Newtown Festival Announces 2019 Lineup


The glorious Newtown Festival in Wellington is approaching once again on Sunday 3 March 2019. The hugely popular free festival promises to have something for everybody across 14 streets activated with 13 stages and 7 activity zones, bringing together music, traditional cultural performance, community groups, dance, buskers, circus, parades, fun for the kids, and more.

Among the fabulous lineup of over a hundred acts from Newtown and beyond, including the already announced headlines Ria Hall and Bic Runga, Newtown Festival presents a programme featuring emerging talent alongside established favourites. 

Performance lineup in alphabetical order:

Alan Downes, Ana Te Kōtiro, Anahita, Annabel Lee, Ant Dub, Archie The Brave, Art Vandelay, Balkany, BEING., Ben Woods Group, Bic Runga, BIG FAT RARO, Big Girls, Brannigan Kaa, Bric a Brac Ravers, Bulgarian Dance, C-26, Céilí Mór with Wellington Irish Sessions, Church of Goya, CRYSTAL, D. Tyrone, Dr Reknaw, E/N/T, Earth to Zena, Everybodies Choir, Flix Rose, Fortitude, fruit juice parade, Grayson Gilmour, Grawlixes, Hawaiian Dance Wellington, Holy Serpent, Hot Drugs, i.e. crazy, Imugi 이무기, Ingrid And The Ministers, IT, Jaggers X Lines, JDK, Jesse Drysdale, Julie Lamb, Kubatana and the Moringa Dancers, La Cura, Ladyfruit, Linen, Mamazita, Manaiatoa, MaracaTui, Maxwell Young, Mermaidens, mHz, Mimi Gilbert, Miss June, Move it Danceworks, Mr Fungus, mr sterile Assembly, Mr Wizowski, Nation, Niche, Nigel Parry and Ruth Prentice, Nurakami Taiko, Nutron, NZ Myanmar’s Cultural Performance, O-Boy!, OgKushhh, Orangefarm, Pascal Ackermann, Qualen Mathlay, RadioActive.FM DJs, Ria Hall, Richter City Rebels, Rob Whelan, Rogernomix, Rythmatix, Sam Manzanza, Samba Coletivo Aotearoa, Samba de Roda, Sendam Rawkustra, Septic Steamfish, Shaw Shot, Ska Pai, Sky Canvas, Skye Broberg, Solid Gold Dance Crew, Spook The Horses, Summer Body, T Bone Trio, Tai Chi, Tangata Circus Company, Tazo & Wozza, Tessa Dillon, The Bloodbags, The Brooklyns, The Cosmonauts, The Gracious Deviants, The Loose Cannons, The Night, The Polly Johnson Set, The Scallywags, The Spectre Collective, The Thirsty Night Music Club, The Toni Smith Show, Tidal Rave, Tohorā, Totems, UKNW, Unchained XL, Ursula Le Sin, VANDEL, Vic Manuel and Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly, Vox Ethno, Wellington Batucada, Wellington New Chinese Friendship Association, Wistful Tunes, WOMB, Yayné.

Local venues are participating during the festival as well as hosting after parties.

The 2019 Newtown Festival will mark its 23rd year as a street festival, and 25th year as a celebration of the suburb, which began more modestly in Carrara Park. Newtown Festival is the largest free music festival and street fair in New Zealand.