Sons of Zion have well and truly earned their place in the upper echelons of New Zealand music.
From their humble Kiwi beginnings, to playing shows across the globe and dominating charts, Sons of Zion have amassed an impressive 12 million streams on Spotify, more than 10 million views on Youtube and 100,000-plus followers on social media.
It’s a track record that has established Sons of Zion as one the southern hemisphere’s most-loved and well-respected bands.
They made their mark in 2009 with their self-titled debut album, following it up in 2013 with their full-length studio album Universal Love, which included the smash singles ’Be My Lady’, ‘Good Love’ and ‘Tell Her’ – the latter two songs achieving #1 urban and #1 NZ airplay respectively. The hits continued to flow with ‘Stuck on Stupid’, ‘Fill Me Up’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘Hungover’ and ‘Now’, winning over new and old fans alike.
All the while, Sons of Zion – Rio, Sam, Joel and Matt – have continued to push boundaries with their sound, evolving from their early days as a reggae act to the five-piece that exists today. A band not confined by genre but simply motivated to making music that speaks to the heart and soul. And that’s evident on their latest release, 2017’s EP, The Jukebox Suite, which peaked at #2 on the iTunes Album Chart and #9 in the NZ album chart.
The four-track EP cleverly weaves together roots and reggae influences with old- school soul and funk, infused with hints of R’n’B and catchy pop. The record’s lead single ‘Is That Enough’ feat. Aaradhna immediately shot to #1 on both iTunes and the NZ Viral Spotify Chart and climbed to #1 on the Urban Airplay chart, #1NZ Airplay and #1 on the Top 20 NZ Singles Chart.
“The Jukebox Suite has been a tasty teaser to the 2018 summer festival sound, a tempting morsel of sunshine, sand and sunscreen and another indication that New Zealand can drop those dub/reggae/RnB beats up there with the world’s finest” – www.musicnet.co.nz
They’ve toured New Zealand more times than they can count and have also played sold out shows across Australia, Tahiti, Japan, Rarotonga, Samoa and the US.
Sons of Zion’s hard work and commitment to taking their music to their fans has established them as one of the best live acts on the touring circuit. It’s a reputation reinforced by explosive and energetic live performances at some of biggest festivals around, including Homegrown, One Love and Ragamuffin.
Their accolades include NZ On Air Best Music Video Award for Superman and nominations for ‘Best MÄï¿½ori Urban Roots Album’, ‘Best Song By A Maori Artist’ and
‘Best Song Writer’ at the Waiata Maori Music Awards.
You could crunch the numbers but with a band like Sons of Zion, the music speaks for itself. And there’s no stopping them!
Sons of Zion will be performing for you FREE at this years Royal Easter Show.
Originally hailing from the iconic group Supergroove, Che built himself a very successful solo career that has today left his as a symbol of kiwi music.
Che writes and produces all of his music and also writes the treatments and directs his music videos.
In 2014, Che was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Pacific Music Awards, for all of his contributions to New Zealand music.
Che is also an established DJ, so he can offer your event something very special with all of his skills.
Che Fu will be performing for you FREE at this years Royal Easter Show.
This highly energetic Auckland cover band knows how to cater to everyone. Playing everything from the 80’s classics through to today’s hits they have a little something for everyone.
Fifth Element have been kept very busy playing to corporate functions for the likes of Coca cola, Microsoft, Meetings, Trentz, Labtests just to name a few!
Made of Josh Leys (vocals), Dino Lawton (drums), Garrat McGrawe (keys and bass), Les Watne (guitar) and Clare Michelson (vocals) this super experienced five-piece are a
must for your next function!
Fifth Element will be performing for you FREE at this years Royal Easter Show.
Starting from the 2010 hit Juice TV show ‘Chillin with Leys and Keys’, Josh Leys and Andy Keys have fast become the best duo you’ve seen in a long time. With just two guys, they effortlessly create music on the fly till it literally sounds like an 8 piece band. But don’t be fooled into thinking its tricks as it’s created with a recording device called a looping pedal all live.
