Festival Garden sessions

A Neighborhood Collective

A Neighborhood Collective is a musical medley of shows featuring some of the best artists from around the Bay, with a healthy dose of up and coming artists you have never seen before.

For four nights only, these musicians and artists will be bringing everything they’ve got, to make these sessions an experience not to be missed. With each artist adding their own style and flare to the mix, these performances are sure to entertain and excite whether you are looking for a night out, or simply relaxing with friends.

Spooky Skeletons

20th October, 5:30pm - 6:15pm

What a pleasure it is to have you in our midst. Our name is Spooky Skeletons and we are a 3-piece folk band, comprised of skellywags playing the voice, guitar, banjo, bass and suitcase. We make pleasant tunes about not so pleasant things that you are sure to enjoy. We endeavour to put on enjoyable performances and encourage the crowd to dance about and sing along - in the hope that they will have as much fun as we are.


20th of October, 6:15pm - 7:00pm

Cashek is a blend of electronic and acoustic elements, rich with cinematic textures and lush soundscapes; ultimately providing listeners with emotive songs destined for introspective reflection, and dancing.
Cashek is on a mission to make ones and zeros into magical music.


25th October 5:30pm- 6:15pm

Best known for her acoustic vibes, Ariana captivates you with her soulful voice and graceful stage presence.  Moving from Gisborne over two years ago the Hawkes Bay based singer is very active on the live music scene...also working on her own original songs and sound in the background. Some career highlights include performing at Rhythm and Vines in 2015 and 2016. Ariana has also been support act for Tiki Taane and was also support for three of Hollie Smiths shows here in Hawkes Bay this year.

Fraser Mack

25th October 6:15pm - 7:00pm

“As much as possible, Mack spends his time playing guitar, writing songs, recording. Mack  first picked up  a guitar at age 16. He’d heard his oldest brother playing a Bruce Cockburn song (Train in the Rain) and thought (in a typical Kiwi way) – ‘if he can, so can I’. So he taught himself. His passion is acoustic guitars, and he began his musical career in the provincial towns of Hastings and Napier. His original music is influenced by folk, rock, blues, funk and flamenco and he’s been inspired by iconic musicians such as Tom Waits, Bruce Cockburn, Dragon, Richard Thompson, Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Springsteen and Katzenjammer.”

DJ Lorenzo

26th of October, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Lorenzo’s live DJ sets, combine mellow hip hop instrumental beds with live saxophone. Lorenzo also plays an eclectic mix of hip-hop, neo-soul and new wave RnB to add a dynamic nuance to his DJ sets.

Joe Cole

27th of October, 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Born in Scotland to a very musical family, and now a Hawkes Bay local, Joe Cole puts a unique psych twang twist on the indie folk genre.

Sarah Wiig

27th October, 6:15pm - 7:00pm

One girl one guitar, a little blonde power that holds on to an audience with an infectious passion you can't help but watch. Folkish Singer-songwriter with a sonic art degree tucked in her back pocket Sarah Wiig is an interesting musical identity. Sarah is an intuitive and experienced performer, always adapting to ensure her audience is entertained. Whatever the setting Sarah is a professional entertainer.

Danica Bryant

28th October 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Winner of Play It Strange's 2019 'Who Loves Who' competition and the 2018 APRA National Lyric Award, Danica Bryant is a passionate young singer-songwriter from Hawkes Bay. Inspired by the fleeting moments of youth, romance, and emotion, Danica is an intense and enchanting performer sure to make you question the world around you.

Eilish Rose

28th of October, 6:15pm - 7:00pm

Eilish Rose is a singer, Songwriter and producer based in Hawkes Bay. Her compositions are a fusion of indie folk with elements of ambient and atmospheric music. Eilish plans on releasing her Ep late 2019

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