Splore Art Guide

Splore Art Guide

Art is a party and we are celebrating creative thinking at SPLORE!  Artworks will be lighting up the festival with bursts of sculpture and effervescent interactive experiences to enthuse and delight.  The artists involved this year have responded to the theme of celebration, taking inspiration from the party that is SPLORE and using ideas that embrace the nostalgia of childhood celebrations, past SPLORE revelries and future merriment which is yet to happen.

New delicacies, tasty delights, hundreds and thousands of bright sparks – the art programme at Splore will be a smorgasbord of imagination and brilliant design – see what’s on offer below!


Splore Wellness Guide

Splore Wellness Guide

Splore isn’t just about the celebration in the form of a party, but also the celebration of your body, mind, soul and spirit. It’s extremely important to nourish these, especially after a long night on the d-floor and there’s no better place to do so than Wendy’s Wellness. Wendy’s Wellness offers professional, holistic, integrative health and wellbeing sessions across a wide range of options. You can yoga stretch, belly laugh, go on a sound journey, focus on personal exploration, learn new massage techniques, find out about the secret world of water and much more. With so much to choose from, check out our wellness guide below to help you choose your wellness journey this Splore.

Splore Foodie Guide

Splore Foodie Guide

Food glorious food! - Need we say anymore!  One thing you should know about Splore is there is plenty of FOOD! There is an array of different vendors to cater to everyone’s needs. Think fair trade, free range, organic and the best part is every dietary requirement is catered for. There is an astounding selection of culinary delights, which are great value for money - so let your taste buds ex-SPLORE the multiple vendors.  Salivate while you celebrate and get what you need to refuel those dancing feet. Check out our Foodie Guide below for some festival inspiration...

10 Things You Need to Know About Splore

10 Things You Need to Know About Splore

Splore is not only known for its incredible range of musical talent but for a variety of other exciting and engaging things. Whether you’re an avid Splore goer or you’re new to the Splore scene, there is always something new to learn. We’ve put together the top 10 things that you should know about Splore. Test out your knowledge and check it out below…

5 Splore Essentials

5 Splore Essentials

Splore newbie? Here’s a list of 5 essentials you need to bring to Splore!

Q&A Splore Weddings Celebrant Hilary Ord

Q&A Splore Weddings Celebrant Hilary Ord

Splore weddings are some of our most memorable occasions, and there hasn't been a Splore without a wedding yet. Beautiful Tapapakanga is the perfect spot for a celebration, and with this year’s theme being ‘Celebrate’, we couldn’t think of a better time to host 2 weddings at Splore. We caught up with celebrant Hillary Ord to find out everything you need to know about the big day.

Haiku Hands – Coolest Girl Group Hands Down

Haiku Hands – Coolest Girl Group Hands Down

Australian sensations Haiku Hands cross the ditch to make their New Zealand festival debut at Splore this year. Known for delivering a brilliant fusion of dance party and performance art and with their track ‘Not About You’ being named one of the best Australian debuts of the year, it’s safe to say we can’t wait to see what these ladies bring to the Splore stage. We sat down with ringleader Beatrice Lewis to talk about influences, festivals, and to find out who’s on her Spotify playlist.

Q&A The Illustrious Blacks

Q&A The Illustrious Blacks

Manchildblack and Monstah Black, otherwise known as The Illustrious Blacks, are heading to Splore this year to share with us their futuristic funk, hypnotic house and cosmic pop. Known for fusing together music, dance, theater & fashion, their mission is to expand minds, shake bootys and save the world one beat at a time. With that in mind, we delved into the dynamic duo’s lives to find out how they got to where they are today.

Q&A with David Rodigan

Q&A with David Rodigan

I celebrate that I am alive because many of us don’t have the privilege to live this long. The fact that all of us who are going to be at Splore are still on the planet and can enjoy life in perhaps ways some people can’t, we have to give thanks for that. So, I will be celebrating life, music, joy and happiness.

The Dastardly Bounder

The Dastardly Bounder

The Dastardly Bounder is one of Jamie Larnach’s musical endeavours. His sound is influenced by 23 years of DJing on incredibly loud sound systems for people who really like to dance. Jamie was an originator of New Zealand’s outdoor dance party scene, he bought us Entrain (New Zealand’s seminal rave) in the early 90s and was a founding member of Splore. We caught up with the musical legend to find out about his journey with Splore from when he first started to now.

DJ Benny Salvador

DJ Benny Salvador

Wellington DJ Benny Salvador is no stranger to Splore, after attending the festival since he was a baby.

Known as a ‘ninja behind the decks’ and with regular club nights at Wellington's Club 121, Surface and The 121 Warehouse Rave, Benny has earnt himself quite a reputation. As a life-long Splore lover, he is taking to the stage for the third time this year, and we can’t wait to hear his exotic selection of house, techno and disco. We caught up with him to find out exactly what he has in store for us this year...

Why did you decide to choose a career in music?

It’s what i’ve always been around, I grew up surrounded by music, so it’s just normal life for me. My dad is part of Fat Freddy’s Drop, so I have grown up playing his parties and I really enjoyed learning and growing in the music scene. I am lucky that I get to say that music is my career.

So, would you say your dad has had a big musical influence?

Definitely, as all dads have an influence on their kids lives, he has definitely installed a lot of musical interest into me. I’ve always looked up to him and he has given me a positive light on the music industry.

This years theme at Splore is ‘Celebrate’, what do think about this years theme?

I love it! Splore is my favourite festival...fullstop. Every year for me is a celebration at Splore, so it’s only right that the theme is celebrate.

It’s Splore’s 20th anniversary as well, so it's the perfect theme…

Exactly! It fits in like a glove - it’s perfect!

Do you have anything to celebrate this year?

You know what, I am just celebrating life in general. I have been playing a lot of music and celebrating with people - I guess that’s my job and that’s why I love music.

You’ve been coming to Splore since you were a baby, so how does it feel to be playing the festival?

Well it’s my third year playing Splore this year, and i’ve been to Splore practically every year since I’ve been alive. So, I am definitely a Splore baby through and through. It feels like home to me at Splore, so it’s great to go as a family and we all look forward to it. We dance all weekend together as a family and it’s magical!

What’s your favourite part about Splore?

Firstly, the scenery! It's such a beautiful place, so no matter what’s happening there it will always be great! I love all the people at Splore as well, I feel very natural there and as I said it’s like home. The music is a line up you can't miss, every single year is amazing! I like that you don’t have to look at the line-up first like most festivals, Splore is what comes first and then the line-up. It’s about the community, the people and the coming together of people rather than just the music. Basically, I love that Splore is a thing in itself and it’s not defined by the music.

As a techno-house DJ, what drew you that genre of music?

I play that a lot yes, but I also play a mixture of house, funk soul and psychedelic. I try and play different things depending on what makes me feel good at the time. I remember my dad gave me a Moody Man tape and I fell in love with it. I am a record digger at heart so I just find the music.

Who are your influencers?

So many. Of course, Prince, James Brown, all of the old funk and soul. I love the older stuff, I would say they are my deeper influencers, but also so many Dj’s like Moody Man.

Splore merges both Auckland and Wellington creative scenes, how important do you think that is for the industry that your in?

We are all one country, we all get along and we absolutely love playing music together. Splore is the perfect stage for that, it brings us all together to work creatively together. At Splore we are one!

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?

So many people! I would have to say Frank Booker and Courtesy, but I am generally just so excited for the festival as a whole.