Archived: Wondergarden 2017

Auckland City's favourite New Year's Eve festival

Auckland City's favourite New Year's Eve festival Wondergarden returns to Silo Park for the countdown to 2018.

With an absolute dream of a line up covering all of the bases from pop through indie, hip hop and RnB and its perfectly picturesque waterfront location, you couldn't possibly want for more than Wondergarden offers.

Taking the headline spot are Portland-based psychedelic pop group Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The brainchild of New Zealand born frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra are one of the most sought after and revered bands on the planet.

Auckland's golden groove R&B five-piece Leisure have continued to garner attention in the 18 months since they posted their first track Got It Bad. With the song going viral, crossing the globe and seducing fans with its funked up, psychedelic, blissed out homage to laid-back pleasure. 

Dream pop art school dropout Chelsea Jade has been composing energetically with Big Taste (Justin Bieber), Sam McCarthy (Boyboy), Brad Hale (Now Now) and Justyn Pilbrow since her relocation to LA, Chelsea has executive produced her debut record Personal Best due for release in late 2017 and has been nominated for APRA's Silver Scroll award for recent single Life of the Party.



Direct from Onehunga, SWIDT have had New Zealand in a frenzy over the last 2 years, with their flair, raw lyricism, hard hitting production and their electrifying onstage presence. Their debut album STONEYHUNGA which debuted at no.1 on both the iTunes Hip Hop and Pop charts.

Image: Brendan Kitto

Over the past two years, MAALA has risen from little known Kiwi enigma to garnering near instant acclaim on the world stage. Since first single Touch hit the airwaves (reaching #2 on the Alternative Airplay charts and over 2.7 million streams on Spotify alone), the accolades flooded in, the streams kept flowing, and the fan base grew exponentially. 

Through cavernous lows, blissful highs and globe-trotting adventures, music has been by enigmatic folk singer songwriter Nadia Reid’s side the entire way. Whether in New Zealand’s familiar rugged beaches and mountains, brutally windy Wellington, her hometown harbour Port Chalmers or the untrodden territory of faceless hotel rooms or the jungle in Kuala Lumpur, every episode of loss, heartbreak, and disappointment glimmers throughout.

REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J are one of the fastest-rising hip-hop acts in Australia. As well as performing their own sold-out headline tours across Europe and Australia, REMI have also shared the stage with Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$, Blackalicious, Hiatus Kaiyote and were invited to perform Gorillaz tracks with Damon Albarn on each of his Australian shows. 

The Ruby Suns, are the band-ish pseudonym of Norway based nomadic Californian-New Zealander Ryan McPhun. Rhythmically and harmonically complex, McPhun's influences are alluded to like snatches of a jukebox heard across a busy motorway. The touchstones are brief - ELO for four bars, a hint of Julia Holter in an arrangement - before they disappear into a kaleidoscopic tapestry that reveals McPhun to be a singular savant hinted at by his diverse back catalogue. 

Bailey Wiley filters neo-soul classicism through modern, righteous and true live musicianship, the star of the show, her golden voice – both effortless and organic. She has fast gained the respect from her peers and audiences alike. Bailey has already racked up an impressive amount of live performances and features, sharing the stage and collaborating with some of New Zealand most well known musical talent. 

New Zealand born, LA-based songwriter Sam McCarthy aka Boyboy was driving home from a meditation retreat when Prince came on the stereo. Flooding his senses with exuberant pop music after 10-days of silence, McCarthy was hit with a fresh perspective: This fresh dose of mental clarity punctuated by fearless pop has since alchemized into a slew of infectious singles under the moniker Boyboy

As well as a full afternoon and evening of main stage musical entertainment, Wondergarden also features a dedicated family zone away from the main stage with children’s performers and entertainment, as well as New Zealand's favourite street food courtesy of the Food Space food trucks. It all takes place at Silo Park, on the cusp of Auckland Harbour with the best view in the city for the Sky Tower's midnight fireworks display.

Banner image credits: L - Neddwellyn Jones, R - Trevor Villers

Contact details

Silo Park
Beaumont Street and Jellicoe Street