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In what is now a regular and highly anticipated music celebration, the 2018 version of ONE LOVE has announced its second line-up for the early music party and enhanced its reputation with some of the most well-known names in roots, rock and reggae. It has also moved the festival from its traditional Waitangi Day weekend in February back to the Auckland Anniversary weekend in January.
It commences with 2009 Australian Idol winner, New Zealand-born Stan Walker, one of the biggest names in kiwi music, guaranteed to be a leading drawcard in his own right with his five albums and a string of hits that have blasted their way through the radio-waves, including current single 'New Takeover'. Walker has also appeared in a number of movies such as 'Mt Zion' and 'Born to Dance'. A genuine music heavyweight.
He will be followed closely by the Wellington Masters of Reggae, Tomorrow People, who have earned their reputation the hard way in a tough industry, by constantly touring throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and beyond.
Described as having a mind-blowing performance at ONE LOVE 2016, Kora returns to the fold, proving they are still one of Aotearoa's finest acts. They masterfully weave funk, rock, reggae, metal and hip-hop into their performances. They have been described as a tireless force to be reckoned with here.
The youngest on the line-up is a precociously talented 11-year-old singer General Fivah who took the local music by storm last year after writing and fronting the catchy Three Houses Down hit 'Love and Affection'. The video version of the hit song has reportedly clocked 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Three Houses Down themselves are also on the line-up, followed by two other apparently exciting acts Lomez Broun and Tyneegiant. The latter supported Tomorrow People on their previous tour and are claimed to be one of the "must-sees" at the coming 2018 festival.
Don't miss the opportunity to witness and experience New Zealand's best festival in 2018. Be spoiled by the experienced and emerging talent. It improves every year.
Rounding off the announcement are two exciting acts taking the local reggae world by storm, Lomez Brown and Tyneegiant. Both acts supported Tomorrow People on their last tour and both are up-and-comers tipped as must-sees at the 2018 festival.
Here's the full lineup for 2018 One Love Festival:
- Stan Walker
- Tomorrow People
- General Fiyah
- Three Houses Down
- Lomez Brown
- Common Kings
- J Boog
- Black Uhuru
- Hot Rain feat. Siaosi
- House of Shem
- Sons Of Zion
- Sammy J
- Marley NZ All Stars