Newtown Rocksteady

  • When: 4th Mar 12:30pm
  • Where: South Riddiford St
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Newtown Rocksteady is a dance band that simply makes you move. Cool covers, righteous melodies, and hot original songs, Rocksteady is more than a band, it’s a moment in life when you just have to be there!

From humble beginnings as a community dance band, Newtown Rocksteady has evolved over the 10 years since its formation to become a force to be reckoned with! With a strong sense of community still flowing through the band, and the focus still squarely on getting people moving, they are now a professional, rock-solid 13-piece ensemble capable of creating an instant party wherever they go.

Their sounds and styles are inspired by the late 60’s crazes of rocksteady and ska dancehalls in Jamaica and England. And the result? An inspired sound, with an infectious combination of mellow rhythms and upbeat dance tunes to get the whole family grooving!

Newtown Rocksteady present a unique spin on the well-loved New Zealand reggae/dub sound championed by the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots and Katchafire.

"Among the many reggae bands here in Aotearoa [New Zealand], their music stands apart and reaches back to a sound further and deeper than most bands have explored here before. With a repertoire focused around some of the pioneering legends of Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae, the 13-piece band are not to be missed when they come by a town near you. Expect infectious grooves, impeccable musicianship, and good vibes. "

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