2009 Cuba Street Carnival To Light Up Wellington

Thursday 5 February 2009

The 2009 Cuba Street Carnival is living up to its reputation as NZ's largest FREE music festival! There are more than ten stages planned throughout Cuba Street and Courtenay Place on Saturday 21st February.

Over 80 bands and DJs will perform at the day and night event, with everything from Cuba St Main Stage acts The Tutts, The Ruby Suns and Dam Native to Caribbean-style steel bands and a huge range of Latin American music.

Artistic director Chris Morley-Hall says, "With over 200 bands approaching us for 2009, it's been a great opportunity to create a diverse and exciting programme."

Many of Wellington's famous bars are coming out onto the street with great line ups. Hope Bros will have Ladi6 and the infamous Turnaround (with Manuel Bundy, Cian and the Submariners). Coyote Bar has the Mamaku Project and The Aviators, and The Establishment will have a special guest performance by comedian Adam Page and his fifteen musical instruments.

Meanwhile in Cuba Mall, the Mighty Menagerie are planning some crazy antics, describing their area as "a country club of sorts - but a teeny bit twisted".

Jonathan Crayford will finish off the night on the Cuba St Main Stage with an all-star, mega line up called "the Revolution is Live", which includes Ricky Gooch (Trinity Roots) and Joe Lindsay (Fat Freddy's) and many others in a stellar ensemble.

Playing at the Carnival are:
Nike Ne Zna - Sam Manzanza - The Woolshed Sessions - Ginger Brown - The Ruby Suns - Bonaparte - The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra - Dam Native - Bang! Bang! Eche! - Olmecha Supreme - The Tutts - Jonathan Crayford's Revolution is Live - DJ Manray - King Fatty The Grand Rotator - The Spotlight Kid - Dubhead - Ras Twig - Yardwise - Goosebump - Stinky Jim & Mighty Asterix - Vital Sounds Hi-Fi - DJ Mac - Taihappy Taipua - Sweet Cheatin' Reta - Glasnot - Le Coq Noir - Double YA D - DJ Kremer - Volcana - JP Young - Baby Baboon - TV DiSKO - Rap Authority - Living on Video - Kazaam Blam - Will Jackman - Maddie Heiner - Ten Cities - Moana Etc - Louis Baker - Robbie Lawton - Julia Parr - Jesse Shehan - Bring Back the Nineties - The Charm School Rejects - The Stray Dogs - The Pawn Shoppe Boys - The Philosophers - Too Funky - We are Violet - E-motion and The Feelings - The Pyramid Scheme - New Friend - Buff Marvin - The Pleasures - Kev Fresh - Harbour City Electric - The Turnaround with Manuel Bundy & Cian & Submariner - Ladi6 - The Drop Kick Cousins - Mariachi - Roda de Samba - Madera Fina - Brazealand - The Jineteros - Salson - Zirigidum - Zamba Flam - Clave Latina - Brazil Beat Sound System - The Aviators - Mamaku Project - Stick Men - DJ Hunter - Beetrootz - The Noodles - Adam Page - Uncle Monkey - Shenanigans - Jafa Mafia System - and the Southern Star Steel Band.