Bic Runga, Tim Finn and The Topp Twins will perform a 2-hour variety concert, together with the Hātea Kapa Haka group. Expected to be a stand-out entertainment event, the Kiwi Concert Party brings together a who’s who of musical and comedic talent at Auckland’s exceptional outdoor venue Villa Maria.
Onboard since the conception of this wonderful show, Tim Finn is looking forward to hitting the stage:
"I thought after everything we'd been through together in 2020, a mix of music and comedy would be a great tonic. A modern take on the old "Variety" show. Then I flashed on those famous images of Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe scurrying under the still whirring blades of a helicopter towards a makeshift stage. And I remembered Dad telling me about the troops being entertained in WW2. The idea for a Kiwi Concert Party starring Bic Runga, the Topp Twins and myself felt both classic and timely. Add into that mixture the Hātea Kapa Haka group with their amazing vocal harmonies, a musical director of the calibre of Karl Stevens, acclaimed songwriter Reb Fountain and iconic DJ Manuel Bundy and you have a unique and celebratory event. We will share the stage and shift the mood, reminding everybody what a special place NZ is. Have a sing, have a laugh, have a dance and a drop of the doings. See you there!"
Bic Runga, Tim Finn and The Topp Twins are New Zealand artists who really need no introduction. However, this will be the very first time the three acts have been on stage together performing each other’s songs.
The Kiwi Concert Party will share the stage with the Hātea Kapa Haka AND a multi-piece house band comprising of some of NZ’s most accomplished musicians including Kody Nielson, Brett Adams and Jol Mullholland.
Hātea Kapa Haka was formed in 2000 by the whanau of Pēhiāweri Marae. The membership is drawn from the whānau of the marae and extends to others who reside in Whāngarei as well as from Auckland and further afield.
Hātea is focused on holding and maintaining Ngā Mahi ā Te Rēhia me Tānerore and strives to contribute to the excellence of Māori performing arts. The group have received multiple accolades for their original compositions and performances and will be joining Bic Runga, Tim Finn and The Topp Twins over the evening.
Opening the live concert proceedings on the night is Reb Fountain with her full band. Award-winning songwriter Reb Fountain was born in San Francisco and immigrated with her family from North American to Lyttelton – the quiet port town out of Christchurch that has been fundamental to the South Island folk scene, raising artists like Delaney Davidson, Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding. Reb currently dominates the kiwi music scene with an APRA Silver Scroll nomination for her song ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ as well as five nominations in the Aotearoa music awards for Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist, Best Alternative Artist, Best Producer and Best Album Art for her recent self-titled album which was released in May 2020.
Villa Maria, Auckland’s finest outdoor venue has hosted some of the greatest names in music. Attending shows at Villa Maria is a unique and picturesque concert experience set in a beautiful vineyard. Families can enjoy one complimentary child under 12 years old, a picnic-style evening in the GA fields. Reserved seating is also available for those who would like a more upfront experience with a great view. All patrons, including children, will require a full-priced ticket in the reserved seating area.