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