After a rocky few years of lockdowns, pageant season is lastly again with a bass-thumping bang.
Whether or not you’re a relative beginner or a seasoned gig-goer, it may be overwhelming to decide on the precise buzz for you.
Become familiar with the summer season festies forward with this helpful information.
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RHYTHM & VINES
Waiohika Property, Gisborne
Rhythm and Vines began 20 years in the past as a manner for 3 Otago College mates to throw a celebration for his or her mates, and has since develop into the established vacation spot for freshly minted 18 12 months olds and uni college students to see within the New Yr. EDM and get together starter DJs are this pageant’s major bread and butter, with headliners for 2022 together with future-bass innovator Alison Wonderland and British duo Chase and Standing. Located in beautiful Gisborne, early-morning ravers can satisfaction themselves on being the primary folks on this planet to see the solar as they stumble again to their tents for a blue Powerade and a paracetamol.
RHYTHM & ALPS
Cardrona Valley, Wānaka
Feeling barely too outdated to get together with the youngsters, however too younger to name it an evening earlier than midnight? Head south to Rhythm and Alps within the picturesque Cardrona Valley. Because the chilled-out sibling to Rhythm and Vines (no pun supposed), the R&A lineup boasts Lyttelton crooner Marlon Williams and reggae favourites Kora ringing within the New Yr. Glorious Aussies may even be in attendance together with afro-futurist Sampa the Nice and psych-rock lads King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. People trying to get a groove on ought to make a beeline for HalfQueen and Babyfacekiller’s again to again DJ set to expertise a style of Auckland’s Queer folks of color membership night time Filth.
Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai
Drum and bass heads will have already got their summer season plans sorted: Northern Bass has been shaking the earth in Mangawhai since 2011. Deliver your earplugs, sunblock and chewing gum for a sweaty three days. This 12 months sees the return of pageant staples similar to Aotearoa’s personal MC Tali, Aroha and The Upbeats, in addition to British DnB stalwarts Andy C and MC Tonn Piper. On prime of this solid of faves, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ shall be bringing his signature New York sound to the principle stage. Talking of rappers, don’t miss Auckland MC Jujulipps. She would possibly solely have one tune on-line, however she’s obtained bars for days and an eye fixed on broad horizons.
Dec 30- Jan 3
Cobb Valley, Golden Bay
If acts of pure stamina are your type of factor, then look no additional than Twisted Frequency in Golden Bay. The five-day lengthy, continuous psytrance doof is a agency handshake between Te Aro Valley cool children and Nelson hippies. It may be digital names similar to Paige Julia or Grouch on the prime of the invoice, however loads of bands just like the jazzy Hummucide, hip-hop super-crew Mokomokai, and Wellington shredders Wiri Donna shall be making their manner there too. While you’ve exhausted your self reducing shapes underneath the strobe lights, you may head over to a pleasant stress-free workshop on macramé or leathercrafting. Or maybe you would possibly be part of a seminar on “Moral Spellcasting in a Neoliberal Hellscape”? Huge hemp vitality all spherical.
Western Springs, Auckland
For indie children and funky dads, the one place to be on Auckland Anniversary Day is St Jerome’s Laneway Pageant. Within the pageant’s new house of Western Springs, Phoebe Bridgers can have you sob-singing into your tofu burger, whereas 100 Gecs shall be blowing minds (and probably eardrums) with their uncompromising hyperpop. If guitars are extra your type, try Irish publish punks Fontaines DC or Christchurch’s Fazerdaze. Different locals to regulate embody rapper and all spherical group champion Hans who shall be joined by his mates from Korean-Kiwi collective ABG.
Hagley Park, Christchurch
The North Island would possibly hog many of the main pageant motion, however Christchurch has Kiwi pop royalty on provide at Electrical Avenue. Lorde is taking Photo voltaic Energy to Hagley Park, and lighting up the stage alongside velvet-voiced Teeks and sovereigns of summer season Fats Freddy’s Drop. Run, don’t stroll to take a look at Church & AP’s set: two of essentially the most criminally underrated rappers within the nation who’ve been scorching phases since they had been of their teenagers.
JIM BEAM HOMEGROWN
Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
It actually wouldn’t be a New Zealand summer season with out Sir Dave Dobbyn. Pray to the climate gods for some Can’t Beat It On A Good Day sunshine, as a result of this 12 months he’ll be in Wellington at Homegrown (he’s additionally scheduled to play R+V over New Yr’s). That is one for sing-along lovers with veritable legends Che Fu, Ladi6 and Shapeshifter bringing your summer season get together playlist to life. In the event you’re craving some critical synth motion, head over and watch Troy Kingi do the timewarp performing songs from his newest 80s-inspired file.
Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch
Classic-lovers unite at Ferrymead Historic Village in Christchurch for an all-ages day of music and good vibrations at Nostalgia Pageant. Hometown hero Reb Fountain, 2022 Taite Prize Winner Anthonie Tonnon and Don McGlashan are among the huge names right here; whereas indie-pop rising star Mousey, and low-fi janglers Wurld Collection can have you boogying down in your brogues and braces.
Tāpapakanga Regional Park, Auckland
Splore is the go-to vacation spot to your enjoyable aunty and all her ex-raver turned brand-manager mates. Proper on the seaside within the lush Tāpapakanga Regional Park, you may watch acts similar to Future Islands or Kae Tempest carry out whilst you swim. Eco-conscious, household pleasant, and famed for its dress-up get together. You’re simply as prone to end up at a panel speak on local weather change as you might be to finish up at a burlesque present coated in biodegradable glitter. In case your tenting years are behind you, give Glamping a crack or BYO boat.
Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth
If there was a pageant actually worthy of the “one thing for everybody” descriptor, it must be Womad in New Plymouth’s verdant Bowl of Brooklands. Through the years it’s intentionally moved away from the hegemonic othering of “World Music” as a style, changing into as an alternative a festivity of cultural multiplicity, sonic range and broad considering. Highly effective Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar is on the prime of my checklist, however there’s sounds of each stripe obtainable, to not point out comedy, dance and a guide membership to take pleasure in.
Searching for one thing a bit extra boutique? These lineups can really feel like a case of “if you already know, you already know”, however why not take a punt on one thing new?
Tomoana Showgrounds, Hastings
You’ll discover Nest Fest within the leafy surrounds of Tomoana Showgrounds in Hawke’s Bay, exhibiting off with a flash lineup together with Aotearoa up-and-comers Erny Belle and Na Noise, plus worldwide acts like Australia’s Pond and Los Angeles’ Automated.
WELCOME TO NOWHERE
Secret location, Whanganui
In the event you’re within the mighty Manawatū try Welcome to Nowhere from Eyegum Collective who’ve managed to nab prolific US rock wizard Ty Segall, Auckland’s most hectic Grecco Romank, and the dreamy Recitals from Wellington.
Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston
Central Wairarapa is house to a few days of dancing at 121 Pageant (named after the quickly to be defunct Membership 121 in Wellington) with performances from native rave witch Vanessa Worm, Berlin’s LSDXOXO and London’s Interplanetary Felony.
Auckland Waterfront, Auckland
Auckland dance-fiends can anticipate the 2023 return of Beaconfest from the Pleasant Potential crew. Final 12 months it was host to a few of New Zealand’s first periods on the worldwide DJ platform Boilerroom and it’s positive to convey some central metropolis warmth.