Friday 5 February

Friday 5 February 

6.30pm –  Downer New Zealand Masters Games Opening, The Games Hub, War Memorial Centre 

The Downer New Zealand Masters Games will officially open and it’s time to celebrate as only the ‘Games Family’ knows how. Gather in the area directly outside the Games Hub on Watt St and down into Majestic Square at 6.15pm, to be welcomed into the Games Hub. 

7.30pm – The band, Kaos, kicks off the first of nine nights of entertainment. Here’s to great Downer New Zealand Masters Games. 


Go wild with “KAOS”! An energetic cover band that engages with the audience and play songs that make you want to dance and sing along. Originating from Whanganui, the band’s popularity has taken them all around the North Island; from private parties to pub gigs,  Uni Orientations to Corporate functions. Keep yourself hydrated and dance the night away with songs from your favourite artists such as Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Sublime, The Killers, Foo Fighters, and many more! 

Saturday 6 February

7pm Damned Raucous Brass

Heavily influenced by the sounds of New Orleans, Whanganui’s own seven-piece band sure knows how to keep a party started!

8.00pm – The Replicants

If you have ever been lucky enough to catch The Replicants live before, you know exactly the type of fun and great music they provide. Based in Whanganui, The Replicants have played all over the North Island and left people begging for more at each stop. Filled to the brim with great local musicians all at the top of their game, The Replicants boast an amazing set of crowd favourite tunes, all guaranteed to have you up and dancing.

Sunday 7 February

8:00pm – Re-set 

RE-SET has many years’ experience in its line-up of seasoned musicians. The band prides itself on tight musicianship, great vocals and careful song selections designed to keep the dance floor full. The sound is funky and soulful , and just the right amount of rock, and some roots reggae mixed in. You won’t want to miss Re-set  

Monday 8 February

6:00pm – 7:30pm Quiz Night

The Games Hub

Main Stage Canopy

8:00pm Flashback 

Flashback was formed in 1982 and has been performing in and around the Wanganui region ever since.

We have four members:

Roger Goldsworthy – Guitar & Vocals

David Carroll – Drums

Tom Reid – Guitar & Vocals

Martin Davis – Bass Guitar & Vocals

Flash Back is a covers band that plays a good variety of music styles from easy listening to rock n roll classics.  They will have the audience up and dancing all night.

Tuesday 9 February

6:00pm – 7:30pm Quiz Night

The Games Hub

Main Stage Canopy

8:00pm Freddie Flash and the Firebirds

‘Freddie Flash and the Firebirds’ is a fun concept band who tip their hat to all the 50’s and 60’s rock in roll, Rhythm and Blues artists from those eras…Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Bill Hayley and the Comets, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore and more. The band incorporates electric guitar, bass, drums, piano, saxophone, and male and female vocals to recreate the original sound. If you like to rock n roll like the old days, Freddie Flash is a must.

Wednesday 10 February

6:00pm – 7:30pm Quiz Night

The Games Hub

Main Stage Canopy

DJ Damn/DJ Etivan/DJ Wattie/

Three DJs take to the stage for triple the entertainment. You can be sure they know how to keep the crowd on their feet, with sounds from the 1970s to today. Want to hear your dance number? Requests can be made, and the DJs will do their level best to include them in their repertoire.


Thursday 11 February

6:00pm – 7:30pm Quiz Night

The Games Hub

Main Stage Canopy

8:00pm Heavy Water

Heavy Water is a five-piece rock band based in Whanganui. The band covers a wide range of classic artists. These include The Allman Brothers, Eagles, Little River band, The Doobie Brothers, Dave Dobbyn and Stevie Ray Vaughn, just to mention a few.

The band is made up of Jeremy Emmett, guitar and vocals, Roger Goldsworthy, guitar and vocals, John Steedman, guitar and vocals, Frazer Jones, bass and vocals and Glen Marsh on drums.

Friday 12 February

6:00pm – 7:30pm Quiz Night

The Games Hub

Main Stage Canopy

8:00pm Whiskey Mama

Whiskey Mama plays totally live, no backing tracks, loops or any gadgets, from such artists as Tom Petty, Blondie, and The Pretenders. All the expected hits, but also the songs that perhaps didn’t get high on the charts but should have. It’s exciting stuff, great musicianship, harmonies, everything bands were made of. Stack the chairs and bring your dancing shoes.

Saturday 13 February

8:00pm Halo

HALO, out of Auckland, has performed around the country and internationally since forming over a decade ago. Boasting past and present members of bands and acts like; Herbs, Scarf, Ted Clarke’s Back Door Blues Band, Night Attack and the Fight For Life house band. HALO performs a variety of well-known songs from ABBA to ZZ Top that gets the dancefloor moving.

Sunday 14 February

5:15pm – Closing Ceremony

Join us for a brief Closing Ceremony to acknowledge the good times had, and to farewell the Games in Whanganui until 2023. 

5:30pm – DJ Heaps aka THE RINGMASTER

It’s the final night of the Games and the RINGMASTER is here to keep the party going. DJ Heaps has entertained at over 12 New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui and Dunedin. Let’s see the Games out in style!