This year we’re super chuffed to be hosting one of New Zealand’s greatest music icons – Dave Dobbyn.

Dave blossomed into a peroxided popstar in his first band Th’ Dudes, formed with his school friends in the late ‘70s. Taking centre-stage with his next band DD Smash, Dobbyn made history when the debut album rocketed to No 1 in the first week of its release. As a solo artist his ‘Slice of Heaven’ spent eight weeks at No 1 in New Zealand, and four in Australia where he lived for 10 years until the early ‘90s.

Dobbyn has written the soundtrack to kiwi lives, with a string of hits including Beside You, Be Mine Tonight, Language, Outlook for Thursday, Loyal, Whaling, Kingdom Come, It Dawned On Me, Guilty, Devil You Know, Slice of Heaven, Magic What She Do, Oughta Be in Love, Welcome Home…

His enduring popularity is reinforced with polls of Top 100 songs returning ‘Loyal’ at No 1 year on year, and he holds the most Silver Scroll Awards for songwriting. In 2001, Dobbyn was given a lifetime achievement award by the New Zealand recording industry.

After a six-year gap, his 2006 album won him Male Artist of the Year and included the anthemic ‘Welcome Home’, 2005’s Single of the Year. The song is well-travelled, including a performance for Kiwi War veterans and the Queen and Royal Family at the London dedication of the War Memorial.

To mark his 30 years as a recording artist, Dave Dobbyn has compiled two CDs of his best-loved songs, together with a companion songbook. In the world of pop music, longevity is rarely achieved but Dobbyn’s talents have consistently charmed their way into the consciousness of New Zealanders.

Goodshirt

Goodshirt is an indie-pop/rock group hailing from Auckland, made up of band members Gareth Thomas, brothers Rodney and Murray Fisher, and drummer Mike Beehre. Their sound has an anarchic strain, driven by fuzzed-out guitar lines, up-front synth melodies and warped atmospheric samples.

After going on hiatus in 2005, Goodshirt reformed in 2012 for a string of shows and the release of their most recent EP, Skinny Mirror, while also working on their own solo projects with Gareth Thomas releasing his album Fizzy Milk to rave reviews, and Rodney Fisher carving out a successful career in folk and country music with his album Songs From The Backyard. Now, they’re excited to return to Dunedin for the first time in 15 years to play an energised set packed full of all their hit songs including the likes of Sophie, Fiji Baby, Buck It Up and Lucy.

Nomad

Nominated for ‘Breakthrough Artist’ at 2016’s VNZMA’s, Nomad is comprised of Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski. Formed as a band at school in Christchurch, their differing musical tastes collide to shape their alt-pop/folk sound. The debut single by these 17-year olds, ‘I Will Find You’ was produced by Dave Dobbyn who also features on guitar.

Nomad has been winning over unsuspecting audiences, show by show with their heady harmonies and pop hooks. They’ve opened for Fly My Pretties, played Homegrown, Lazy Sundays, Music in Parks, Queenstown Winter Festival and supported Salmonella Dub, Marlon Williams, Jackie Thomas and Benny Tipene. They made their musical mark on the charts with the undeniably catchy single ‘Oh My My’.

But wait, there’s more!

Soaked Oats

Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand. They write songs with thoughtful lyricism and guitar-driven indie-pop sounds.

The band came together to record the acoustic summer sounds Oscar Mein had written while on a NZ road trip. Inspired by selling fruit on the side of the road, their lo-fi late night recordings sparked some interest among friends over the coming months though never quite making it into the public eye through an official release.

The boys have picked up their Fruit though, and having re-recorded ‘Stone Fruit Melodies’ at the esteemed Chick’s Hotel in Dunedin are ready to flip the script on music nationally & internationally.

Mamazita

Fresh as they come, Mamazita are a five piece Nu-Soul band currently permeating the Dunedin music scene with their unique sound. Fronted by soulful songstress Karleigh O’Connor, the band also features Bran Hopkins on the gat, Rapture Latu on keys, Pete Naik on bass and Josiah Hodson providing the beats. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote and Stevie Wonder, the band combines elements of Jazz, RnB and Soul in ways which will have you up and grooving in no time. Keep an eye out for the release of their self-titled debut EP in the weeks to come!

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Jo Little and Jared Smith are an alt-country/folk duo from Dunedin. The pair got together around 2010 and have toured extensively around New Zealand. Little is a prolific songwriter who also possess a strong and soulful voice. Her rhythm guitar and vocals are backed by Smiths subtle, understated guitar work. Added to these dynamics are the duos vocal harmonies which are compelling and emotive. The pair draw on influences such as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Neil Young. They have also recently been working on an as yet titled E.P. with their band Little Smith which is awaiting release.