Free foot stomping feast from Hot Potato Band

Published on 24 January 2023

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A free dance event is coming that’s designed to get the audience jumping and recapture the upbeat vibe of the Kanikani Katoa community dances once held in Kerikeri, but you’ve got to reserve a ticket to avoid missing out.

The energetic Hot Potato Band is an 11-piece brass and percussion ensemble from Sydney that has the festival credentials to entertain all ages when they play on Sunday 12 February from 4pm, at the Turner Centre. The band has played at a number of topline festivals including WOMAD (World of Music and Dance), CubaDupa in Wellington and the Coastella Music Festival. This Far North stop off is part of a nationwide tour.

The Hot Potato Band has an acoustic sound that sets it apart from electronic bands and allows the musicians to rove as they perform, interacting with the audience and creating an atmosphere described as ‘a barrel of fun and a perfect fit for a summer’s night of revelry’, by the AU Review. The ensemble's New Orleans brass band sound is backed up by a ‘dance machine’ beat and incorporates pop, funk, ska, and reggae flavours.

This event is open to all ages and supported by the Australian High Commission and the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board.

You can reserve a ticket via the Turner Centre website through iTicket, or in person from The Merchants Cafe, Pip Squeak Cafe, the Prince of Whales, Northland Fine Foods, Ferment, Barrow Boys, Chop Shop or the Sound Lounge.

Tickets are limited to 1000. The event runs on Sunday 12 February 2023, from 4pm to 6pm.

To find out more about the band go to Hot Potato Band.