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Nambassa Festival Television – 1979 Documentary

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The three day Nambassa Festival, held on a Waihi farm in 1979, is the subject of this TV doco. Attended by 60,000 people, it represented a high tide mark in NZ for the Woodstock vision of a music festival as counter-culture celebration of music, crafts, alternative lifestyles and all things hippy. Performers include a frenzied Split Enz, The Plague (wearing paint), Limbs dancers, a yodelling John Hore-Grenell and prog rockers Schtung. The only downers are over-zealous policing and weather which discourages too much communing with nature after the first day.

Key Cast & Crew

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Peter Terry


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Dale Farnsworth


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Morton Wilson

Subject, Composer

I have read here and there that the Split Enz Nambassa show was patchy. Phooey! I was blown out of my high perch by an inspired, awesome, display of edgy, driving pop music.
– Mike Chunn (in his Split Enz history ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, p162)

Produced by

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Nambassa Trust


NZ On Screen acknowledges the musicians and performers for allowing NZ On Screen to reproduce this title on this website. 

This documentary was made with the assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission.