US and Aussie bands top amazing bluegrass guest list for 2020

Performers and Instructors

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Kiwigrass artists.

  • Lonely Heartstring Band (US)
  • AJ Lee and Blue Summit (US)
  • Bluegrass Parkway (AU)
  • Coolgrass (AU)
  • Nine Mile Creek (AU)
  • Jean-Luc Leroux & Friends (New Caledonia)
  • Bluegrass & Beyond (NZ)
  • Downunderdogs (NZ)
  • The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band (NZ)
  • Hot Diggity (NZ)
  • Kaimai Express (NZ)
  • Melling Station Boys (NZ)
  • The Pipi Pickers (NZ)
  • Rhode Works (NZ)
  • Valley Bluegrass (NZ)
  • Wires and Wood (NZ)
  • You, Me, Everybody (NZ)

Academy Instructors

  • Guitar: George Clements, Sully Tuttle, Jesse Fichman
  • Banjo (3 finger Bluegrass): Gabe Hirshfeld, Paul Trenwith
  • Mandolin: Maddie Witler, AJ Lee, Paul Duff
  • Fiddle: Patrick M’gonigle, Jan Purat, Maria Duff
  • Bass: Charles Clements

Win a Laurence Frangos-Rhodes guitar in the amazing Kiwigrass raffle

The Kiwigrass raffle is back with more fantastic prizes. All funds raised from the raffle go to support the Kiwigrass Trust.

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First prize: Custom built D-18 Dreadnought style guitar

Laurence Frangos-Rhodes with his guitar.
photo by Ian Fisk.

You’ll see Laurence Frangos-Rhodes playing his blistering solos with Rhode Works and You, Me, Everybody, but have you noticed his guitar?  “His,” as in, he made it.

In addition to being an outstanding musician, songwriter, and singer, Laurence is also a luthier with a growing reputation and backlog of orders for custom made guitars.

Laurence’s custom Kiwigrass guitar is built to Martin D-18 specifications: mahogany back/ sides; Sitka spruce top; and Rosewood fretboard/bridge.

Some progress photos straight from the workshop of our young master luthier:

Second prize: Trenwith practice banjo

These cute little practice banjos are produced by Hamilton’s own Paul Trenwith QSM, to allow new banjo players to practice their rolls and fingerings without driving their loved ones crazy.
Paul Trenwith with practice banjo

More prizes will be announced soon!

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2020 Ticket options

Kiwigrass festival Friday 31 Jan – Sunday 2 Feb 2020

All Kiwigrass Festival and Kiwigrass Academy tickets prices include GST, booking fees and card processing fees. Camping must be booked separately with Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain. You should self-cater, or buy food from onsite vendors.

You do not need to to print your Kiwigrass tickets out, we will tick your name of as you arrive. Of course, it might be good to have a copy on your phone just in case.

Adult earlybird online (before 31 Dec 2019)

Earlybird adultWeekend pass$94
Earlybird adult Friday$30
Earlybird adult Saturday$60
Earlybird adult Sunday$42

Youth 6 – 18 years earlybird (before 31 Dec 2019) online

Earlybird youthWeekend pass$30
Earlybird youth Friday$ 7
Earlybird youth Saturday$15
Earlybird youth Sunday$10

Adult online or gate

AdultWeekend pass$110
Adult Friday$ 35
Adult Saturday$ 68
Adult Sunday$ 45

Youth online or gate

Youth 6 -18 years Weekend pass$36
Youth 6 -18 yearsFriday$ 8
Youth 6 -18 yearsSaturday$17
Youth 6 -18 years Sunday$11

Kiwigrass Academy

Wednesday 29 Jan 2020 – Thursday 30 Jan 2020. Academy tickets are sold online only and sales close 19 January 2020. Your ticket includes breakfast and lunch.

Banjo (3-finger Scruggs style)$195
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Accommodation options

Lake Karapiro Mighty River domain has great camping facilities with powered and non-powered sites suitable for tents and camper vans.

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2020 Tickets On Sale Now

Kiwigrass festival and Kiwigrass Academy tickets

Great news: our shiny new ticketing system is set up and ready to go. You can purchase weekend or day passes to the Kiwigrass festival (31 Jan – 2 Feb) and tickets to the Kiwigrass Academy (29-30 Jan) here:

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Kiwigrass festival and Kiwigrass Academy ticket prices are now inclusive of GST, service fees, and credit card fees. The price shown is the final price you’ll pay, no surprises at check-out.

Camping tickets

If you plan to camp you need to purchase camping tickets separately.  To book a site at the lovely Lake Karāpiro Campground, visit their website:

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Kiwigrass! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.