ORO'17 Music Festival
Auckland’s Woodhill Forest becomes the beautiful backdrop to a brand new festival, with UK music legends Underworld headlining Oro’17 this April.
Electronic pioneers Underworld are set to dazzle music-lovers with their Coachella-ready set at this brand-new, boutique music festival amongst the trees on Saturday 8 April.
Known for their visual style and dynamic live performances, Underworld are a mainstay in the global electronic scene and are celebrated as one of the best dance music acts in the world.
Adding to the uniqueness of the festival, the event is being staged in partnership with local iwi and owners of the land Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, without their support this event would not be happening.
Positioned amongst the tranquil surrounds, the day long festival will contain everything needed for a day and night of top quality entertainment in the forest, with a wide range of food vendors, beverages and amenities available on site.
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ACCESS - Buses
Bus rides are included in your ticket price.
Due to the very special nature of the forest there are rules and regulations we have to adhere to: Getting to and from the festival site is mainly via ORO'17 bus/shuttles.
Choose your bus departure location on the Ticketmaster site when you purchase your tickets. Options are:
• Auckland CBD. The Quay Street bus pick up/drop off is located at 132 Quay Street between Gore and Commerce Streets.
• Park & ride facility at Kumeu Showgrounds - only a 12 minutes trip to the forest.
Buses will depart from the Quay Street location from 9.30am and approx. every 30 minutes thereafter until 3.00pm. Buses will depart from the Kumeu Showgrounds 9.45am and approx. every 30 minutes thereafter until 3.00pm
Oro 17 will be the defining music festival experience of this year.
THE SITE - WOODHILL FOREST
TE NGAHERE O WOODHILL
Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Te Ngahere O Woodhill
The extensive area now known as Woodhill Forest is an important part of the cultural landscape of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara. Many ancestral names (like Te Keti, Kuwakatai, Waionui, Korekore and Ōkiritoto) were used for different areas and features, but the land became generally known as Woodhill when it passed into Crown ownership to be developed as forest.
Today, the land under the forest is privately owned and managed by Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara after a 2013 Treaty of Waitangi settlement.
Public access is still permitted in designated areas of the forest for a wide range of recreational activities including; horse-riding, mountain biking, tree climbing, paintball, 4 wheel driving and off-road motorcycling.
Adding to the uniqueness of the festival, the event is being staged in partnership with local iwi Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.
“We’re very excited to host our first ever Music Festival in Te Ngahere o Woodhill. Having a global artist like Underworld perform in our forest is truly special. We are looking forward to welcoming all the artists and music lovers onto our treasured land.”
Oro - (Maori to English translation)
(VERB) TO RESOUND, ECHO, RESONATE. (NOUN) SOUND, RUMBLE.
In the 1990s music festivals and raves were often held in spectacular outdoor locations such as forests. This is less common today – however for those lucky enough to experience the magic of dancing to their favourite band or DJ in the forest with their best friends – these are the memories that last a lifetime.
It’s exactly these kinds of memories and experiences we want ORO17 to create for you.
To make this happen, we are putting together an impressive outdoor sound and lighting rig
to the specs requested by Underworld.
This will ensure a premium outdoor music experience.
When the sun sets Underworld will take the stage… The lighting rigs will come to life… there will be magic in the air – and we invite you and your friends to join us….
for the first time in N.Z
with their full Length live show
PLUS A CRISP LINEUP OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTS.
ACTS AT ORO'17
A veritable who’s who of the finest electronic and hip hop acts the world has to offer will be joining Underworld for Oro ‘17 at Te Ngahere o Woodhill (Woodhill Forest) on Saturday 8 April, rounding out a full day of quality music for festival goers.
One of the most prominent players in the electronic music scene since its early days in the UK, DJ Phil Hartnoll of Orbital needs no introduction. As one half of the world renowned duo Orbital, Phil has helped to produce some of the most ground-breaking works in the history of electronic music and has established himself as a prominent solo DJ through his extensive playing over the past 10 years. Keeping selections diverse and bringing old tracks and new, Phil Hartnoll guarantees to bring the party to Oro ’17.
