Tag Archives: Reggae

been | One Love 2020

One Love 2020 kicked off the new decade with one of the best line-ups in the festival’s history. Held in the sunny Tauranga Domain over Auckland Anniversary weekend, New Zealand’s favourite Reggae festival delivered on all fronts.

Another year, another exhilarating music party, featuring an incredible array of international big hitters and local talent. Good vibes, hot sun, Reggae & Roots music, and pure love sums up my One Love experience which kicked off on Saturday 25 January with a high of 29C and nothing but clear sky and a light breeze, and 20,000 people just having a good time.

The scorching heat didn’t keep us from dancing, while others preferred sitting down and chilling out; watching from the edges of the dance floor. Water mist canons were placed around the domain, a much-needed relief as people moved and danced.

International stars such as Sean Paul and Shaggy, as well as Kiwi favourite’s Katchafire , L.A.B, Sons Of Zion, Nesian Mystic, and Fiji were among the 26 artists and bands to perform over the two fun-filled days.

Sean Paul’s dance hall goodness included banger after banger took us back to the good times early 2000s with the dutty wine dance moves.

Shaggy our favourite Mr Lover Lover had the crowd singing and dancing along to every song; each one of them serving the Jamaican flavour.

My favourite Bay musos L.A.B owned the stage on the second day. Saying they deserved to close out the festival is an understatement, they carved up the stage and the crowd’s reaction to the live performance was undeniable.

We had the pleasure of Nesian Mystik reuniting on the One Love 2020 stage – they’re a group who owned Kiwi summers in their day and when they hit the stage, it was like they never left. We’ve missed you guys!

Other highlights included Jackson Owens’ joining Sons of Zion on stage as their new vocalist – I’m looking forward to seeing more of what he brings to the band. They certainly knew how to get the crowd moving.

Jaro Local is a fast-rising Pacific star, making waves internationally with his unique blend of modern island music and reggae. He had great crowd interaction which they repaid by knowing his music and songs.

THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion” – We certainly felt their energy on Day One; what an epic experience!

Stan walker with his Yummy challenge was better in real life than Instagram also when he was joined on stage with Hamo Dell and Ria Hall and Tawaroa Kawana; there was no shortage of pure talent in their performance.

International reggae stars Fiji had the crowd vibing out with Sprawnbreezie and having the crowd singing word for word.

Each one of the performers did justice over the weekend – there was plenty to love about One Love Festival 2020. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us at One Love 2021.

Images by Meenal Maharaj.

Photos + interviews coming soon.

heard | One Love is back and bigger than ever

New Zealand’s much-loved ONE LOVE Festival will kick off a new decade with the best line-up in the festival’s history.

ONE LOVE is without question one of the most popular two-day festivals in Australasia. And today promoters have revealed that an array of international big-hitters are set to perform at the summer extravaganza.

Presented by Mai FM and Pato Entertainment, ONE LOVE 2020 will be held in its long-standing home at Tauranga Domain across Auckland Anniversary Weekend on January 25 and 26, 2020.

Earlybird Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 3 at 7pm on the official website: www.onelovefestival.co.nz

With demand expected to be huge, punters are urged to get in quickly to avoid disappointment. The 24-hour Early Bird special runs from Wednesday, July 3 at 7pm until Thursday, July 4 at 7pm and all tickets purchased in that 24-hour period will receive a ONE LOVE t-shirt.

As in previous years, VIP tickets will also be available for purchase. This year, LAYBUY tickets are also available, which allows punters to purchase tickets on the day and pay across six payments. This option will be available when you reach the check-out when purchasing tickets.

It has just been confirmed that some of the biggest names in the reggae and roots world will appear at the 2020 festival, including Jamaican dancehall legend Sean Paul; iconic reggae superstar Shaggy; the OGs of reggae Toots and the Maytals; as well as Californian reggae royalty Common Kings; Jamaican singer Etana; the incredible dancehall act, Collie Budz; and reggae legends Third World are all on the line-up.

The star-studded cast of legends will perform at ONE LOVE alongside a packed line-up of other international festival favourites and local heroes, including Katchafire, L.A.B, Sons of Zion, FIJI, Israel Starr and Josh Wawa.

Spawnbreezie, Mike Love, 1814, Ardijah, Latasha Lee, Ria Hall, Conkarah, Lion Rezz, FIA, Jaro Local, Victor J Sefo, DJ Jayraski, DJ Hemz complete the first line-up announcement.

Promoters are also excited to reveal that the much-loved Kiwi act Nesian Mystik, whose hits include ‘For The People’ and ‘Mr Mista’, will be reforming for a special performance at ONE LOVE.

ONE LOVE has sold out for the last four years in a row and with today’s announcement, it is expected that tickets for the festival will once again be in hot demand.

“We are very excited to bring one of our biggest line-ups yet. The hype is so big, we are expecting to sell out faster that previous years,” says promoter Pato Alvarez.

Earlybird Tickets are on sale Wednesday July 3 from 7pm until 7pm Thursday July 4. All tickets purchased in the first 24 hours will receive a free One Love t-shirt – www.onelovefestival.co.nz.

Check out our review from One Love 2018.

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.

been | Lost in Paradise tour

Roots superstars, Common Kings returned to New Zealand as part of their Lost in Paradise South Pacific tour.  They were greeted by a packed-out, raucous crowd at the culmination of the New Zealand leg at Auckland’s Powerstation last night.

The crowd, after being amped up by Mikey Mayz, were full of energy to welcome the Common Kings on stage.  They began their set with a drum and guitar set and played all of their classics as well as tracks from their latest album, Lost in Paradise.

Their mix of uptempo rock beats, feel-good vibes and emotional riffs had every member of the audience jumping, head-bobbing and swaying.  It was a great night for all hip-hop, urban and reggae fans a-like.  Whilst performing their own catalogue, they also played a few classic hip hop tracks, with their own unique twist.

All fans were certainly Lost in Paradise last night.

Check out our photographs from the night.  All photos were taken on a #HuaweiP10NZ.