• UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Fetival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival

A five day festival of the arts around the Bay of Islands region.

2 – 7 April 2019

September Moon

September Moon is based in the Bay of Islands and comprise Makareta Umbers (vocals/percussion), Julian Brady (guitar), Dave Hill (drums) and Alan Thomas (bass). With a repertoire of outstanding songs from the Great American Songbook through to contemporary soul, they deliver mellow grooves and cool lyrical jazz. Nice!

when Thursday 6 April

TIME 6.15 – 7.15 pm

PLACE The Turner Centre bar prior to Lady Rizo performance.

Penny Royal Tea

Formed in 2014 after Nick Laird (Guitar, Stomp) and Cat Logan (Vocals, percussion) met at a St. Patrick’s Day gig over a love of Celtic music. Nicks energetic style of guitar playing mixed with Cats raspy vocals proved to be a successful mix. Having performed their unique blend of folk and indie rock around Northland they are currently debuting their own material. A shared outlook to bring something alternative and entertaining with their performances combined with Nicks sound engineer skills makes for a big sound from this fantastic duo.

when Saturday 1 April

time 10.00 am – Midday

PLACE The Old Packhouse Market, Kerikeri


PLGHS Peace Love n Good Happiness n Stuff!

This powerful acoustic trio specialises in R&N, soul, reggae, funk and rock. It blends renowned musicians from the 1970’s to today for a relaxed, toe-tapping and intimate performance that is always well received.

PLGHS brings duelling acoustic guitars to the fore supported by three vocalists all sharing the lead role with diverse harmonies, putting their spin on music you may know.

when Saturday 8 April

time 12.15 pm – 1.15 pm

PLACE Kainui Road Vineyards prior to Miles Calder & The Rumours performance


Taylah Barker & Luke

Taylah Barker & Luke are a two piece band, who make their living from teaching and playing music. Taylah Barker is a vocalist and songwriter from Northland, who has performed at venues and events all over the region including, the Whangarei Fritter Festival at Toll Stadium, The Paihia It Festival and opening for Fly my Pretties on their Homeland Tour.

Taylah Barker & Luke’s original music has a uniquely fresh sound paired with an underlying rawness. Their inspirations include Rootsy New Zealand music, contemporary jazz and the driving rhythms of Classic rock.

UPSURGE Festival 2017 - The Dalton Trust Supporters of "Taylah Baker and Luke"


when Sunday 9 April

TIME 5.15pm – 6.15pm

PLACE Turner Centre Bar – Prior to “How To Keep An Alien” performance



To our wonderful sponsors & supporters

The Festival simply would not be possible without the support of so many generous sponsors, funders, patrons and supporters. It takes a huge amount of energy and money to plan and deliver a festival of this scale and we are truly grateful to all of those who have seen the value of what we do and helped make it all possible.

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