The Jungle Brothers Splore performance is part of their world-wide tour marking the 30th anniversary of their influential debut release Straight Out The Jungle.
Hailing from hip-hop’s golden age, the group burst onto the New York scene in 1988, becoming the founding members of the Native Tongues Collective with the likes of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep and later Mos Def.
Globally respected for their jazz fusion sound, Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee and DJ Sammy B were the first hip hop group to embrace other forms of dance music, basically inventing hip house with their masterpiece I’ll House You, while their Afrocentric philosophy and coolest of the cool vibe have seen them become hip hop royalty over the course of their celebrated career.
The Jungle Brothers’ fearless approach to their genre has undoubtedly changed the face of hip hop forever, influencing the sound of future generations of artists, musicians and producers alike.
Also added to the Splore 2019 line up is the internationally revered Brazilian, DJ Marky.
From igniting dancefloors across the globe to producing some of the most seminal Drum & Bass tracks to date, he continues to amass an unsurpassable list of achievements, all driven by his dedication and unique flair. He is widely regarded to be technically one of the top DJs in Drum & Bass. Retaining the same passion for music as the day that it all started, DJ Marky stays at the forefront of not just the Drum & Bass scene, but also the music world at large.
And breakthrough UK hip hop/soul artists, Children of Zeus, will make their New Zealand debut at Splore. The Mancunian duo of Konny Kon (formerly part of Broke’N’English) and Tyler Daley, an in-demand soul singer who has lent vocals and writing talents to Soul II Souls’ Caron Wheeler, 50 Cent, Lisa Mafia and Bugsy Malone.
More local artists have been added to the Splore 2019 line up - headed up by Hollie Smith, Latin Aotearoa, Unchained XL, Huia, Aroha, Imagine This, Dylan C, ORIKoL, Pippin, The Dastardly Bounder, Takas, Mr Big Stuff, Andy JV, Peach Milk, Takas, Tubbs and Chiccoreli (feat. J Dubs).
Already announced artists for Splore 2019 include Rudimental, Orbital, David Rodigan, Sam Perry, The Dub Pistols, the Correspondents, Haiku Hands, Courtesy, Fleetmac Wood, The Illustrious Blacks.
Local live acts already announced include Princess Chelsea, The Beths, Jess B, TALI (Live) and Ijebu Pleasure Club with local DJs confirmed include K2K, Lady Flic, Benny Salvador, A wb, Linda T, Coolhandluke, Corysco and Mac Mylo (featuring Pharoah Swami).
Splore dates: 21-24 February 2019
- General admission 8am Friday to 5pm Sunday - adult tier 2, festival ticket: $295 (includes free general camping)
- Youth ticket 13-17: $175
- Children 12 and under are Free
Camping upgrades are available including reserved camps and glamping options.
Festival Location: One hour from Auckland’s CBD in a stunning beachside park - Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Orere Point.
Splore is a festival of music and arts staged annually at one of the most beautiful festival sites in the world. 2019 marks Splore’s 20th anniversary.
The site, Tapapakanga Regional Park, is only an hour from Auckland, but each year "Splorers" travel from all over the globe to enjoy the culture, the vibe – and the wonderful, safe swimming beach only metres from the festival main stage.
Splore's multiple stages feature a diverse line-up of compelling musicians, singers and DJs from around the world – but it's also a place for more than music. For three days, the site buzzes with performing arts, visual and interactive art installations, workshops and forums.
And people. To go to Splore is to be part of Splore. Some Splorers work for months on their habitats in special themed camps, many more on creative costumes for Saturday night. And everyone who sets foot in the park becomes part of the culture: relaxed, positive, friendly – and up for it.
Children are people too, and Splore not only welcomes families but offers a family camping area and a dedicated kids' zone with a full programme of activities and entertainment.
Sustenance at Splore is affordable, varied and delicious, and largely served by vendors who come every year. Food is served in compostable dishes and drinks come in reusable "globelet" cups. Splore was the first NZ festival to stop selling water in single use plastic bottles. All rubbish is sorted onsite into recycling and composting, minimising waste and ensuring high diversion rates away from landfill.
Splore has the other end of proceedings covered too, with purpose-built composting toilets alongside campsites. To further reduce the environmental footprint, revellers are incentivised to carpool and public transport is subsidised. Every year, the mantra is #leavenotrace.
Respect for the land goes hand-in-hand with respect for its original people. At every Splore, international visitors are welcomed with a powhiri on behalf of local iwi.
Like everyone, those visitors tend to be thinking about getting back next year even as they leave. Because there's nowhere like Splore.
Splore is more than a good party. It's a good place in your heart.