been | One Love 2018

How Tauranga became the home of reggae (for one weekend).

The annual One Love festival took place over the weekend at the Tauranga Domain. Day 2 headliner, Shaggy pulling out due to unforeseen circumstances (read: performing at the Grammys with Sting) didn’t deter the 20,000 strong crowd from witnessing some of the finest reggae performers the world has to offer; confirming that reggae is indeed ingrained in kiwi roots.

Ria Hall, Marley All-Stars – Day 1

Common Kings headlined day one and Katchafire made their return to the festival, playing old favourites as well as new songs to close day two.

Common Kings – Day 1

Over the weekend, the crowd saw a plethora of artists playing, ranging from Bay of Plenty locals Tyneegiant to Canada’s pop reggae band, Magic! And not one disappointed.

On day one, the crowd were treated to a praiseworthy performance of Fill Me Up by Sons of Zion; a truly awe-inspiring homage to Bob Marley by NZ Marley All-Stars starring an amazing collective of artists (Laughton Kora, Fran Kora, Ria Hall, Anna Coddington, Annie Crummer, Boh Runga, Logan Bell (Katchafire), Tiki Taane, Joel Shadbolt and Shelton Woolright); a goosebumps-inducing performance by House of Shem; the reunion of Kora, after a 4-year hiatus and a raucous performance by Common Kings.

Tiki Taane, Marley All-Stars – Day 1

Whilst on day two, highlights included a three piece acoustic set by Kiwi icons Herbs; legendary British band Aswad’s nostalgic performance of their 1988 NZ#1 single Don’t turn around; Stan Walker’s feet-stomping performance of messages; Fiji’s hair-raising performance of Love of my Life; crowd-singing along to Magic!’s performance of rude; and the enigmatic closing performance by Katchafire.

Stan Walker w special guest William Wairua – Day 2

One Love’s great reggae vibes, complemented by the Kiwi Summer sun, has certainly put Tauranga on the world’s reggae music map. If you haven’t already, start planning your trip to Tauranga for One Love 2019.

Check out photographs from the weekend hereAll photographs taken on a Nikon D7500.