A Six Episode Live Music Web Series
Taupo's Battle of the Bands
Saturday 8th August
Saturdays 7pm 15th August to 12th September
False Heights & Bianca
Alex Likes Boys & Jason Mciver
Jersey Bob & Roonie Music
Dan Sharp & The Lost Tribe
Taupo's Battle of the Bands Finalist
BATTLE OF THE BANDS Winners
Red Cymbals Outstanding Drummer Award
Spencer Allen - Truth Be Told
Peoples Choice Award
Abi Love - Solo Artist
Solo Artist Category
1st - Stacia Haitana
2nd - Bri Hilton
Band Music Category
1st - Armed Goldfish
2nd - Truth Be Told
Awards Sponsored By
WEB SERIES LINEUP
It all started in the mid 90’s and with a Hohner acoustic guitar Jerseybob was thrust into the world of songwriting and poetry. Travelling his love and the constant movement brought many a folk song to the fore. Writing originals was from the outset and he always had ears for other self penned artists. With now over 200 recorded songs and his Autobiography out on the shelves, Jerseybob surely must be a Jersey Icon? Comedy plays a huge part in his shows and often a 4 hour epic performance could be broken into an hour of tom foolery. Hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others. Vin Garbutt being one of his all time favourites. If you fancy a night of entertainment and Original well thought out songs with a fairly solid melody then you must see Jerseybob. Monika now joins the merry throng and bring her percussive skills to the ﬂoor. From hammering the Cajon to a gentle shaker Monika keeps things together and makes the stage look far more attractive. A husband and wife team that works wonders. Now into his 23rd year of playing it’s time to catch a show near you and have a bloody good time.
Formed in early 2016, False Heights are an alternative-pop duo from Taupo, New Zealand. Ashley Pirie and April Nisbet bring together a fusion of very different musical backgrounds giving their sound an alternative, fun and super catchy vibe.
Their debut EP “No? Who...?” released in April 2018 shot to the #1 spot on the NZ Heat Seekers chart in its first week of release. They are currently recording their upcoming album for a December 2020 release.
Alex Likes Boys
Alex Likes Boys are a 4 piece from Taupo NZ. They started when 2 ex backpackers from the UK met 2 local guys and started jamming in their garage. With a wide range of musical tastes they create a unique, fresh indie rock/folky sound. They take their influences from bands such as The Cure, The Strokes and The National.
With 20 years experience in the music industry Jason has been performing across the country from Invercargil and Queenstown to Nelson, Wellington, Auckland and now the mighty Waikato. Jason has had 3 Top 20 Charting Nz releases and has performed across genres in metal, indy, rock and acoustic acts, performing on shows such as TVNZ Good Morning, Radio NZ, TEDx to name but a few.
Michaela Pointon has had a year of huge growth in her music. After the successful release of her debut EP, 'Human Nature' in November 2018, Michaela has moved to Auckland where she is studying, writing new songs and building a name for herself in the music scene. Michaela is releasing her new single in the coming weeks and has an exciting plan for her music in 2020.
Soulful songwriter, Dan Sharp has spent the last two years slowly carving out a place in the NZ music landscape. Early 2018 saw him collaborate with acclaimed artist/producer, Thomas Oliver. The resulting first single, Lifeline, achieved several thousand plays quickly on the back of strong reviews from international blogs, including Australia's Happy Magazine. Dan then spent 6 weeks song writing with established writers in the UK and Ireland. To round out the trip, Dan and Thomas linked up once again and recorded the remainder of Dan's EP, Slack Tide in Berlin. The EP achieved NZ Chart positions, 5-star reviews and Official Spotify playlisting - the top song, Kindle and Coal reaching half a million plays in under two months. From playing festival stages (Rhythm and Vines 2018/19) to smaller shows all over NZ, Dan is steadily making his mark on the local and international scene.
Lost Tribe Aotearoa
Lost Tribe Aotearoa is a Raglan based group of talented musos, hailing from all over the Pacific. Formed in late 2017, LTA have an underlying genre of roots reggae which morphs into blues, rock, ska and hip-hop. LTA pride themselves on their high-energy live set, and are sure to have the crowd singing every song.
With most of the members being of Tūwharetoa descent, one American and one from Aitutaki, their ancestral vibes shoot clearly through their music. LTA are fresh on the Aotearoa music scene with their lush reggae skanks, catchy choruses and phat dub basslines. This is a type of reggae that you will rarely find both locally or internationally.
In 2019 LTA were nominated for best roots artist next to Troy Kingi and LAB. In May 2020, mid lockdown for Covid, they released their debut self-titled album which received rave reviews.
Bianca has been singing and performing since her early 20's as a solo artist. She has occasionally been involved with other musicians such as Quarter Acer Lifestyle, Burn the Bridges, and the Ed Taylor Collaboration before moving to Taupo in 2019.
Bianca is passionate about writing and performing original music. She gets inspired by songwriters such as Neil Young, Amy Winehouse and Stevie Nicks and enjoys covering their songs.
You can find more about Bianca on her website: www.biancaraemusic.com