Rippon Festival celebrates 10 years
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.