26 May 2011
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A group of top Kiwi musicians are set to perform at the renowned Glastonbury Music Festival in June this year after impressing festival booker Malcolm Haynes.
Shapeshifter, Ladi6, Electric Wire Hustle, King Kapisi and Bella Kalolo will join international acts U2, Coldplay and Beyonce at the sold-out festival which attracts around 135,000 attendees each year, with Shapeshifter set for a main stage show. Ladi6, Shapeshifter and Electric Wire Hustle have also been booked by Haynes to play the Big Chill festival near Brighton in August with headliners Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers.
“I love your music scene out there! Consider me a music ambassador for New Zealand,” says Haynes, who was in New Zealand as part of the Creative New Zealand Te Manu Ka Tau incoming visitors’ programme.
Creative New Zealand brings international presenters to New Zealand in March each year to raise their awareness of local talent and give New Zealand performers and producers the opportunity to promote themselves. Along with showcasing performers at international markets such as the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) and World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Denmark, the Te Manu Ka Tau programme builds the profile and recognition of New Zealand talent overseas.
Stephen Wainwright, Chief Executive of Creative New Zealand says the programme is part of a strategic initiative to position the best of New Zealand arts and artists to achieve lasting success in target overseas markets.
"Our experience has shown us that artists need opportunities to connect with international presenters. Our role is to be a conduit for creating those opportunities”.
Ladi6 was booked after this year’s Sounds Aotearoa music expo while Electric Wire Hustle, King Kapisi and Bella Kalolo were selected after showcasing at the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) in November last year.
Both initiatives were supported by Creative New Zealand who with the New Zealand Music Commission, are calling for applications from top New Zealand music managers to be involved in the 2011 Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne and WOMEX in Copenhagen.
Applications close 12pm on Friday 3 June.