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Why these Coastella bands think you should go to Coastella 2019

By India 4 Feb 2019

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With its distinctive Kāpiti Coast personality, Coastella inspires devotion in festivalgoers and musicians alike. As always, this year’s festival (Saturday, 23 February) will feature an incredible line-up of bands, delicious food trucks and plenty of entertainment for all ages.

We chatted to some of the musicians and found out why going to Coastella feels “like a big hug”.

Trinity Roots
TrinityRoots
Photo credit: Vanessa Rushton Photography

TrinityRoots

It's been 20 years since TrinityRoots burst on to the New Zealand music scene, but the joy of performing still hasn't worn off, says lead singer and guitarist Warren Maxwell.

Have you played at Coastella before?

Yes, I had the privilege of playing at Coastella in 2016, but that was just as a solo set. I absolutely loved it. The thing that sticks out for me is all the whānau involvement. When I was looking around, seeing the range, the age groups, it’s just so diverse.

Why should people come to Coastella?

You can YouTube and Spotify till the cows come home, but you cannot beat live. And then the aesthetics, the vibe, the spirit – the wairua – of the place. It’s so beautiful. It’s like all the gods are smiling on Coastella and saying, “Yeah, do it.”

When you’re on stage, you look out into the audience and all you can see is smiles.

What makes Coastella unique?

You really feel like you’re part of a whānau, in terms of the arts community. There’s an old Māori model where, back in the day, people used to get together around singing and storytelling and kai. To me, that’s what Coastella is about.

What do you think Coastella does for the Wellington/Kāpiti music and events scene?

Coastella provides a platform for artists that you might not have heard of, so it’s the exposure and the diversity. It’s so important for us, culturally, to be exposed to those other groups and those sounds. It’s enriching for us.

What act are you excited about seeing?

The Beths are amazing. I haven’t seen them live yet, but I just love them. And I’m really looking forward to seeing C.W. Stoneking.

Why are you excited about playing at Coastella?

For me, personally, music is a form of therapy, so to be able to give that but also to receive. When you’re on stage, you look out into the audience and all you can see is smiles. And it feels good.

Rosy Tin Teacaddy

Rosy Tin Teacaddy is the only Coastella 2019 act who will be performing on their home turf – the "gothic folktronica" duo hails from Paekākāriki. 

Have you played at Coastella before?

No. We’re looking forward to delivering a polished set, a few new tunes and live set-up.

Why should people come to Coastella?

I’ve really enjoyed taking the whānau along – there are cool activities for the kids and a friendly vibe to the festival, with the added bonus of dancing together. Good memories of dancing to Glass Vaults last year with a semi-naked kid on my shoulders.

What makes Coastella unique?

The venue – it’s not every day you get to festival around iconic ’70s architecture and a wicked bunch of antique cars.

What do you think Coastella does for the Wellington/Kāpiti music and events scene?

For Wellingtonians, it’s an invitation to get out of the city, picnic and dancing shoes in tow. For Kāpiti residents, it’s the only large-scale festival on our doorstep.

What act are you excited about seeing?

I’m keen to catch the Beths play and reminisce with some Trinity Roots.

Why are you excited about playing at Coastella?

We are playing on the inside stage at the festival, which suits our theatrical, quieter vibe. We’re looking forward to taking audience members on a bit of a trip.

Mama Kin Spender
Mama Kin Spender

Mama Kin Spender

Melbourne's Danielle "Mama Kin" Caruana and her bandmate, Tommy Spender, can't wait to perform their genre-defying music with a Wellington choir.  

Have you played at Coastella before?

No, but I am beyond excited. A well-run festival can ignite community spirit and be a platform not just for the arts and a good time, but for connection and legacy. I’m particularly looking forward to working and performing with Wellington’s very own Supertonic choir.

A good dose of the right kind of festival first thing in the year can charge your batteries and set you up for an optimistic outlook on the year ahead.

Why should people come to Coastella?

Coastella works hard to deliver a festival which is friendly for all people to come and enjoy, a family-friendly atmosphere centred around good connection and quality musical experiences. I think a good dose of the right kind of festival first thing in the year can really charge your batteries and set you up for an optimistic outlook on the year ahead.

