Top names at Hawera

Last updated 07:55 06/11/2012

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Two of the country's big-name acts are heading to Hawera.

Ladi6 and Kids of 88 will be headlining this year's ALTfest on Saturday, December 15.

South Taranaki District Council's community services group manager Fiona Greenhill expects there will be a strong demand for tickets which have already gone on sale.

"We're thrilled to be able to secure these two big-name bands. And although the weather was not kind to us last year, we are optimistic for a fine day with a great selection of music," she said.

Ladi6 has been called "New Zealand's answer to Erykah Badu". She spent six months living in Berlin and touring Europe in both 2010 and 2011.

Her debut album Time Is Not Much debuted at No 4 on the New Zealand Top 40 album chart.

She has won many awards, including best female solo artist and best urban hip-hop album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and best urban/hip-hop album at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards.

The group includes Ladi6, her partner Parks and Julien Dyne.

Kids of 88 are a New Zealand New Wave duo based in Auckland. Consisting of Jordan Arts and Sam McCarthy, they are best known for their 2009 single, My House.

Gates at the Hawera Show Grounds (Williams Ave entrance), open at 1.30pm and the entertainment will kick off from 2pm with local acts on first.

This event is R16 and ID will be required. There is no BYO. Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic and food will be available to buy at the event.

Tickets are $32.50 (plus booking fee) from the South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre or Ticketdirect ( or 0800 4 TICKET. This event is brought to you by South Taranaki District Council and The Edge FM. Supported by TSB Community Trust.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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