Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at the NZ Music Festival
Renowned for combining charming Kiwi humour with a disarmingly small instrument, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s greatest modern ukulele acts.
The wildly popular New Zealanders create instant joy and lasting magic wherever they go, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. Their comedic banter is famously spontaneous, and when they burst into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond, or bring a crowd of thousands to their feet.
Their spectacular, unmissable funfest presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring the songs made famous by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers and Kings of Leon alongside tunes from the South Pacific, all wrapped up with spontaneous comedy and delightfully homemade special effects.
The band has made countless festival appearances, including Edinburgh Festival Fringe (at the prestigious Gilded Balloon), Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Australia), NZ International Comedy Festival (winner: Best Local Act), and arts festivals from the top to the bottom of New Zealand – all sold out. They have headlined the Melbourne Ukulele Festival (Australia) and the NZ Ukulele Festival, and their own tours of New Zealand, Australia and London have been sell-outs.