LINE-UP FOR NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST EVER COMBINED AFROBEATS, REGGAE AND R&B MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
Inaugural Eden Festival line-up revealed with global Afrobeats, Hip-Hop/R&B and Reggae icons
Published: Friday 9 June, 2023
June 12, 2023: New Zealand’s first music festival to blend the hypnotic rhythms of Afrobeats, Amapiano, Reggae and R&B will be held in Auckland on Saturday October 7 headlined by global Hip-Hop and R&B sensation Ms Lauryn Hill and supported by a range of leading acts including NZ superstars SIX60, who will be playing their iconic album ‘GOLD’ in full, the first time the band has ever done so at a music festival.
The culturally-diverse lineup for the festival, which will be staged at Go Media Stadium, was released at 8am today which features other global stars such as Davido, Giveon and many more. Pre-sale tickets are available from 7pm on June 21st via Ticketmaster and general ticket sales from 7pm on June 22nd. The full line-up is detailed in the attached poster and includes:
Ms Lauryn Hill
Eden Festival will be headlined by Hip-Hop & R&B royalty Lauryn Hill who celebrates the 25th anniversary of her seminal solo debut album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. This work was era-defining, successfully integrating Rap, Soul and Reggae into a singular sound - something that hadn’t been done before. Eclectic, uplifting and empowering, the album is often cited by younger artists as the industry benchmark. This marks Ms Hill’s first tour of New Zealand in over 4 years.
Six60 are considered one of New Zealand’s leading rock bands after building a huge fan base since establishing in 2008. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2011 on their own label Massive Entertainment and debuted at number one in the NZ charts, going gold within a week. Their first two singles “Rise Up 2.0” and “Don't Forget Your Roots” reached number one and two respectively on the singles chart and both went double and triple platinum.
In 2018 the band won five New Zealand Music Awards and were the most streamed artist by NZ fans on Spotify. In February 2019, Six60 became the first local band to play a sold-out concert at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland to a crowd of 50,000. They repeated this success two years later at Auckland's Eden Park Stadium.
The event will represent global Afrobeats star Davido’s debut in New Zealand. Davido blends traditional African elements with global mainstream pop and R&B that's equal parts unique and infectious.
His rise over the last five years has been impossible to ignore, boasting over 10 million monthly listeners across streaming platforms and having collaborated with heavyweights like Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. This Nigerian icon has a huge fan-base in NZ and the team at Eden Festival can’t wait to host him.
US star Giveon, who will also make his debut at Eden Festival, rose to prominence with his
collaboration with Drake on their 2020 single ‘Chicago Freestyle’. That same year, Giveon released the EPs ‘Take Time’ and ‘When It's All Said and Done’, the former being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and the latter reaching the Top 10 on the US Top R&B Albums chart.
The rest of the lineup doesn’t slow down with Reggae and Afrobeats/Amapiano artists including Koffee, Katchafire, Sammy J, DJ Sir-Vere and many more. No such festival representing the distinct sub-cultures of Eden Festival have been held in New Zealand before.
Festival spokesperson Emal Naim, of FestCo Events, said the concept of Eden Festival had been under development for some years. “We have been working on the concept of a speciaist festival to cater to Afrobeats, Amapiano, Reggae and R&B for some time and are pleased to finally bring this opportunity to New Zealand fans,” he said. “We are now keen to establish Eden Festival as a regular event on the New Zealand music calendar.”
Eden Festival is proud to be supported by partner Mai FM, New Zealand's largest urban contemporary radio network promoting Māori language and culture and broadcasting hip hop and rhythm and blues. For more information and ticket sales go to: www.edenfest.co.nz