Leys and Keys will play all your favourite songs and will have you dancing from the get go. Oh, you wanted background? They’ll just get you politely toe tapping at your classy dinner event then. There’s nothing Leys and keys can’t do for your function. They have tons of experience in the corporate world, just recently playing at the seafood festival and also the huge event called Seeport from the ports of Auckland.
Leys and Keys will be performing for you FREE at this years Royal Easter Show.
Michael Murray is an Auckland- based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter.
As a covers artist he is perhaps best known for his incredible versatility, whether it’s giving a little background ambience or packing a dance floor, he really knows how to read and adapt to the energy of a room.
With a seemingly endless repertoire, there is something for everyone, no matter your favourite genre or decade.
Murray has in recent years become highly respected in the Auckland & New Zealand music scene, his resume including several high-profile shows such as Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park and Rhythm & Vines.
Michael Murray will be performing for you FREE at this years Royal Easter Show.
Tip-toeing the line between charmingly playful and painfully insightful, Sam Allen is a shining singer songwriter based in central Auckland.
Having attained a BA in Music at Auckland University, Sam has been a live performer around Auckland for the past three years. His live performances can flow from melancholy acoustic to upbeat soul, and with energetic vocals and rhythmic guitar playing, he’s an act you don’t want to miss.
Sam also carries an array of original songs in which he writes through his observations of others as most great songwriters do. Writing from the heart his unique acoustic pop/rock flavour remains true to the “kiwi” singer songwriter tradition. Sam’s live performances also echoes a deep promise of potential; any true fan of the acoustic genre should sample Sam’s melodies, and witness his performances, as Sam Allen will no doubt follow in the singer songwriter footsteps of our very best.
Two Many Chiefs is an Auckland based trio, with a combined performance time of 30+ years. Dillon, Lou’ana and Cam bring a unique and dynamic performance to the table. They have a wide range of material ranging from jazz standards to modern top 40. They’ll have you singing along to songs you know or mingling to timeless classics. They are not only a very talented trio but skilled in there own right.
Dillon can be seen Singing lead with Hipstamatics. He’s fronted legendary guitarist Billy TK Senor and can also be seen with “Harvey Knows A Killer” where he features as singer/
keyboardist. Lou’ana Pereira-Dinnan was born singing naturally. From a young age she was completely immersed in music and performance. She currently sings with local Auckland funk bands Fibonacci and Hipstamatics. When she’s not funking it up, she can be seen fronting the 22 piece Queen City big band, or the house band downtown at Orleans.
The moment Cam touched a drum kit at age 10 he knew he had found his passion in life. With 12 years drumming experiencehe is without doubt a very talented and sort after
performer. He is currently playing for “Hipstamatics,” “Sal Valentine and the Baby Shakes,”Phil Broadhurst, and every other well respected musician who can get his hands on him.
Velour Estate is bringing glamour back with their sultry, laid back lounge vibe.
The talented trio’s love for old school jazz and contemporary RnB/Pop led them to develop the sound of what they call ‘soulful sessions’.
On piano is the talented Andy Keys accompanied by Hannah McGrail on vocals and Josh Leys on guitar and vocals.
Combining keys, loop rhythms, guitar and beautifully blended three part harmonies their sound is smooth, stripped back and relaxed with a bit of a twist.
If you are looking for top shelf at your event, look no further than Velour Estate.
Velour Estate is:
Hannah McGrail – vocals
Josh Leys – vocals, loops, guitar
Andrew Cochrane – keyboards, loops, vocals
New Zealand’s largest family show is held during
the Easter break at the ASB Showgrounds in
Greenlane, Auckland. Always a massive line-up of
entertainment, circus acts, rides and A&P Show!
217 Green Lane West
P: 09 638 9969
P: 0800 SHOWGROUNDS