The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) is bringing live sound to the annual Splore Festival this February.

MAINZ has been working with Splore since its inception in 1998, providing the sound system for the Living Lounge Zone. Splore is a celebration of art, music, performance, and dance, held from 19-20 February, at the beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park on the shores of the Firth of Thames.

Tony McMaster, MAINZ HOD Live Sound and Event Production, says it’s great to be doing the business again and bringing outstanding production values to one of the most popular summer festivals in New Zealand.

“This year, because of the timing, we’re going to involve our new Live Sound and Event Production students in the project and do a class field trip to set the system up on the Thursday prior to the festival. 

“This will enable our fresh students to see and experience the planning and actual nuts and bolts set-up for this popular event which is now held annually.”

Tony says that this year the amazing Daryl Tapsell, Programme Leader MAINZ Audio Engineering, will be mixing at front-of-house, while monitor mixing duties will be provided by Pounamu O’Brien (Live Sound graduate 2014).

“The festival provides opportunities for staff and graduates to gain experience and practice their craft in a professional environment.

“So folks, MAINZ is seriously involved in our cultural experiences at local and national levels and proud to be there,” Tony says.