Rotorua band Feels Soul Good is excited to perform on the same stage as acts such as Stan Walker and Herbs at the Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival.

Also in the festival's line-up is Auckland covers band Halo, Rotorua's Stella Maris, Jinan Dodd and DJ Pete.

The Te Arawa Fisheries event will take place on the Village Green tomorrow.

Feels Soul Good formed at the beginning of last year and play original music, as well as R&B and soul funk.


Vocalist and songwriter Renee White says it all started when she and a couple of classmates from the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology music programme decided to create a song competition online.

They kept jamming all year, and slowly new members came in and left, and now Feels Soul Good is who it is.

Renee went to the One Love festival in Tauranga last weekend, where Walker performed.

"I'm a live music fanatic, I'm crazy about it. I saw him there and he was amazing. Then I saw Herbs band members walking around."

She says to be performing on the same stage as those performers was great.

Renee says over the years the seafood festival's reputation has grown and grown.

"It's becoming the event people are talking about leading up to Christmas."

Renee says it is awesome to be able to bring the band's music to the stage and she is excited to perform some of their originals.


She says the band had a viral video over the holidays with the song Crazy Life, which will be on the set list tomorrow.

Vocalist and songwriter Ra Apanui is also looking forward to being on the same stage as Walker and Herbs.

She says they want to put on a great show for those attending.

"We are a very hard working band, we work hard to get things right. We want to sound amazing."

Ra says she enjoys the way she feels when giving energy to people through song.

Feels Soul Good will play originals and covers, with a set of mostly reggae music.

Guitarist and band leader Phyllis Wilson says the great thing about the Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival is that there is a variety of genres that will be on stage.

"Us playing reggae is just adding to the other eggs in the basket already."

The Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival will also feature cooking demonstrations, including ones by world-renowned Kiwi chef Robert Oliver, 2010 New Zealand Masterchef winner Brett McGregor and Rotorua's My Kitchen Rules contestants Natasha Whitewood and Hera Te Kurapa.

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Feels Soul Good members:
Renee White - vocalist/songwriter
Jodecii Nicoll - vocalist/songwriter
Ra Apanui - vocalist/songwriter
Phyllis Wilson - guitarist/band leader
Bob Vaka - bassist
Mick Seal - drummer