SPLORE 2022 – Lineup Announcement

Splore has kept things typically eclectic with its first music programme announcement which includes brass bands, sea shanties and flamenco, alongside the usual offerings of soul, hip hop, pop and electronica.


Splore teeks

The charismatic and soulful TEEKS will debut a festival show and Ladi6 will also bring a new show this summer to Tāpapakanga next February 25-27. The Breaks N’Brass live show featuring Ria Hall, Tali and Rubi Du will also make its New Zealand debut at Splore. Breaks N’Brass will bring a live band featuring a 10-strong brass section as it rips through 90’s hip hop and R&B classics.

Kora will make a welcome return to Splore and a Kiwi icon, Don McGlashan will make his long overdue Splore debut.

John Minty, Festival Director says “We have had to plan the line-up around closed borders, but we are incredibly lucky in Aotearoa to have such a talent pool, it hasn’t been a problem to fill the stages and we are looking forward to another crammed packed schedule of entertainment”.

Splore Kita
Also appearing are 90’s jazz outfit The New Loungehead, Anthonie Tonnon, Rei, KITA, FilthAKL, Huia, Phodiso, Hipstamatics, Wellington Sea Shanty Society and Paul Bosauder’s Flamenco Project.

Splore released it’s theme last Friday – Wakey Wakey E Oho. The theme inspires the imagination, to awaken and come to the party with eyes wide open. Measuring impact and sustainability has been core to the Splore kaupapa and in line with this theme of Wakey Wakey E Oho, organisers are appealing to the audience to open their peepers and recognise what festival attire like stick-on sparkly gems, plastic glitter and $2 shop costumes contribute to Aotearoa’s landfill and waterways pollution. The challenge has been laid for the audience to sparkle with positivity and good vibes instead of glitter,  and to use recycled materials for costumes that tread more lightly on the dancefloor and Splore’s home of Tāpapakanga.

Photo by Dane Scott Creative

Splore Producer Fryderyk Kublikowski and initiator of the theme says “We have a diverse mindful tribe that attend Splore and we’re just so grateful to gather together and celebrate in aroha and friendship. But we are still leaving a tidy bunch of used and discarded costumes in our wake and the site gets littered in tiny particles of plastic glitter. If we can’t give up the glitter, then let’s use BioGlitter® from BODYFX, the only glitter brand certified to biodegrade in nature. Our goal is to become a zero waste festival, so this year we are asking our people to be with us in that goal, because together we are the solution.”

While costume waste is in focus for 2022, Splore is also taking responsibility for its impact on climate. In 2021 Splore measured and offset its operation carbon emissions attaining CarbonZero Event Operation certification. In 2022 Splore will again offset the operations emissions plus for the first time it will measure and offset the emissions from the audiences’ travel to Tāpapakanga, making Splore a carbon neutral experience for all involved.

Photo by Dane Scott Creative

This is the first of Splore’s programme announcements. Yet to be announced is the Living Lounge performance cabaret which will bring it’s usual antics. The festival will also have a programme of roving performances, where the audience can stumble across engaging performance art anywhere in the festival. Wendy’s Wellness will include a range of wellness classes and workshops, alongside private healing modalities where people can rest weary muscles from dancing all night with a massage. Kids play a prominent role too and the 1000 kids on site have their own fully programmed zone. Visual art will see the festival site once again dotted with colourful and interactive site specific artworks.

First music programme including confirmed DJs

Breaks N’ Brass(feat. Ria Hall/Tali/Rubi Du)
Don McGlashan
The New Loungehead
Rubi du
Anthonie Tonnon
Wellington Sea Shanty Society
Paul Bosauder – Flamenco Project
Dylan C
Frank Booker
Stefaan van Leuven
Marjorie Sinclair
Clarke Gayford
Dick Johnson
Cam Harris
Mac Mylo
Gabriella Gonzalez
Eastern Bloc
(Halalamama) حلالاماما
Pork Crackle
Aw B
Lauren Gin
The Dastardly Bounder
Bobby Brazuka
Forrest Bump
Mr Big Stuff
Ugly Disco
Miss B
Mia Kober
Sister Rosa