Newtown Festival 2020 Performance Programme Announcement
As we head into the new year, Newtown Festival is rolling up and gathering momentum for another brilliant event on Sunday 8 March. The massive free festival takes over the main drag in Newtown, welcoming friends from around Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington and Aotearoa to party with the locals. Riddiford and its side streets will be activated with over fourteen stages, nine activity zones, 450 stalls, and six participating venues.
A tremendous effort in gathering over 130 acts from Newtown and beyond make up a fabulous lineup to join already announced headliners Tiny Ruins, Louis Baker and Mara TK. From the well-loved and critically-acclaimed, to compelling up-and-comers, to the sharing of vibrant community activity, we present the lovingly curated Newtown Festival 2020 performance programme.
Acts in alphabetical order:
Adoneye, AJA, Al Fraser, Albert River, Alexa Casino and PollyHill, Amamelia, Androgynous Lemon, Annette Esquenet, Arcology, AyN RaNdY, btchmagic, Barry and the Crumpets, Big Girls (Giant Puppets), Bill Hickman, Bill Lake, Billy Lyrical, Bog-Wolf, Bollywood Dance by SDANZ, BRAZZA, BTD Btches, Bulgarian Ensemble Horo, Céilí Mór, ColdxWar, Common Unity Project’s Wandering Koha Cart, Connor and Raph, Contenders, Cookie Brooklyn & The Crumbs, crone, Dad Jokes, Dawn Diver, Don Luchito, Dr. Reknaw, Dub City Movement, Eamonn Marra, Everybodys Choir, FeÑa Latino, Fire & Emergency Burning Kitchen, French for Rabbits, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Fun and Funner, Gale Force Gospel Choir, Gravel Pit, H4LF CĀST, Hand Habits, Hans., Happy Valley, Hawaiian Dance Wellington, Heartbreak Club, Hedge Fund Trader, Hybrid Rose, Inano Dance Group, InDuna, Irish Storytellers/Seanachaí, Israel Starr, Jason Brown, JDK – Just Dance Krazy, Joanna by Day, Jörmungandr, Judy Virago, Kali Ora (Κάλι ορα), Kaniere, Karen O’Leary, KITA, Kiva and Riki, Koa, Koizilla, Kubatana & the Moringa Dancers, L(())VE & HOPE, Last Exit, Lilith, Lola, Louis Baker, Louisa Nicklin, Maaka, Macho Macho, Major Minor, Malcolm S., Manray, Mara TK, Meat, Mi Casa Su Casa, Mikki Dee, Momentum, Move It Danceworks, Mr Fungus, Museum Stork, Na Noise, New Zealand Beatbox, Niko Ne Zna, No mans heath, ODA Dance Studio, Oh La La, Oriental Voices, Orlęta Polish Dance Ensemble, Ounce, Ovus, Paper Plates, Parking Angels, Pencarrow, Polaroids of Polarbears, Power Nap, Ptwiggs, RadioActive.FM DJs, Rangatahi o te Pene, Requin, Riddim Cartel, Roaming Hut, Rubita, Scattered Wreckage, Secret Knives, Severed Beliefs, shannengeorgiapetersen, Shut Up & Dance, Sianne, SOFIA, Solid Gold Dance Crew NZ, Sounds Almighty Sound System, Sounds Like Us, Sports Dreams, Ssendam Rawkustra, Steppa D, Steve King, Steve The Hat, Strange Stains, Sub:Bass, Sugarfoot Stomp, Swallows Nest, Tangata Circus Company, Tarns Hood, Tary Bary, Te Kapa Haka o Te Kura o Ngā Puna Waiora – Newtown School, Te Mana, Terry Shore and the VolunTerry Band, The Birdmann & Egg, The Doubtful Sounds and Te Arokura, The Godwits, The She Jays, The Wellington Youth Circus, The Wooden Box Band, Tidal Rave, Tiny Ruins, Topknot, Traditional Capoeira Angola Roda, Transistor, Unsanitary Napkin, Upper Hutt Posse, Vinyl Burns, Vox Ethno, VU/ZU, warwick and the wankers, Wellington Batucada, Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre, Wellington Fire and Flow Club, Whaea & The Rumble, Willow, Xarama (Χάραμα), Zane & Degge
There are also some very special but secret guest appearances, who will be announced closer to Sunday 8 March 2020.
Newtown Festival kicks off with a mihi whakatau at 9:30am with mana whenua and Newtown School’s Te Kapa Haka o Te Kura o Ngā Puna Waiora on the Tangata Whenua Stage. Then the performance programme officially begins at 10am on the rest of the stages, with final acts finishing up on the side streets by 9pm. Afterparties continue at local venues Bebemos, Newtown Social Club, Black Coffee, The Office, Baobab and Moon, with their lineups announced in the new year.
Newtown Festival is the largest free music festival and street fair in Aotearoa. Newtown Festival 2020 will mark its 24th year as a street festival, and 26th year as a celebration of the suburb, beginning more modestly in Carrara Park.