New Zealand Music Awards winner Jamie McDell will be the headline act at the Kowhai Festival Huge Day Out this year.
The singer songwriter will play at 5pm, following performances from seven other acts.
Jamie released her third solo album, Extraordinary Girl, in May. She picked up the award for best pop album at the NZ music awards in 2013 for Six Strings and a Sailboat.
She has also reached the NZ Top 40 singles chart on six occasions, including with her first hit, You’ll Never Take That Away, which reached number 11 in 2012.
Despite having parents who live in Mangawhai and spending time in North Rodney, she has never visited the Huge Day Out previously, but is excited for her first time.
“I got a message through Facebook, which seems to be the way things happen now, asking if I would be interested in performing. I was keen to do something locally so said ‘yes’,” Jamie says.
“I’m particularly looking forward to talking with the fans afterwards. They are more than welcome to chat with me. That’s often my favourite part of a show.”
Jamie will perform material from all three of her albums, play covers and is open to requests.
“If there is something that people want to hear I would like to know, and I will see what I can do on the day.”
She encourages people to listen to her music prior to the day, in case they want to sing along as well.
Other acts to perform will include the Matakana School kapa haka group and band The Drive.
Riley Popham, who earlier this year featured on Radio New Zealand, will be on stage under the name of Seven Zen from 1pm.
There will be one stage at this year’s Huge Day Out, located on Wharf Street by the river.