Unknown Mortal Orchestra
A winner of the Taite Music Prize and Silver Scroll Awards among others, Ruban Nielson (Mint Chicks) moved from New Zealand to the USA and is changing the musical world as Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO). Praised by Rolling Stone for his talent in “colouring outside the lines”, UMO’s psych-soul, Beatles-meets-Zappa creations confront, reward and delight audiences globally. The ultimate example of Kiwi gone global, UMO take to the TUKI stage for their first Wanaka performance, before releasing their new album this year.
On the back of releasing her fourth album Brown Girl in 2016 and taking away another two Tuis at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, Aaradhna continues to spread her soulful sound across New Zealand. She is excited to be playing her first ever gig in Wanaka and performing at the 2018 TUKI Festival.
“Each song is a character,” says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you’ll hear this or any other year. Taking out Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year Awards (2015), and selling out shows throughout North America and UK/Europe, Williams is described as possessing “one of the richest voices you’ll hear anywhere in New Zealand” (Sunday Star Times). Willaims and his live band play tracks from his new album 'Make Way For Love' for the first time here in Wanaka.
With last year’s Best Solo Male Artist at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards under his belt and two successful releases, it’s no secret that Maala is on the up. TUKI will be his first Wanaka performance, where his stripped back electro and pop-soul vocal will move you to the dance floor.
The Phoenix Foundation
As one of New Zealand's most accomplished acts,The Phoenix Foundation have either won or been nominated for every music industry award New Zealand has to offer. They are a regular act on the New Zealand festival circuit, which is no surprise with their distinct cascading synths, chiming, plangent guitars and pulsating bass creating the get up and dance sound they are so well-known for. We can’t wait to have them at TUKI!
The Shamblés are a four-piece funk-pop band brewed in a drafty Dunedin flat. Confining their music to a single genre would be like trying to describe human cuisine to aliens. It's a spicy mixture of pop-bangers, soul, jazz, psychedelic funk and disco steez. See for yourself and free your eardrums on a space odyssey at TUKI 2018.
Silver Scroll winners, ex- New Yorkers Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner return to New Zealand to perform tracks off their upcoming album for the first time, and open the TUKI stage.
Recently winning Best Local (NZ) Act at the MTV Awards, South-African born talent Tapz is creating waves in the New Zealand hip hop scene with his unique and confronting releases. With a platinum collaboration with Hermitude under his belt this young rapper is set to bring a little heat to the TUKI stage.
Central Otago Talent
Arma Del Amor
Wanaka’s own Arma Del Amor's blend of soulful hypnotic vocals over dreamy pads, chest swelling bass, and an uncompromising rhythm takes you through the ridges and valleys of a sonic landscape. The band share new music from their upcoming LP.