One Love Festival Is Off To a Flying Start in New Zealand Next Year

Thursday 1 June 2017

One Love Festival Is Off To a Flying Start in New Zealand Next Year

The highly-anticipated 'One Love Festival' finally announced their 2018 performances having 15,000 people pre-registered already.

Make way for the best musical acts as multi-talented artists take the Tauranga stage this January 2018. Expect to see the roots, rock, reggae extravaganza move from its normal Waitangi weekend date to the Auckland Anniversary weekend.

For the past three years, One Love has drawn around 60,000 people in Bay of Plenty - with the last two years selling out. One Love Festival 2018 promises two days of good vibes and exuberant performances brought by some of the biggest names in music from around the world. From Steel Pulse, Third World, Fiji, Tarrus Riley, Black Slate, Kolohe Kai, Big Mountain, Collie Buddz and much more. It’s also hosted many of Aotearoa’s best acts, including Six60, Aaradhna, Katchafire, Kora, Sammy J, Three Houses Down and Tomorrow People.

Bringing their sweet sounds to New Zealand for the first time ever is Toronto-bred, LA-based MAGIC! who smashed 2014 Billboard Hot 100 with their reggae-pop tune 'Rude' holding the no. 1 spot for six weeks. Joining them is Grammy-winning Jamaican singer Shaggy who's been a force to be reckoned with since he exploded on the scene in 1993.

Straight outta Compton, J Boog will make a triumphant return to the festival joined by Hot Rain feat. Siaosi and Californian-based Common Kings following their mind-blowing One Love debut last year.

Also on the bill are the legendary British reggae act Aswad who hit the big time in 1988 with their chart-topping tune 'Don't Turn Around' and flying the flag for Hawaiian sounds are Maoli who took the islands by storm in 2008. Joining them will be singer-songwriter Anuhea with her sweet blend of pop and reggae and legendary Black Uhuru who are looking forward to bringing their Jamaican reggae next year.

As always the two-day event will host some of the best homegrown talent which include House of Shem, 1814, Sons of Zion, Sammy J, Ardijah, Herbs, Swiss, Foundation and a special appearance by the Marley NZ All Stars featuring a bunch of Kiwi legends, including Tiki Taane, Laughton and Fran Kora, Boh Runga, Logan Bell, Ria Hall and Annie Crummer.

Stay tuned for the second line-up announcement on August 1, when another big headliner will be revealed, alongside a who’s who of talent.

Here is the awesome line-up of musical icons for the 2018 festival:
- Shaggy
- MAGIC!
- Common Kings
- Aswad
- J Boog
- Black Uhuru
- Hot Rain feat. Siaosi
- Maoli
- Anuhea
- House of Shem
- 1814
- Sons Of Zion
- Sammy J
- Ardijah
- Herbs
- Swiss
- Foundation
- Marley NZ All Stars

Don't miss your chance to witness one of Aotearoa’s best summer festivals, hosting a relaxed and upbeat vibe that draws punters from all over the globe.