15 – 19 July 2024
Wintec Te Pūkenga School of Media Arts, Music and Performing Arts Department


The first-ever To The Front Kirikiriroa holiday programme is coming to Hamilton in the school holidays of July 2024. Born from Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa in 2017 the gender-inclusive music development programme encourages young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui and gender diverse youth to embrace their creativity in a safe space.

Guided by experienced music industry professionals, the newest edition of To The Front is the fourth location in New Zealand to host the programme, following Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Pōneke Wellington and Te Papaioea Palmerston North.

Running from 15 – 19 July 2024 and hosted at Wintec Te Pūkenga School of Media Arts, Music and Performing Arts Department, the Kirikiriroa programme is headed by local musician and audio engineer Lora Thompson. Actively involved in the industry as performer and Audio Engineer, Lora has over 20 years of experience and says she is motivated by the wish “that something like this was available when I was young and starting out.”


Leading this initial local adaptation, Lora has recruited other industry colleagues to the committee, such as Senior Academic staff member at Wintec, Megan Rogerson-Berry, Lauren Kerr-Bell from Hamilton Live Music Trust, Sara Marandi from Hamtown Smakdown, Ruth Power from TeamSquad / Piano Picnic, and previous fellow band member and video maker, Kat Waswo.

The holiday programme includes daily instrument practice, where the attendees form ‘bands’ together for the week with the aim to perform a live showcase on the final day. They’ll participate in group workshops such as stage craft, recording audio, music videos, DIY merchandise, zine making and more – while being treated to lunch time performances by exciting artists from the New Zealand music industry.

Kicking off the programme launch, the local team is hosting a fundraiser show on Friday 16 February at Last Place Bar, with performing headliners Hagseed (Auckland), Half/Time (Hamilton), Guilt Grip (Auckland) and Halcyon Birds (Hamilton).

Accompanying this fundraising event is a raffle including a plethora of prizes from local and national sponsors – including Ableton, Firehorse FX, Music Planet, Synthstrom Audible, Last Place Bar, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, local record stores and more. Raffles will be available to enter via Facebook and will be open until winners are drawn in late March.



Money raised from this event, subsequent fundraiser events, and our Kirikiriroa Raffle (which is full of amazing prizes) will go towards all of the costs involved in making this dream a reality for our future participants.

Last Place, Feb 16th, doors 8pm – Tickets are on the door only are either $10 entry or $15 with a raffle ticket.

Halcyon Birds (Kirikiriroa)

Guilt Grip (Tāmaki Makaurau)

Half/Time (Kirikiriroa)

Hagseed (Tāmaki Makaurau)

Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be on sale on the night and the raffle winners will be drawn at a subsequent event 30th March.

Big shout out to everyone who donated prizes to the raffle including:

Music Planet, Synthstrom Audible, Ableton, Dujon’s digs, Last Place, Firehorse FX, Real Vegan Cult, Ritual FX, Moskon Review, Raglan food co. 


Wintec Te Pūkenga School of Media Arts
The Tindall Foundation’s Next Gen fund



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