If you cast you mind back to the Summers of 2007 and 2008, some of you would remember the Phoenix Festival - a day event of music & markets held at Basque Road Reserve in Newton brought to you by the lovely people from Phoenix Organic Drinks. The 2 successful events featured some of NZ's most recognizable bands, at a point in their career when they were still on the up & up. Phoenix Fest 2007 featured Sola Rosa, Rhombus and Numotion Ensemble (now The Kryptonites), while the 2008 line up consisted of Kora, SJD and Lewis McCallum with his orchestra of freakishly talented musicians.
Fast forward to 2014, Phoenix Fest moves to a new home and teams up with the Kingsland Business Society to become a feature of this years Kingsland Karnival, ‘A week of festivities celebrating the colour of Kingsland’.
KINGSLAND KARNIVAL presents PHOENIX FEST 14
Saturday 22nd March | midday-6pm
Nixon Park in Kingsland
The line up this year is something special, with the OPENSOULS doing a full reunion showcase with the original band lineup. Over the 10 years the band were together, Opensouls released 2 albums and a bunch of 7" vinyl single. The debut album 'Kaleidoscope' released in 2006, was more beat driven and reflected their hiphop/neo soul roots, while the 2010 album 'Standing In The Rain' reflected the sound and feeling of a particular musical era: late '50s and early '60s British and American R&B. Phoenix Fest 14 will see Opensouls playing both albums in their entirety (across 2 sets), broken up in the middle with a TYRA & THE TORNADOES set (complete with B-Boys & Girls).
The Opensouls lineup:
Chip Matthews (Base FM Breakfast): bass, Julien Dyne (Ladi6): drums, Isaac Aesili (Funkommunity): trumpet/percussion, Harlin Davey (DJ Buttafingers): sampler/keys, Cameron Allen (Circling Sun Jazz Band): saxophone, Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad): guitar, Bjorn Petersen: vocals, Tyra Hammond: vocals.
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Keeping it in the family, Isaac Aesili's other musical project FUNKOMMUNITY will also be playing at Phoenix Fest 14. Alternating between soundsystem shows (Isaac Aesili on beats/trumpet,Rachel Fraser on vocals) and full live band sets (Tom Broome: drums, Marika Hodgson: bass, Dan Ryland: guitar), the band have had a very busy summer so far. They played at the Base FM Xmas party in Dec 2013, and have since appeared at Splore, Heineken Open, The Leigh Sawmill, Music In Parks Henderson, Britomart NYE and Dunedin O-Week supporting Chet Faker & Hermitude. Expect a new album from Funkommunity in April 2014!
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Rounding out the line up is AK tastemaker & Conch Record's main man DJ CIAN, with NICK D on master of ceremonies duties. Phoenix Fest is a family friendly event and there will be plenty of activities for the kids!
For more info check out http://www.kingslandnz.com/