Continuing on the legendary tip, New York emcee and 90’s saviour of hip hop, Jeru the Damaja will be taking the festival stage, delivering his hardcore brand of conscious hip hop and truth telling to the forest this April where he will demonstrate why he has been named one of the 50 Greatest Emcees of all time.
House music master Dave Seaman also joins the Oro ’17 line up. Remixing and producing for everybody from David Bowie to New Order and Kylie Minogue to the
Pet Shop Boys, Seaman has been DJing for over 25 years and has played in over 70countries around the world. With over 20 mix compilations for the likes of Global Underground, Renaissance and Radio 1’s Essential Mix under his belt, there is no doubt festival goers are in for a world class treat this April.
Making their NZ debut, Koven, one of the most exciting bass music outfits to emerge from the UK in recent times are set to perform their festival ready brand of EDM, and touting an impressive 1.7million Spotif listeners in 2016 alone, Manchester’s wunderkind Feint will be bringing his own brand of uplifting, high energy drum & bass to our shores for the first time. Versatile French Producer and DJ Evil Needle will enhance the forest with his atmospheric downtempo hip hop inspired beats that will touch your soul as well your ears.
Kiwis also represent with local and international dancefloor legend Greg Churchill bringing the bangers to proceedings and Rhythm Selection king DJ Dubhead will be delivering the reggae, funk and hip-hop niceness amongst the trees. Student radio favourite and growing fixture of Auckland’s live scene, SoccerPractise will show the Oro ’17 crowd what has them tipped as ones to watch.
Known for their visual style and dynamic live performances, Underworld are a mainstay in the global electronic scene, with members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith having performed together since meeting as students in 1979. Celebrated as one of the best dance acts of the 90’s, Underworld have not only sold millions of records worldwide and graced the UK Top 40 10 times, but Rick was the musical director for the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the band have written scores for stage
and screen and are still generating fevered critic and audience acclaim with their 2016 release ‘Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future’, nominated for the Best Dance/Electronic Album award for the 2017 Grammys. Best known for their dancefloor smasher ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’, the duo again collaborates with director Danny Boyle on T2 Trainspotting with Smith scoring the film and two Underworld tracks appearing on the soundtrack, to be released in New Zealand cinemas this March.
DJ Phil Hartnoll
Phil together with his brother Paul are the band Orbital, who have created some of the best electronic music over the last 25 years with huge tracks such as Chime, Belfast and Halcyon. Phil will be DJing a very special Orbital heavy set for us which compromises a mix of their classic tracks alongside current techno and new material that is currently inspiring Phil on todays dancefloors. Visit
One of the most unique exciting bass music outfits to emerge in recent times, Koven is the production alias of producer Max Rowat and Katie Boyle. First conceived in December 2011, the Koven project was sparked into life with the ‘Wake You Up EP'. Instantly making an impact across the scene Koven’s very first release saw support some of the scene’s most important tastemakers at the time including UKF and Inspector Dubplate. Visit
SoccerPractise are rapidly becoming a favourite fixture of Auckland’s live scene with their multimedia genre-bending style, including show-stopping performances at the APRA Silver Scrolls and Splore. Their single Windfall was a massive hit on student radio and reined number #1 for some time, while new material is set for release later in 2017. Visit
With recent releases on Selador, Noir, Suara, Hive Audio, Tulipa and Sullivan Room, Dave Seaman, one of true the legends of electronic house music, is on a creative roll. A globally respected DJ for over 25 years, he’s played in over 80 countries around the world and remains an exceptional artist who is always looking to the future. His label together with Steve Parry, Selador Recordings has been one of the most exciting labels around since its inception 2 years ago, releasing many different colours of house and techno and in this current world of limited shelf life, ever-diminishing attention spans and fast-moving, here-today-gone-tomorrow disposable club culture, it is the mark of true talent and dedication that Dave Seaman is still at the forefront of electronic music.
