The NZ Cider Festival isn't just about Cider!
Grab a Cider and relax at Main stage..
Kahu S-B & Imani-J
Alyahna Sanson-Rejouis (aka IMANI-J) writes and performs her original songs in Te Reo, English and French. Often accompanied by her cousin, Kahu Sanson-Burnett (aka Kahu-SB), an accomplished guitarist, composer and producer, these two are an emerging tour de force on the Nelson music scene.
Both attended Nelson Central School’s Te Pouahi bilingual unit, and were involved in primary school Kapa Haka, choir and band. These opportunities alongside lessons in piano, guitar, singing and music production have nurtured their musical creativity.
Currently in Yr 9 at Nelson College for Girls, Alyahna’s acoustic singer/songwriter style is a blend of pop and rock. She cites her everyday experiences as the inspiration for her lyrics. Kahu is in Yr 12 at Nayland College, lead guitarist in the band Parallel Park, and devotes many hours a week to honing his musical craft.
Both are now stepping up to do public performances, courageously sharing their passion for music.
New Zealand singer-songwriter Phil is no stranger to the stage, he has been performing since the age of four and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business including Air Supply, Cher, Hank Marvin, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Pointer Sisters, Spandau Ballet, Boyzlife and most recently joined Eddie Rayner’s show ‘ENZO’ in Australia and New Zealand performing the songs of Split Enz alongside an 18 piece orchestra.
Phil is well known in New Zealand for his public performances at the America's Cup opening ceremony and homecoming celebrations, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park and Sky City’s Starlight Symphony.
Phil has two top 20 hits under his belt and won Top Male Vocalist at the New Zealand Variety Artist Awards.
Brazilian Social Club
Steeped in musical traditions from Europe, Africa and Indians, the music of Brazil is an endlessly evolving mixture of fascinating rhythms and sounds. Brazilian Social Club aims to share this beautiful and intoxicating musical culture to the rest of the world with its blend of musicianship, creativity and tradition.
Performing hot Brazilian hits spanning Samba, Xote, Partido Alto, Forro and more, the band's captivating high-energy performances never fail to get audiences on their feet and spinning across the dance floor.
Though newly formed, Brazilian Social Club is fast coming up on the Nelson music scene as a live Brazilian party band, and is geared up for a strong year ahead of shows across the region.
Minor Celebrity is a band that basks in the glow of a 15-minutes-of-fame sunset. These four imaginary reality show C-listers punch out sing-along pop rock ditties that allude to ‘END TIMES’ and a world crashing head first off a hot precipice. Inconspicuous as always, the Minor Celebs process heavy thoughts through lush arrangements to uplift and hearten any crowd needing distraction in over-inflated times.