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At The Monkey House this BayJam Weekend

Celebrating the Coromandel’s finest with markets, music, and food. Whitianga will come alive on Sunday the 28th of January, with a variety of local music, artisanal food, and the charm of Mercury Bay cafes, bars & businesses.
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Bay Jam Whitianga

SATURDAY – Two shows  

Early Sat night from 7.30pm-8.30pm Auckland improv crew Casual First Date (CFD) creating 100% improvised hilarity!  CFD pull apart true and hilarious stories and put them back together to create a fast-paced sketch comedy show. Featuring anything from horses with office jobs to singing hedges to over-excited flatmates, the normal and the strange get gleefully close, and wits are sharp enough to cause damage.  

Most people, when asked, say they don’t know what Improv is until you say

“Have you seen that show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ and they say, ‘Yes I love that show’. Well that’s Improv.

IMPROV  are performing in Tairua as well as Whitianga  this coming weekend.

TIPENE – 9.00pm Saturday night – anniversary weekend (doors open from) 8.00pm) Tipene is widely considered one of Aotearoa’s leading bilingual Hip-Hop artists, with a message deeply rooted in Te Ao Māori. He won Best Hip-Hop album at the annual Waiata Māori Music Awards in Dec 2023, His show will include the fresh soulful vocals of Whitianga residents ‘Te Paea Seasons’ and rising hip-hop talent ‘C33Y (pron. See). Come see all this talent at Monkey House, 18 Coghill St, Whitianga.

BAYJAM continues @ the Monkey House Sunday night with Keey Fremm. Keey Fremm is an exceedingly talented jazz pianist. From Russia, and a college student in Rotorua, he has won national composition and performing awards and is also a circus skills performer and will be on the BayJam busking stage in the afternoon.

BayJam-get ready for this Sunday

BayJam Alley (Taylor’s Mistake) 12noon – 4.00pm and into the night around Whitianga Town.

Whitianga will be pumping on Sunday, 28 January, with a variety of local music, artisanal food, and the charm of Mercury Bay cafes, bars, cinemas and businesses. Live Stage Music:  Two main stages will headline the music for BayJam in BayJam Lane (Taylors Mistake) featuring well-known, local performers.

Festival main stage will run from 12 – 4pm presenting local favourite acts, Sarah Morcom, GRIM, Good Gracious Annie, Let’s go Descarrego and Rowdy’s Rose – exceptional entertainment.

Stage Two  presents local busking talent, Poppy Carpenter, Fei Linn, Morels, and Rotorua guest, Keey Freem – here is a place to relax, vibe and take in the afternoon’s sun. BayJam Lane: A great community ambience with local artists, tasty culinary delights, remedial massage, plus community groups fundraising for their local causes.

Selection of Award-winning food producers – Opito Bay Salt, Castle Rock and 309 Honey will join a number of food options including the ever-popular Sugarfish and Lotta Love with its full menu of vegan treats, Mini Dutch Pancakes and Cubano Sandwiches.

Matilda the Time-travelling fairy will be face-painting, and for some rest and relaxation, Wolf & Phoenix will be offering various massages to ease away the aches and pains. Emma Evangeline,  talented and award-winning local artist  –  her inspiration from   nature around the Peninsula.

St John’s Ambulance Hato Hone is our designated charity and will have a stand sharing information about their services and community involvement.

Explore Mercury Bay’s selection of businesses hosting amazing offers from delicious dishes to cocktails and live music.

The Albert Street trio of Well-Stocked Deli, Fine Wines and Slice, Slice Baby Pizza 

Is offering food delights at a great price:

@Well -Stocked Deli – Charcuterie Picnic Boxes and special 6 pack poxes of macaroons,

Ready to take away.

@ Slice, Slice, Baby – The Big Lebowski  – signature sauce, champagne ham. Kalamata cheese, pepperoni, bacon, chorizo and mozzarella; and Godzilla  – crumbed chicken breast, red onion mozzarella, signature sauce, teriyaki and kewpie mayo.A taste buster!!

@Stoked Restaurant on the Esplanade  lunch specials

@Hula Cafe further down Albert Street – lunch specials, with music (DJ SunRay) from 5pm.

@ Blue Ginger in Blacksmith Lane – Laneways Festival Asian Street Food theme. 

@Smitty’s  – lunchtime specials of NZ Mussels in a creamy garlic sauce,

@Cooked top of Mill Street – all day music with Kingfish Cerviche specials paired with delicious cocktails.

@ Monkey House see schedule adjacent

@ Mercury Bay Twin Cinemas  –  special screenings from 4.15pm

1.      Poor Things R18 – 4.00pm with Golden Globes winner Emma Stone;

2.       Perfect Days – 5.00pm Subtitled

3.      The Iron Claw – 7.00pm M

4.      The Colour Purple – 7.30pm

@ Mercury Bay Museum  -an old fashioned Games and Heritage Day, demonstrating kauri gum polishing and butter churning, – making history fun and accessible.

@Coroglen Tavern has an epic lineup for the evening,

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Celebrating the Coromandel’s finest with markets, music, and food.  BayJam is  hosted by Mercury Bay Business Association.Get ready to groove at BayJam – Sunday, 28 January – Enquiries contact organiser Stella