Andrew Isaac Hu, known under Feint, is an English electronic music producer specializing in drum and bass. His first release via Monstercat was “Atlas", which is included on Monstercat 001 - Launch Week.. Visit
He has an audible signature that is recognisable as his DNA. You can hear it in the bass. You can hear it in his timings. No other New Zealand DJ has managed to put his own stamp on a dance genre as effectively, or as internationally, as Greg Churchill. Visit
Evil Needle (Soulection)
Originally known to spin records since the early years of our millennium, this fervent French German DJ rapidly mutated into a prolific beatmaker. Not only reminiscent of some of the gems Doctor L crafted at the pinnacle of his creative effort, EVIL NEEDLE’s savvy and finely chiselled productions are unique and pervaded with his many and multifaceted influences (Mr Lif, Pharcyde, Bicasso, Hieroglyphics, Wu Tang, etc.), just like his numerous collaborations and featurings (Mr.Carmack, Sivey, Troyboi, ...). Visit
Dubhead has been actively dj’ing in NZ since 1983 playing reggae, funk and hip-hop. He has supported a huge range of international artists including Sly & Robbie, Burning Spear, Toots & The Maytals, The Wailers, Mikey General, Gappy Ranks, Chronixx and many more. Visit
We look forward to welcoming people onto the land
APRIL 8TH, 2017 for Oro’17.
Information & FAQ'S
What time does Oro’17 start and finish?
Gates open from 10.00am on April 8th. Entertainment will commence at 11.00am. The last acts will finish on Saturday at 11pm.
What is the age restriction?
You must be 18 years of age and above.
Do i need ID?
ID with proof of age will be required to gain entry
Can I bring alcohol to Oro’17?
No, don’t bring any alcohol to Oro’17 - it is prohibited to enter the licensed site with your own alcohol. Our security teams are located onsite to enforce this condition by searching at all points of entry and randomly across the site.
Will there be Pass-Outs?
Can I smoke at Oro’17?
There is a designated smoking area.
Do I need to print my ticket or can I show it on my phone?
Please have your ticket printed and ready when you arrive at the gate. Although our technology will allow for smart phone ticket scanning, this is unreliable out in a field with patchy data connection. As a courtesy to other festival-goers, avoid delays and ensure smooth entry please be prepared. To save paper print your ticket on the back of an old document.
What is the difference between VIP and Standard tickets?
The VIP ticket holders have access to the VIP Zone: Deluxe toilets, Dedicated VIP Garden Bar with extra seating and tables.
Group Ticket Special (Limited time offer)
Groups of 3 and above can buy a group priced ticket that brings down the price of tickets by 20%. Get your mates together and make a saving.
Who do I contact if I have a problem with my ticket?
Call Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 or check www.ticketmaster.co.nz they look after all ticketing matters
· Buses departing to the festival from Auckland CBD and the Kumeu Showgrounds park and ride facility will cease at 3.00pm.
· Buses will begin departing the festival for the return trip from approx. 9.45pm as demand requires.
· Age ID checks, bag searches and alcohol confiscation will be conducted at both Auckland CBD and Kumeu Showgrounds bus pick up locations.
Why must we use buses/shuttles to the forest?
Due to the special nature of the forest environment there is no parking available at the venue, except for the very limited amount of VIP + Parking ticket buyers. The access road to the festival will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. The only way for ticket holders to get to and from the festival site is via ORO17 buses from either the Auckland CBD or our park and ride facility at Kumeu Showgrounds.
Choose your bus departure location on the Ticketmaster site when you purchase your tickets, options are:
- Auckland CBD - The Quay Street bus pick up/drop off is located at 132 Quay Street between Gore and Commerce Streets.
- Park and ride facility at Kumeu Showgrounds - only a 12 minutes trip to the forest.
The AWOP cashless system will be used on site for purchases.
VIP PARKING PASS
What is the Parking Pass?
There were very limited numbers of parking passes that have now all gone. .
Other people in your car with a purchased ORO event tickets can come with you in the vehicle. They must have a ticket though!
What if I don’t have a VIP Parking Pass?
Your vehicle will not be allowed to enter the festival site without one.
Do I need a VIP Parking Pass for my motorbike?
TERMS & CONDITIONS
· No ID, no entry.
· No pass outs.
· No glass.
· No animals.
· No weapons or other items which could be used as weapons.
· No sports hydration-type back packs permitted. There will be a free water tanker available onsite.
· BYO alcohol is not permitted at the event, at bus pick up locations or on buses.
· Please be aware that there is a permanent liquor ban in place in the Auckland CBD and any attempts to bring alcohol to the bus pick up location will be in breach of the ban.
· Confiscated alcohol will not be returned.