Four reasons to visit Mt Maunganui ROCK FEST this October

by | Sep 10, 2017 | The Arts

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)

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