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Marchfest snaps up Hollie Smith

The 11th Marchfest craft beer and music festival is taking shape as earlybird tickets go on sale on Dec 1st. The event takes place on Sat March 24, 2018 at Founders Park, Nelson. In what the organisers are describing as “the strongest music line-up for years”, Hollie Smith, headlines the event with her band after Marchfest snapped up the Kiwi singer known as ‘the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul’ when the winery tour was recently cancelled.

Organiser Mic Dover said, “we originally approached Hollie a few months ago but she was already booked, so we pencilled her in for 2019 just in case – but now local Hollie fans can see her this summer after all!” Smith will be supported by world/electronica band Weird Together, Kiwi indie-folk legend Mel Parsons, Wellington band The Miltones, electroacoustic folk-funk act Sonic Delusion, touring Canadian blues/roots resonator guitarist Joel Fafard and local hi-energy rockers, The Immigrants.

On the craft beer front, to freshen up the event, for the first time since 2009, Marchfest will be inviting breweries from outside the region to brew a new beer for the event.

Organiser Eelco Boswijk said, “For 2018, we have chosen the Top of the North as our guest region. We’ll be serving new beers from breweries such as Epic, McCleod’s, Urbanbaut, Outlier Cartel, Deep Creek and 8Wired. If the idea goes well, we’ll choose a different guest region each year.” “With two real ales, this will take the total number of brand new beers to 22, a record number,” said Dover.

Once again Marchfest will be the main event of Nelson Beer Week which runs from March 17-25th 2018. As well as great music and great beers, there will be brewing demonstrations, a food and beer matching lunch, children’s entertainment, delicious foods, local ciders and wines and more.

Also, Marchfest will be bookended by the New Zealand HomeBrewers’ Conference, making the weekend of March 23-25th even more of a ‘must-go-to-Nelson’ for craft beer lovers.

Marchfest has received sponsorship funding for this year’s event from the Nelson Events Marketing & Development Programme, which is funded by the Nelson City Council.

The Programme’s objective is to stimulate Nelson City’s economy in the shoulder and off seasons by bringing new spending through visitors coming to Nelson for distinct events.

For more information contact: On-Cue Conferences & Events Lea Boodee Phone 0211170916 OR


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