It’s the best little arts festival in New Zealand and if you haven’t got your tickets, you need to drop what you’re doing and head to the box office.
Have a spot of brunch on Sunday morning then pop along to Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club at the Pacific Crystal Palace on Ardmore Street. Lawrence is a “singer of songs, teller of tales, beloved entertainer par excellence” and promises to leave you “a weeping husk superglued to the couch watching Jeremy Kyle and eating chip sandwiches”. Lawrence delivers his music through wry humour which is a great accompaniment to your eggs benedict on a sunny Sunday morning.
But for those who want a big night on Saturday then head to Finn Andrews at 8.30pm at the Pacific Crystal Palace. You may know him as the leader of The Veils, but now Finn Andrews is stepping out on his own with his first solo album, One Piece At A Time. The album is described as a “sumptuously arranged collection of heartbroken piano-led, orchestral pop ballads”.
For Wanaka locals who want to support their own homegrown entertainment then ‘The Locals’ on Friday night at 6pm is where you can support Martine Harding, Phoebe James and Connor Moore. All three artists began their musical journeys in our neighbourhood but have now diverged into different directions around New Zealand. This is a one-off acoustic performance back where it all started: home.