Kiwigrass: 1-3 Feb 2019

Headline act: Lonely Heartstrings Band (USA)

Decades in the dreaming, the inaugural Kiwigrass Festival was a tremendous success that marked a turning point in the history of New Zealand Bluegrass.  In the years ahead, as the good-time stories gradually become legends in bars and around firesides. Some of us can modestly shrug and say “I was there.”

Narrows Park

Narrows Park turned out to be a fabulous location with trees, grass land, lots of toilets and showers and, thank goodness, a swimming pool.

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And there’s was more! Many musicians boosted their skills and became a real part of the New Zealand bluegrass community by attending the in-depth Kiwigrass Academy beforehand. It’s was an opportunity not to be missed.

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Headline act Bluegrass Parkway (Australia)

The History

It’s been nearly 50 years since the last Banjo Pickers Convention in Hamilton, and it will be 40 years since the one-time Brooklands Bluegrass Festival in Christchurch. Kiwigrass, celebrating all of Bluegrass Music, has been a long time in coming!


Kiwigrass is brought to you with the support of the Australasian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association.


Kiwigrass is produced with the support of:


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Creative Communities NZ-Waipa


Kereru Brewing


and in association with :



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