What makes Coastella unique?

The fact that they focus on being boutique and accessible to all ages sets this festival aside from the rest. It can be so tempting when something is going well to want to bigger it and bigger it (sorry, can’t resist a Lorax reference when possible), but I believe there is great craft is deepening a festival experience rather than expanding it.

What do you think Coastella does for the Wellington/Kāpiti music and events scene?

Festivals which simultaneously create opportunities for local and international acts create a legacy bigger than just the sum total of the festival opening hours. This opens a possibility for networks and collaborations.

What act are you excited about seeing?

I am actually a huge Trinity Roots fan, so I can’t wait to see those guys perform. I have checked out all of the acts on the bill, and I am really going to try to get around to as many as possible. Such a great line-up. Super quality over quantity – my kind of festival experience.

Why are you excited about playing at Coastella?

Connecting with the artists, performing with a local choir, being with an audience of Wellingtonians, seeing great acts, eating yummy food … just the whole vibe.

Richter City Rebels
Richter City Rebels

Richter City Rebels

The Coastella After Party (R18, tickets sold separately!) is going to be a night to remember thanks to Jake Baxendale and his bandmates' New Orleans-inspired sound. 

Have you played at Coastella before?

Not with the Richter City Rebels, but a bunch of us played the after-party a couple of years ago with the Presidents of Funk – that was a great gig. Got to catch Phoenix Foundation, too, which was rad. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time now.

Why should people come to Coastella?

Coastella is not your average festival in that it’s got very few of the usual lowlights – it’s generally fair weather, all the stages are super close together, and the wee bowl of the land it’s set in lends itself to a friendly, intimate sort of experience. It’s like a big hug.

What makes Coastella unique?

I think it’s that relaxed atmosphere that gives me the best vibes, and I love driving up there along the coast from Wellington, too.

What do you think Coastella does for the Wellington/Kāpiti music and events scene?

It’s great to have a festival that’s accessible to Wellington but isn’t in Wellington. I’ve always been a big advocate for venues and festivals in the regions. You have to get out there to experience the best of Aotearoa, and the audiences always seem super appreciative to me.

What act are you excited about seeing?

I’m very stoked to be able to catch the Beths.

Why are you excited about playing at Coastella?

I’m looking forward to kicking around with my mates from the Rebels and checking out some dope bands, then bringing the party afterwards when we play.

The Miltones
The Miltones

The Miltones

This Auckland-based blues-rock band is one to watch – they took home Best Independent Debut Album at last year's Taite Music Awards.

Have you played at Coastella before?

This is going to be our first experience playing a festival in Wellington/ Kāpiti. We love playing in Wellington and have been hanging out to get back down. Festivals are where I have the most fun playing in the band.

Why should people come to Coastella?

Coastella looks like a homely, family-friendly event. I love that – some of my greatest memories as a kid are watching bands with my folks, so it’s nice to see all age groups welcomed to the Coastella grounds.

Coastella is going to give people the opportunity to discover and fall in love with acts that they haven’t possibly seen or heard of before.

What makes Coastella unique?

The main thing is the passion behind the organisers. I love the amount of aroha and soul that’s gone into this event. Gerry Paul, the Coastella director, is such an awesome human and he goes out of his way to create amazing events for all kinds of people.

What do you think Coastella does for the Wellington/Kāpiti music and events scene?

Coastella is going to give people the opportunity to discover and fall in love with acts that they haven’t possibly seen or heard of before. Plus, it’s another incredible festival in a beautiful location. Wellington already has amazing culture – this is another awesome addition to that reputation.

What act are you excited about seeing?

Basically everybody. I hope to catch as much of each group’s set as possible. I recently watched C.W. Stoneking in Melbourne, and he’s Lead Belly’s Australian ghost. Can’t wait to witness his magic again.

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Coastella 2019

Firmly cementing its place as New Zealand’s most talked about boutique music festival, Coastella returns to the stunning Kāpiti Coast with an eclectic trans-Tasman line up.

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