Music has always been a big part of the festival in the past, and this year is no different! We are rapt to present our line up of talented performers that will entertain you throughout the day, across 3 different stages.

Bic Runga

Since the release of her first single Drive in 1996 – a top ten hit when she was just 20 – Bic Runga has been awarded almost every musical honour in New Zealand, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Songwriting Award, the Legacy Award for her 20 years in music, and has been inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. She has also won the most Tui’s (NZ Music Awards) of any individual ever with 20 to her name … no small feat!

We can’t wait to have her perform some of her classics from her amazing albums (Drive, Beautiful Collision, Birds, Belle & Close Your Eyes) at this year’s Beer Fest!

Elemeno P

Almost fifteen years after the release of their first album Love & Disrespect, Elemeno P are back and stirring things up. The beauty of being back together is that the band get to share their signature sound not just with the fans that were there the first time round, but also a whole new generation of music lovers.

The energetic pop rock powerhouse are bringing back their sing-along party hits such as Fast Times in Tahoe and Every Day’s a Saturday to the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival and we couldn’t be happier.

Tahu & the Takahes

Tahu and the Takahes believe you deserve “ultimate love at all times”. This nine-piece funk/blues rock-band will give everything they’ve got, to keep you shaking your beautiful thang all night long! Led by ‘Vivacious Glitter Goddess and Environmental Educator’, Tahu Mackenzie, this band will take you on a sensory journey you’ll soon-not-forget! Expect an eclectic mix of soaring harmonies, baritone sax, mardi-gras big-band sound, swampy blues and soul.


In our pacific cultures REO translates to voice/language. As many of our members come from the pacific we add a little bit of island feel to our reggae sound. Playing a variety of reggae, pop, old school and originals, we’ll have you feeling irie in no time!

Bad Panda

“Bad Panda” is formed from the creative Magic that is Dunedin. Although relatively new on the scene, “Bad Panda” have been making waves in the music world with festival slots throughout Summer & buddying up with “The Rock Fm”. Soon to hit the studio for their first E.P., “Bad Panda” are a fresh new band to keep your eye on!  Drums: Neil Anderson Vox/Gat: Tom Batchelor.

Phoebe James

Raised in Wanaka but recently planted roots in Otago soil, singer/songwriter Phoebe James’ songs are wonderfully wistful, with an air of vulnerability that is ought to capture you. Between voice and guitar, her sound sways through layers of harmony and melancholia in an refreshingly honest form.