Festival ready to go

Last updated 05:00 10/01/2013
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LINE UP ANNOUNCED: Supergroove front man Che Fu will take top billing at the Honey Jam Festival.

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Honey Jam Festival announced its final signing this week.

The lineup of musicians playing at Kerikeri's inaugural music festival to be held on Anniversary Weekend this month is comprehensive, with Supergroove and front man Che Fu taking top billing.

The final signing among the 18 acts is American Matt Reardon, a singer-songwriter from California who will be collaborating with Northland trio Furious 3.

Reardon is coming to Honey Jam for a one-off show in between touring with his new group Black Sunshine, whose song Burn To Shine from their debut album features on an official Red Bull promotional video.

He is also a professional free-skier who lived in Chamonix, France, for five years to indulge his twin passions.

Reardon will be performing what Honey Jam organiser Toby Garland describes as a "slamming 45-minute set" on the main stage with Furious 3.

Enhancing the international contingent at the Honey Jam Festival is Melbourne band Bonjah. The band formed in Tauranga in 2004 but have been based in Australia for the past six years.

Their single Bring Back The Fire received an APRA nomination for the best blues and roots song of the year in 2009.

It was re-released in 2010 and later featured on a 20th Century Fox movie Matching Jack.

Bonjah have toured Australia extensively and have supported major artists such as The Who, Paul Kelly, Counting Crows and Raggamuffin.

Fresh from playing at the JuWi Festival in Germany and to a sell-out London show, the band retreated from live performance for six months of songwriting in preparation for the release of their third album.

They will give a smattering of their new tracks so Honey Jam festival-goers will hear them first.

Leading the solo performer lineup is Jamie McDell, New Zealand's hottest singer of the moment with her hit single You'll Never Take That Away.

Her first album Six Strings And A Sailboat debuted at No 8 on the official NZ Top 40 chart.

Tickets to the Honey Jam Music Festival are available online from Eventfinder and the official festival website. They will also be sold from January 26 at the gate in Te Kowhai Point Rd, Kerikeri.

Go to thehoneyjam.co.nz or search Facebook for Honey Jam Music Festival.

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