Supergroove heads new festival bill

By Peter de Graaf

Legendary Kiwi funk-rockers Supergroove have reunited with original frontman Che Fu to headline a new music festival in the Bay of Islands.

Honey Jam will take place over two days on Auckland/Northland Anniversary weekend, January 26-27, on a rural property north of Kerikeri.

Other performers will include Wellington five-piece The Thomas Oliver Band - fresh from touring with Jimmy Barnes and Gin Wigmore - plus Batucada Sound Machine, 1814 and Samoan-Chinese singer/songwriter Iva Lamkum.

While the festival aims to some extent to fill the void left by the demise of the Big Day Out and the summer concerts once common in the Bay, it is targeting a slightly older, more family-friendly audience.

Organiser Toby Garland, of Kerikeri, said securing a band of Supergroove's calibre was "a real coup" for the Far North.

The band had six top-10 hits in its 1990s heyday and sold close to 200,000 albums worldwide. The members reformed in 2007 to support a tour by Crowded House and will appear again for a short tour that includes Honey Jam and a New Year's Eve party in Auckland.

Mr Garland said the site in Redcliffs Rd had its own camping area for festivalgoers wanting to stay overnight.

Northland food and craft stallholders had also been invited to take part.

"There will be no walking for miles from stage to stage, no endless queues for food or drinks or - very importantly - the toilets.

"It's a boutique music festival in every way and designed for adults and children to enjoy."

Go to for more information on bands and tickets.


The line-up

  • Supergroove

  • The Thomas Oliver Band

  • Batucada Sound Machine

  • Iva Lamkum

  • 1814

  • The Nudge

  • Bonjah

  • Lydia Cole

  • Young Lyre

  • Louis Baker

  • AK Samba

  • DJ Dean Campbell

  • Late Night Meat Sandwich

  • The Swamp Rockers

  • The Frettz

  • Haylee-Nicola

  • Thelonious Punk

- Northern Advocate

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