Kiwigrass Academy and Festival 2020

Hot Diggity Bluegrass Band in performance at Kwigrass 2019
Hot Diggity Bluegrass Band

After the amazing excitement of the first Kiwigrass Academy and Festival in 2019, we are going to ramp it up in 2020, with a bigger and better festival at a bigger and better venue in Waipa, a few minutes drive from Cambridge.

As soon as we have more news, you’ll hear about it, but you can be confident there’s going to be a Kiwigrass Academy to help you and inspire you to higher things, and a Kiwigrass Festival that will build on last year’s winning combination of participation and performance.

So mark it on your calendars now and book that annual leave.

Kiwigrass Academy

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – Thursday 30 January 2020

Kiwigrass Festival

Friday evening 31 January 2020 – Sunday afternoon 2 February 2020



Take me back, take me back

Take me back to Narrow’s Park one week ago! It feels a little bit like a dream. All I remember is a sea of smiles all around me, and the sound of beautiful bluegrass music!

I want to send out special thanks and love to everyone who contributed to making Kiwigrass the marvellous weekend that it was. Thank you to our brilliant performers, lovely vendors, all the volunteers who kept things running so smoothly, the Narrows Park staff, and of course each and every attendee. Together, we made New Zealand’s first bluegrass festival in 40 years a raging success!

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their feedback and suggestions. I’ve received some excellent ideas already for making Kiwigrass 2020 even better. You can still e-mail me with your specific recommendations, or if you want something more structured, you can fill out this handy dandy feedback form:

Give Feedback

Video and Photos

We’ve got a Youtube channel where we will upload videos when they are ready, and we’re building a playlist of other people’s videos. If you have video you’d like to share, send us a link!

Watch Kiwigrass 2019 Video Playlist

Same goes for photos. Right now Ian Fisk’s fantastic photos are available on our website, and we will add more as we unload the cameras. If you have some photos to share, get in touch!

See Ian Fisk’s Photos and More

I’m also sharing photos to the Kiwigrass Facebook Page. Simon Travaglia has uploaded some real beauties in an album on Facebook.

See Simon’s Photos


We ran out of shirts at the festival, and 15 people signed up to get one if we made more. That isn’t quite enough to do another run. If you missed out on a Kiwigrass t-shirt and really really want one, e-mail to request and if I get up to about 30 I’ll do another print run.

Thank you for being a part of our first Kiwigrass, and I look forward to seeing you all again next year, if not sooner. Keep in touch, you know how to find me.

Winners of the Kiwigrass Raffle

Congratulations to Phillip Watkins, winner of the Kiwigrass branded van der Gaag mandolin!

Other winners:

Jan Helena: Banjo Babes Calendar and CD

Maxine Sutton: Banjo Babes Calendar and CD

John Allen: Guitar Strap and tuner

Kay Ogilvie: Paul Trenwith practice banjo

Gate ticket sales

***Pre-bookings and online ticket sales have closed for planning reasons, however gates sales will be available for festival and Sunday breakfast tickets. Friday BBQ ticket sales are closed, no gate sales. ***

Gate ticket prices
Weekend $97.75 (general), $34.50 (youth)
Friday $34.50 (general), $11.50 (youth)
Saturday $80.50 (general), $28.75 (youth)
Sunday $57.50 (general), $23.00 (youth)
GST incl.

Online ticket sales close Friday, 25 January 2019

Online ticket sales closeFriday, 25 January 2019 at midnight. This is also your last chance to buy tickets for the Friday Welcome BBQ.

When you arrive at Kiwigrass you will be able to buy tickets to the Sunday Breakfast ($10) and Kiwigrass merchandise including stainless steel, double walled, vacuum insulated hot and cold drink bottles ($30), calico tote bags ($10) and high-quality t-shirts ($30). And don’t forget our amazing raffle! Your $5 ticket gets 5 draws! First prize is a custom made Kiwigrass-branded van der Gaag mandolin. Second is a Paul Trenwith wood practice banjo. Third is a guitar strap and tuner from Keith Macmillan stringed instruments and there will be two fourth place draws for calendar/CD sets from Banjo Babes. We will be able to accept cash and EFTPOS at both venues.