The annual ROCK FEST has taken the local music scene by storm. After last year’s success, so many bands wanted to participate in 2017, that the event’s promoter, Kingsley Smith had to turn some away. This is the rock event of the year, it’s a must see.

All prof­its will be donat­ed to the Bay of Plen­ty / Waika­to Can­cer Soci­ety. None of the festival’s par­tic­i­pants are mak­ing a prof­it from the event. “Can­cer has affect­ed all the key organ­is­ers, includ­ing myself.” Says Kings­ley Smith. “I am a key­boardist for Knight­shade. Our singer Wayne Elliott has under­gone mam­moth can­cer treat­ment. One of our gui­tarists has had major radio ther­a­py for his throat can­cer. It’s scary stuff and is a wide spread epi­demic. I’ve learned how valu­able life is. So, when it came to cre­at­ing ROCK FEST, we took the char­i­ta­ble high road and des­ig­nat­ed all our prof­its to the fight again­st can­cer.” Help the guys to raise mon­ey by buy­ing a $15 entry tick­et.

Sup­port rock music. Rock music in New Zealand is suf­fer­ing as an under­ground scene, with musi­cians and pro­mo­tors real­is­ing there is no mon­ey in it. Turn­ing ROCK FEST into a non-prof­it event helps to spread the love to rock music and do some­thing amaz­ing for the com­mu­ni­ty. Totara St venue fits in 450 peo­ple. What a great sup­port to all the amaz­ing artists!

There are 8 bands per­form­ing. Head­lin­ers Remote from Auck­land will play their sig­na­ture take on heavy rock, influ­enced by Faith No More and Iron Maid­en. This band knows rock and per­formed alongside such leg­endary New Zealand artists as 8 Foot or Heavy met­al Nin­jas. They are shar­ing the stage with the local The Car­radi­nes. This trio brings back old school punk-rock. A fan­tas­tic band to see live! The impres­sive line-up includes Corid­i­an, Play Big, The Eter­nal Sea, Apol­lo Stem­Train, Bat­tle­cat and Death­nir.

The Car­radi­nes. Pho­to: Corin­ne Ruther­ford of Pix­el Faerie pho­tog­ra­phy

We are so lucky to have this annu­al rock event in our region. With ROCK FEST at Totara St, we have all the major musi­cal gen­res ticked off in the Bay. Rock is a reli­gion. See you in the mosh pit.


When: 28 Octo­ber, 5.30 pm

Where: 11 Totara street, Tau­ran­ga

Entry fee: $15 via Eventfinda ($25 at the door)