Former Rotorua pop singer Seth Haapu is joining the Lakeside line-up.
Lakeside 2013, which will take place at the Village Green on March 9, will be packed with talent. The line-up for Lakeside 2013 - Come Together includes Rotorua's own Russell Harrison, former Taupo man and New Zealand Idol runner up Michael Murphy, Tina Cross, actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Ria Hall, Eve Gordon, Mike Edwards, Sharon Emirali, Ellen Kuiper, Cameron Clayton, trombone quartet BonaNZa, Diamond Entertainment, a kapa haka ensemble and the Lakeside Orchestra conducted by Mark Dennison.
Artistic director Kate Ward-Smythe said Haapu and Hall represent young Maori singer-songwriters from the city. She said Haapu with his strong local connections, and Hall, who has Te Arawa connections, had made major impacts in the New Zealand music scene.
The Beatles' hits would play a big part in Lakeside 2013, which would showcase culture, a hint of Glee, dance, contemporary and classical music, and more.
Haapu's songs journey across the indie pop spectrum, from soulful laments to retro-tinged rhythms, from whimsical keyboard arrangements to full blown pop.
He began uploading his work online while living in Sydney, garnering strong industry attention and a solid fanbase. A contract with Sony Music sealed the deal, followed by a return to his homeland and support slots with international names including Adam Lambert and Train and local legends Crowded House, Stellar* and Supergroove.
August 2011 saw the release of his self-produced debut album.
More recently, Seth was awarded best pop artist at the Waiata Maori Music Awards and named one of three finalists for Best Male Artist at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2012. Over the past few months he has been creating new material for his follow-up record.