Festival lovers will descend on Kapiti this weekend, with visitors from throughout the lower North Island expected to attend the popular music event Coastella.

Billed as "a vibrant summer musical discovery" the festival features a diverse line-up of local and international musical acts on several different stages set around the grounds of Paraparaumu's Southward Car Museum near Otaihanga.

Organiser Gerry Paul said Coastella would feature a variety of entertainment and performance throughout the day, including a main stage set in the museum's natural grassy amphitheatre, a stage near Southward's lake and a unique venue in the form of "Tiny Town" - a 10-foot shipping container converted into an intimate musical venue.

"[It] offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the bands," he said.
"With its stellar line up and unique natural setting, Coastella is a chance to enjoy a summer musical discovery ... from energetic folk and indie rock to Japanese banjo, brass and Balkan madness!"

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The event will be headlined by renowned Kiwi groove-reggae ensemble The Black Seeds who have just released a new album called Fabric, and also on the bill are My Baby, an Amsterdam-based trio known for "roots-driven hypnotic dance music," Paul said.

Singer/songwriter and Silver Scroll nominee Nadia Reid will join the line-up, and the Australian group Hot Potato Band will bring their unique sound of blended world music influences and an "Australian edge."
Other international acts will include Japanese/Australian duo and Australia's Got Talent finalists George & Noriko, Irish group The Young Folk and Jordie Lane and the Sleepers from Australia.

Homegrown musical talent includes the highly-acclaimed Louis Baker, with his new band, which boasts "some of the tightest, funkiest and most solid rhythm sections in the Wellington music scene," Paul said.

Mermaidens, Glass Vaults, The Frank Burkitt Band and Kapiti's Jeep Road will also entertain the crowds.

Food and drinks will be available on site, including offerings by Wellington on a Plate competition participants, and craft beers by local breweries.

The main festival will run from 1pm until 9pm in the museum grounds, while an R18 after-party with live performances by Rhombus in Dub featuring Kiwi songstress Lisa Tomlins among others, will take place in the Southward auditorium from 9pm to 11.30pm.

Tickets for the festival are still available, and there will be limited door sales.

Coastella Music Festival 2018, Saturday 17th February, 1pm on, Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu. Visit www.coastella.co.nz for more information and links to purchase tickets.