Auckland Folk Festival 2019 Announces First Line-Up


The Auckland Folk Festival will be back this summer with an interesting, diverse line-up of local and international artists. New Zealand’s biggest annual folk music gathering will take place again at the Kumeu Showgrounds, over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, January 25-28, 2018.

Featured in the first line up announcement:

Virelai (Denmark)
Lindsay Lou (USA)
Irish Mythen (Canada)
Holly Arrowsmith (2016 Folk Tui)
Candice Milner (2018 Tui Finalist)
Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men
The Nukes
Mike Harding (1988 Folk Tui)
Danny Priestley



The family-friendly festival showcases folk musicians from around New Zealand and the world to entertain guests of all ages. Festival goers can enjoy a full weekend of concerts, dances and educational workshops, all within the boundaries of the Kumeu Showgrounds, situated just a short drive northwest of Auckland city.

With a new breed of NZ folk artists enjoying international attention the festival has also been evolving in recent years, drawing in a younger generation of fans who appreciate those authentic modern songwriters, as well as more traditional folk and dance.


The Auckland Folk Festival provides opportunities for the artists and attendees alike to share their own music and celebrations with like-minded people from all cultures.

Sustainability is at the forefront of festival organisers’ decisions with recycling stations and a no-rubbish policy. Set in a spacious rural environ, the festival supports local businesses by using their services where possible. All tickets include camping.

Checkout the lineup!



Powerful Skandinavian melodies & poetic nordic ballads combined with an energizing and endearing performance! Since 1999, Virelai have been touring Scandinavia and Europe, boosting good energy with their positive, contagious appearance. Denmark's leading medieval folk band is guaranteed to make you dance, sing and smile!


Lindsay Lou


Lindsay Lou was named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Her singing floats over the instrumental mastery and deep groove of her band with dynamics that range from a lullaby to a battle cry.


Irish Mythen


A true entertainer who is known as being a triple threat, Irish Mythen's show highlights the Canadian's various talents - the proficient and talented metaphorical singer-songwriter, the storyteller who’ll grasp your attention and who has the ability to bring you on an incredible and emotional journey as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show.


Holly Arrowsmith


Born in the heart of the American desert, in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountains of Southern New Zealand, Holly Arrowsmith (Folk Tui Winner 2016) is a songwriter on the rise locally and internationally, a strong forerunner in New Zealand’s current folk revivalist movement.


The Nukes


The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. Great song-writing, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience.

Candice Milner


Despite her young age, Lyttelton local Candice Milner has been making waves from the Christchurch portside suburb for years. With songs that vary between folk and ballads, pop-rock and country, her album Evergreen was a finalist for last year's Folk Tui.


Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men


Bernie Griffen's songs are melodic, soulful tales of a life well and truly lived on the fringes, full of love, pathos and colourful stories that play like anthems and tap into a vein of testimony. His third album Doors Wide Open was released in May 2018.


Mike Harding


Taranaki-based self-proclaimed "wandering minstrel", 1988 Folk Tui winner and music historian Mike Harding tells stories through songs as seasoned solo performer, as well as with good-time Kiwi-music band Gumboot Tango.


Danny Priestley


Originally from Australia, Central Hawkes Bay 'Bogan Angel' Danny Priestley has a history steeped in folk music, ballads and anything he reckons might be worth a crack up there, as well as the songs and stories that he just loves to share. His large stage presence, honest banter and famed voice has been known to make hardened outback diggers cry into their coopers.


Listen to the official Auckland Folk Festival 2019 Spotify playlist here

Buy tickets to the Auckland Folk Festival here



Written By: Radio13