Princess Chelsea, Balu Brigada and More Head to Cross St Music Festival 2024

Cross St Music Festival cuts the ribbon for its spirited sixth edition on March 9, 2024, illuminating the Laneway on 1 Cross Street, Auckland, with heavy hitters Princess Chelsea, Mirror Ritual, Fathe and the Sweetos, Balu Brigada, and a cartload more! We also spoke with a few artists from the line-up, read on to find out what they had to say and get your tickets to Cross St Music Festival 2024 from The Ticket Fairy!

Make your way to the ultimate laneway block party brewing with a massive melting pot of alternative/indie, afrobeat, R&B, reggae, disco, funk, alternative rock, indie-pop, and electronic artists courtesy of the latest edition of Aotearoa’s Cross St Music Festival. Kicking off from 3 PM onwards, the electric line-up offers a rip-roaring myriad of musicians and bands from all over Tamaki Makaurau.

Kiwi icon Princess Chelsea leaps onto the artist card alongside the likes of Aucklanders DJ and promoter Heylady, afrobeat, disco, and funk act Fathe and the Sweetos, house, baile funk DJ Solnate, electronic pair Kedu Carlo (Jess Penson and Carly Gill), and jazz quartet Fruju Peak. Alternative rock crew Mirror Ritual, liquid DnB maestro Eli Chico, rapper and multi-disciplinary artist Te KuraHuia, alt-pop duo Balu Brigada, and singer-songwriter Geoff Ong are also locked in for the day-long spectacle.

Dunedin’s five-piece indie-rock outfit Hot Sauce Club also joins in with upcoming jazz/funk and rock quartet Junior Junior, rapper OD, EDM artist Baby Zionov, and electronica, downtempo, breakbeat, garage, and jungle producer Jessica Morgan, best known as deepState, round out the live music card. Hot Sauce Club fits this appearance in between dates on the VELVET Record Label Launch Tour. The group has had a stellar 2023, completing their debut country-wide tour, including an appearance at RedHearing and the Department of Arts’ In Bloom showcase.

Princess Chelsea

Fresh off her highly successful ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’ tour of New Zealand, Princess Chelsea is chalked in for a headlining appearance at Cross Street. The producer and dream-pop artist expresses, “I love Cross Street Music Festival, it’s one of the best music festivals in the country and I’m excited to be playing a full headline set with the band. At a time when a lot of festivals seem to be less and less about the actual music – this is a great way to catch some of the most exciting up-and-coming acts around the country and it’s a total bargain.”

Independent artist Geoff Ong takes his brand of pop/rock music on the road to New Zealand’s most popular and free music festival Newtown Festival on March 3, 2023, before heading to Cross St Music Festival. “I’m so excited to play at Cross St Music Festival! It’s in an iconic location with so much musical and cultural history,” revealed Geoff to us, “I’m honored to be on such a diverse and musically eclectic lineup – I love that it’s 100% NZ artists too. The band and I have been planning a super fun set for the festival, we really hope it’s gonna make people want to groove their butts off. Hope to see you there!”

Geoff Ong 

Talking about their appearance at the Cross St Music Festival, Fathe and the Sweetos tell us, “We are bringing a personal, vulnerable, playful set to Cross Street 2024. Something for our family, friends, and Sweeties to inspire the Sweeto life,” cheekily adding, “We will be playing some of our old classics and dropping some fresh new sounds that will make everyone move and one very special person cry.”

They also expressed to us their delight at playing in Auckland: “We are excited to play a new stage in the heart of our community and hope to catch some of Princess Chelsea’s set on the night. Shout out to the event organizers, we are grateful for the opportunity. Cross St has inspired us to take our sound to another level and we can’t wait to share it with you!”

Junior Junior

From performing their first gig in January 2023 to releasing their catchy-sounding debut EP – ‘In The Light‘ (2023), newcomers Junior Junior have tidly carved a space for themselves in the Kiwi music scene. Speaking ahead of the show, frontman Sione Roberts spoke with us about playing at the open-air gig. He states, “We are beyond excited to perform to the whole of Cross Street. We LOVE performing outside as it brings a completely different energy than playing indoors, so to be able to play in such an environment and to such a big crowd is a privilege.”

Dipping into their set, Sione reveals that the group has been working hard all summer to create new music that will be heard at Cross Street. The vocalist/guitarist shares, “We have focused on our set as a whole performance, creating a musical experience, rather than a mere selection of songs that are played one after the other.”

We also heard from DJ, mentor, and promoter Heylady, who declares that she is “stoked” to be performing at Cross Street while also singling out the efforts of festival founder Anya Vitali. “I have wanted to play Cross Street Music Festival for a good few years now so I am stoked to be on this (once again) musically diverse lineup. Anya is an absolute weapon and has done so much to raise up home-grown talent, especially in and around Tamaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road. It’s an honor to play for her and Cross Street. I’m really looking forward to enjoying the day on-site and checking all the other acts out, this is what a block party is all about!”

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