The Wingman Festival is an off-grid day and night music festival nestled in a breathtaking, world-class landscape in New Zealand. Back for a second edition, the island music festival takes flight at 1 PM on Saturday, January 28, at Claris Sports Club, Aotea/Great Barrier Island. New Zealand’s bass magician K+lab and rock/reggae/funk group Summer Thieves headline the marathon musical extravaganza! Here’s a sneak peek at all you need to know about Wingman Festival 2023; get your tickets now from the Ticket Fairy!
Hailed as possibly the “world’s most remote and most beautiful island music festival,” the Wingman Festival is a 12-hour multi-genre live music experience. This year’s edition will also provide a wellness treat for festival goers, owing to yoga workshops by Aotea Yoga Collective. Adding to the co-headlining performances will be a slew of DJs, musicians, and bands from across Aotearoa.
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Announced for the event as early as June 2022 were music producer K+Lab (Caleb Cowie), indie-pop-inspired five-piece group Summer Thieves, reggae, drum & bass, dubstep crew Knights of the Dub Table, roots and reggae rockers Lost Tribe Aotearoa, Latin electronic quartet Latinaotearoa, and samba, soul and funk artist DJ Bobby Brazuka. Brazuka will perform as a solo act as well as with his groovy South American/Kiwi-infused band Latinaotearoa.
Joining the lineup are house DJ MagikJ, multi-genre sound producer Byte Size, duo Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess, surf rock reggae band Sojøurn, Wingman festival returnee DJ Sammy Senior, three-piece electronic band Floorplay, house and techno specialist Paul ‘DJ Phully’ Sweetman, and many other talented acts! This includes Joe Revell, DJ ADZ (Adam McMonagle), and Cam ‘HANK’ Hankins.
Along with the music, the organizers will host a variety of workshops at the Claris Sports Club. So far, Aotea Yoga Collective‘s yoga classes guided by three yoginis, a hula hoop class conducted by Hoop Dance Academy’s founder, Pixie – a drumming workshop, and a sound journey experience led by duo Chewy and Martha have been announced.
The Wingman Festival was conceived in honor of late musician Kiwi Shane ‘Wingman’ Billingham, who tragically lost his life at Burning Man in 2019. One of the key aims of the Wingman Festival is also to generate funding for Aotea/Great Barrier schools. Wingman Festival proceeds are donated to the school’s fund or used to sponsor the next event.
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We reached out to the roots and reggae band Lost Tribe Aotearoa for a few comments about the upcoming festival. Here is what they had to say!
L.T.A on Wingman Festival
“Wingman is an awesome event with an awesome kaupapa that Lost Tribe is super stoked to be a part of. Aotearoa is also such a beautiful place to hold a festival. We are super excited to be alongside some awesome musicians, who we know and ones we haven’t heard before.”
L.T.A’s setlist at the festival
“You can expect a highly energetic set with crowd singalongs tracking along the whole spectrum of reggae, from dub to ska to heavy rock; there will be something for everyone! We will be playing some brand new tracks from our upcoming EP as well as some old crowd favorites. LTA will be coming in hot!”
Find your tickets to Wingman Festival 2023 at The Ticket Fairy HERE
For more information head on over to www.thewingmanfestival.com
Artists performing at the event: Summer Thieves | Sojøurn | Knights Of The Dub Table | K+lab| Dick Johnson | Byte Size | Sammy Senior | Lost Tribe Aotearoa | Dub Princess | Latin Aotearoa | Joe Revell | Hank | ADZ