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We;re exited to bring you four amazing acts for the Oyster & Wine Festival 2018! 

 
 
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80sX

This Auckland based 5-piece specialise in recreating the magic of the 80’s. 80sX have played many corporate gigs and each has made their own mark in the music industry.

Each highly experienced member brings their own flavour to the band. With Adam Jackson on lead vocals (from bands Milk, Six Stitches and El Bajo) Caroline Lekstrom also on vocals (finalist on TV’s “Stars In Their eyes” in both NZ and her homeland Sweden), Andrew Maclaren on drums (from multi platinum selling band stellar*), Andrew Thorne playing lead guitar.

(Guitars on Bic Runga’s 11 x platinum debut album Drive and toured internationally with iconic NZ artists such as Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and Tim Finn) and Brett Wells (Chartered Director and Executive Management Professional with over 25yrs operations experience in Webb Group and a foundation member the board not to mention a board member of Starjam).

80sX have a genuine passion for the music and this really shows when they hit the stage and deliver you the best party mix you can sing along and dance to all night, on a silver platter.

 
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Sam Allen

Tip-toeing the line between charmingly playful and painfully insightful, Sam Allen is a shining singer songwriter based in central Auckland.

Having attained a BA in Music at Auckland University, Sam has been a live performer around Auckland for the past three years. His live performances can flow from melancholy acoustic to upbeat soul, and with energetic vocals and rhythmic guitar playing, he's an act you don't want to miss.

Sam also carries an array of original songs in which he writes through his observations of others as most great songwriters do. Writing from the heart his unique acoustic pop/rock flavour remains true to the “kiwi” singer songwriter tradition. Sam's live performances also echoes a deep promise of potential; any true fan of the acoustic genre should sample Sam's melodies, and witness his performances, as Sam Allen will no doubt follow in the singer songwriter footsteps of our very best.

 

 
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Laughton Kora

Laughton Kora, with his incredible voice and immense talent has been at the forefront of New Zealand music for over the past decade.

Laughton has been playing music since the age of 6 appearing on stage as part of his father’s band until 17 years old when he won Smoke Free Rock Quest. His band Aunty Beatrice toured New Zealand and released a single.

He performed at The Big Day Out 3 times and has been featured alongside Tool & Dizzee Rascal with is band Kora. Other events he’s played at include Vodafone Music Awards. WOMAD UK, Aust & NZ Pyramid Festival, Sydney Festival, Stone Festival - the list goes on.

Expect to be taken on a journey of electronic funk that will tantalise the ears, give you the overwhelming urge to party harder & leave you wanting more.

 
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Fifth Element

This highly energetic Auckland cover band knows how to cater to everyone. Playing everything from the 80’s classics through to today’s hits they have a little something for everyone.

Fifth Element have been kept very busy playing to corporate functions for the likes of Coca Cola, Microsoft, Meetings, Trentz, Labtests just to name a few! 

Made of Josh Leys (vocals), Dino Lawton (drums), Garrat McGrawe (keys and bass), Les Watne (guitar) and Clare Michelson (vocals), this super experienced five-piece are a must for your next function!