Lakeside 2020 Artist Line Up
Comprised of brothers Nainz & Viiz Tupai, Adeaze have been icons of the New Zealand & Pacific Island music scene for over 15 years. The R&B/Soul duo from Hamilton first broke onto the scene in 2004, with their No. 1 hit album Always & For Real. The album featured two huge singles in Getting Stronger & A Life with You, which was later sampled by Mariah Carey. The pair state their greatest inspiration to be their late mother, releasing an album dedicated to her in 2018.
New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Smith has always maintained a high reputation of creating music with the utmost integrity & passion. Her incredible live performances and powerhouse vocals have also become something of a signature. After working with bands like Trinity Roots & Fat Freddy’s Drop, she was approached by Don McGlashan to perform on movie soundtrack single Bathe in The River. Topping the NZ charts, the iconic single went on to set the stage for her award-winning debut solo album, Long Player. Hollie’s eagerly awaited fourth album Water Or Gold was released in 2016.
Māori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika has one of Aotearoa’s most impressive lead vocal styles, fused with her honest and thought provoking messages. Her musical palette is nothing short of vibrant, a mix of Māori, folk, acoustic, soul and easy listening, with elements of roots and deep culture. Maisey has been singing at a professional level since her teenage years, and at age 15 was nominated for Best Female Vocalist at the NZ Music Awards. Maisey has released four original albums since, all of which received accolades in the NZ charts. Her 2012 album Whitiora is the highest charting original Te Reo Māori album to ever be released in Aotearoa.
Rob Ruha’s unique style of music (coined ‘Haka-Soul’) has been performed and embraced all around the world. He has become an iconic Māori music figure in Aotearoa, known for his innovative expressions of indigenous lineage, spiritual intellect and environmental connectivity. As a songsmith, Rob has been acknowledged as possessing “a genius that lies in the rare ability of weaving together sound and rhythm, to conjure emotions that bring to life the lyrics of the song.” He has also collected a string of New Zealand Music awards throughout his career, recognised as a leading artist in both traditional and contemporary Māori music spheres.