Lakeside 2020 Artist Line Up
With an appetite for success bigger than a rampaging Godzilla, Savage has dominated the airwaves for years. Savage is the voice behind iconic dance record Swing with Joel Fletcher and viral radio smash hit Freaks with Timmy Trumpet. He hung two quadruple platinum singles plaques on the wall in 2014, and a New Zealand Music Award for highest selling single in 2015. The five times platinum Freaks is a bonafide global bounce anthem, having charted all over the world. It’s no secret that Savage is multi genre artist, having sold in excess of 2 million records as a hip hop artist. However, it was his breakthrough into the global dance realm that championed his third #1 single, and turned the local hero into a dominating success worldwide.
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.
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.
Hollie Smith is one of NZ’s most predominant & iconic musicians. A prolific hardworking singer/songwriter and performer, she has always maintained a highly respected reputation of creating music with the upmost integrity & passion, not to mention her incredible live performances and powerhouse vocals. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, she was approached by NZ songwriting royalty Don McGlashan to perform on a movie soundtrack single Bathe in The River. Topping the New Zealand charts, the single went on to become one of the biggest in New Zealand history.
Dennis Marsh is one of the biggest stars on New Zealand’s country music scene, and has been for many years. Originally from Te Kuiti, his warm, emotionally powerful voice and easy going performing style have helped him earn six platinum and four gold albums in his homeland. In 2011, Marsh celebrated his Maori heritage with the album The Maori Songbook, which gave him a New Zealand number one album for the first time. With 30 album releases, he also received the Record Industry Award for Highest #1 Selling NZ Country Artist of all time.
Established in 2008, a passion for dance brought a group of individuals together to form one of the strongest hip-hip dance crews to come out of New Zealand. Identity Dance Crew created a stir in the hip-hop scene with their unique style and choreographic flare and have since helped change the perception of dance today. Built on the legacy of the original crew, Identity has since developed into IDCO, or Identity Dance Company. Now one of New Zealand’s leading dance collectives, they have a strong reputation for world quality creations and mind altering performances. The unique flavour of Identity Dance Company has also led to multiple medal placings at the World Hip-Hop Championships.
Originally formed in 1998, local legends Kindred have now been playing together for 20 years. Kindred think big, look big and sound big. All members are experienced musicians with an uncanny tendency to pull out the most bizarre riffs. As Rotorua’s signature rock band, they have played hundreds of shows together, supporting many high profile acts including iconic kiwi band Dragon. They also have two tours of China under their belt. Kindred simply means whanau, blood and unity, and that is the secret to their success.
Born and raised in Wellington, soprano Amelia Berry graduated with a first-class honours degree from the New Zealand School of Music. After spending three years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, she received an AMP Scholarship in 2015 to pursue a career in New York. Now back home, Amelia frequently performs with New Zealand Opera, and has also appeared with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheus Choir and Orchestra Wellington.
Howie Morrison Jr
Howie Morrison Jnr has been performing professionally since 1985. Initially performing with his dad as rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Howie launched his solo career in 1990. More recently, Howie has performed with his own trio alongside Russell Harrison & Chris Powley. During his career he has worked with many greats in the entertainment industry, including the likes of John Rowles, Tui Teka, Billy T James, Frankie Stevens, Dalvanius, Eddie Lowe, Toni Williams, Dame Malvina Major, Annie Crummer, Tina Cross and original members of his dad’s quartet.
With a passion for entertaining that goes back to when he first took the stage at age nine, Russell Harrison truly is a ‘Big Man’ of the New Zealand entertainment scene. With credits that include film, televison, recording & radio, he has spent his whole career bringing joy to people through his love of music and performance. Still recognised as a Lotto Presenter and ‘Singer of Songs’ he now travels the world sharing his talents on cruise ships. Recently returning back to television as a host on Kai Safari, he is now busier than ever with his various musical groups. These include Russell Harrison & the Brown Brothers, The Howard Morrison Trio, and the Rat Pack styled Hit Men.
Hailing from a background in Maori Cultural performance, Rewa was performing nightly in concert parties at many of Rotorua’s top hotels from a very young age. In 1983, Rewa branched out as a solo songstress and won a singing competition judged by the late Prince Tui Teka, who then invited her to perform on both of his upcoming television specials. Rewa then honed her singing and entertaining skills on the cabaret circuit, both in Rotorua and Wellington, as well as joining well-established band Cairo. Performing with Sir Howard Morrison in 1999, she then became an essential member of his touring band over the next 10 years, performing at shows both throughout New Zealand and overseas.
Krissie Knap, or Aunty Krissie to most people, was born and bred right here in Rotorua. She has become something of a Rotorua favourite, and is a great example of the fantastic local talent produced in our city. Her passion for music shows in her performances and how she loves to see people tapping their toes and dancing. Krissie made her Lakeside debut in 2019, and has entertained with many great performers throughout her musical career. She has also performed to audiences all over New Zealand and Australia.
Coming from a family of musos, it’s no surprise teenager Hohaia Macfarlane can hold a tune. But when he opens his mouth and expertly belts out in true operatic style, it’s not really what you’d expect. Hohaia’s first experience of the Lakeside stage was a real hit, as he performed a Lucio Dalla number in 2018. With a strong tenor voice, he also has a background in Māori performing arts.
Nikau Grace Chater
Rotorua’s own Nikau Chater is well on her way to becoming a star. In many ways, she’s just like any other 12 year old, except when it comes to her vocal talent. The singer-songwriter’s incredible voice is well beyond her years, and she is bound to be a huge hit at Lakeside 2020.