at www.everyonehurts.com/theriversounds-festival
Expect some raw vocals from Bay duo Joseph & Maia.