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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.

SFS | Ria Hall

Singer. Performer. Artist. Woman. Love of fashion. Love of culture. Māori. Pākeha. Proud.

Ria Hall is the powerful new force in NZ Music. Her long-awaited debut album, Rules of Engagement, features appearances and production from Tiki Taane, Kings, Laughton Kora, and Electric Wire Hustle. The album showcases her incredible talent as a vocalist and lyricist.

Catch her hosting One Love festival in Tauranga this weekend and performing with Wellington band, The Nudge at Splore this February.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words:
Sun. Food. Vibes.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Kendrick Lamar. Childish Gambino. Janelle Monae.

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
Being out and about playing my new record to the masses! Very excited!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
Hmmm not sure yet, too early to say!

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Barely Know featuring Kings. It’s a banger.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
Pawn it all – Alicia Keys
Heart don’t stand a chance – Anderson.Paak
California – Childish Gambino

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Paranoid Android – Radiohead

What’s your social media of choice?

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
Denim shorts, chucks, singlet.

Word association:
Music – vibes
Festival – vibes
Camping – vibes
Fashion – vibes
Roadie – what you reckon?

Situated in a beguiling bay on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, Splore is an annual, boutique and arts festival like no other. Described as New Zealand’s greatest dress up party, this three day entertainment extravaganza promises a good time, good vibes, and hot showers! Splore 2018 takes place 23-25 February. Buy your tickets here.