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"Treat yourself to some of the finest Blues artists in the country!"

Our fantastic line up includes:

The Recliner Rockers

The Recliner Rockers are an immensely entertaining and popular act that have toured NZ, playing at The Hokitika Wild Foods Festival, Whitianga Scallop Festival, Burt Munroe Festival Invercargill, Beach Hop, Kowhai Festival Warkworth, Rotorua Blues Festival and top corporate events around The Country....and much more!


Hailing from Tauranga in the sunny Bay of Plenty, Kokomo (originally “Kokomo Blues”) has become known as one of the country's leading blues roots bands, and has become renowned for dynamic live shows and smart distinctive songwriting. Starting life in the early nineties as an acoustic guitar/harmonica/bass trio, the band has grown into a multi-instrumental ensemble that has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, performing at the country’s major rock, blues, jazz and folk festivals. Between touring the band has released ten albums and a live concert DVD. The first two were collections of traditional blues, while subsequent albums predominantly feature the band’s own songs. In 2016 Kokomo released a 2-CD boxed set, Batten Down the Hatches, to celebrate 25 years together, launching it at a sold-out concert at Tauranga's Baycourt Theatre which was filmed and recorded.

The Flaming Mudcats

“Blues sunny side up, easy over, spicy or funky….it’s all on the menu with these guys.”

Now regarded among the country’s premier blues acts, The Flaming Mudcats have taken their show throughout NZ and performed in Australia, Pacific Islands and the USA.

This high energy harmonica and guitar four-piece, blend their sets with original material and covers drawn from their eclectic influences. Killer grooves, blazing licks and harp wizardry…butt shakers to soulful grinders are what you get.

The band is fronted by Craig Bracken, on vocals and harp, Doug Bygrave on guitar along with Johnny Yu on bass and Ian Thomson on drums.


Brilleaux was formed specifically to play a variation of up-tempo British Rhythm & Blues not common on the music scene in the southern hemisphere, most blues bands opting to play the more classic Texas or Chicago style blues. The name Brilleaux was chosen as a tribute to the late Dr Feelgood vocalist Lee Brilleaux.

Brilleaux play hard, driving, fast and tough R&B.

No slow renditions of old blues classics here - just energetic, sweaty rock n roll with screaming harmonica.

Brilleaux has toured the UK 4 times and appeared at festivals in the England, Wales, Italy and Samoa.


Tickets On Sale Now

Online Tickets: 2 FREE NIGHTS of Motorhome and Caravan parking is included with the event tickets at no additional cost.

Gate Sales: Please note, you must print your ticket and bring it with you to be scanned on entry, no ticket no entry, gate sales will be available for $45. Eftpos available at the gate.

Gate opening and closing times have yet to be determined - watch River Park Event Centre's Website!



FREE Certified Self Contained Motorhome & Caravan Parking (With Ticket)

Please report to the main gate which is very clearly sign posted - 797 Pourerere Road, Waipawa (Google GPS Coordinates -39.961257, 176.685215).

  • Arrive after 8:30am on Saturday the 16th of February, and depart by 10:30am Monday the 18th of February. That’s two FREE nights of parking for all concert ticket holders.
  • Ticket price includes motorhome/caravan parking. Drinks, alcohol and food can be purchased on site. This is not a BYO event.
  • You will need to have your printed ticket with you to gain entry. Food and drink will be available once in this area. Mobile internet is unreliable, or not available at the venue/region so please print your ticket before setting off.
  • Pets are welcome, but must be contained on a lead and remain in the parking area or inside your Motorhome/Caravan. They are not permitted within the concert area.