Rip­pon Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates 10 years

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Wanaka fes­ti­val favourite Rip­pon is set to make his­tory at its 2014 event, mark­ing 10 years of con­certs and be­com­ing the na­tion’s long­est-run­ning fes­ti­val pro­mot­ing solely Kiwi mu­sic. Fes­ti­val founder and di­rec­tor Lynne Christie said she came up with the idea for the fes­ti­val while work­ing as the head of mu­sic at Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege. First launched in 1998, the event ran yearly for a cou­ple of years be­fore be­com­ing bi­en­nial, a move Ms Christie thinks en­sured the sus­tain­abil­ity of the fes­ti­val. It also made it pos­si­ble to ‘‘re-group’’and take a bet­ter look at the for­ever chang­ing New Zealand mu­sic scene to find the lat­est tal­ents, whether it be in coun­try, rock, reg­gae or drum and bass mu­sic gen­res, she said. Spe­cial cel­e­bra­tions would be held to mark the 10th fes­ti­val, but or­gan­is­ers were re­main­ing tight-lipped about what they would be. Al­most half the tick­ets to the event have been snapped up al­ready by ea­ger con­cert­go­ers. The line-up fea­tures The Phoenix Foun­da­tion, Elec­tric Wire Hus­tle, Home­brew, Die! Die! Die!, Ladi6, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Some Other Plan­ets, and Kody Niel­son. Anika Moa will step up to co-MC the show with P Digsss (Shapeshifter) and KPz (Sun­shine Sound Sys­tem). The Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil has jumped on­board, grant­ing $10,000 from its event fund­ing scheme to­wards the fes­ti­val. The funds will help to­wards event and re­cy­cling ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing a pur­pose­built re­cy­cling sta­tion which can be used at other com­mu­nity events in the re­gion. The unit will be built by lo­cal mas­ter re­cy­cler Peter Akass and be specif­i­cally de­signed for large events to min­imise waste.

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