London act headlines Rhythm and Alps
Sell-out crowd of 10,000 expected for second Cardrona New Year’s festival
Organisers of the second Rhythm and Alps in Cardrona have promised more resources and staff on deck to handle the 10,000-strong crowd expected for this year’s New Year’s Eve festival.
Pre-sale and general tickets went on sale last month but it was expected there would be a spike in sales from today with the final line-up announcement.
Festival head of marketing Julie Warmington said at this stage there were no plans to exceed the 10,000 tickets that were available.
‘‘We do expect to sell out again this year,’’ Warmington said.
Organisers had not expected the event would be as popular as it was in its first year in Cardrona after it was moved from Methven, in Canterbury.
Complaints were raised about the lengthy check-in times, wait periods for buying drinks and not enough buses heading from the event back to Wanaka, causing long delays.
Warmington said that there would be faster entry, fewer queues, more staff and buses as well as a larger camping area.
Once again this year the headlining acts will perform on December 30 before heading to Gisborne for a New Year’s Eve show.
London-based BASTILLE, famed for their songs Pompeii and Of the Night, have been announced as the main headliner, their first ever New Zealand show.
Lead singer Dan Smith said: ‘‘We are massively excited about heading to New Zealand for the first time in our lives and that we get to come to do such fun festivals.’’
New Zealand heavyweights Shapeshifter will perform their set on New Year’s Eve.
Storming the stage: Bastille will be headlining this year’s Rhythm and Alps festival in Cardrona.
Full list of artists: Bastille, Shapeshifter, Zane Lowe, Chet Faker, Just Blaze, London Elektricity & MCWrec, DC Breaks, MØ, Mr Carmack, Mad Professor, Addison Groove, The Cuban Brothers, State of Mind, Ayah Marar, Meta and the Cornerstones, Little May, Team Dynamite, Doprah, Sorceress, Kamandi, Haz Beats, Longwalkshortdock, The Nomad, Kev Fresh, Uone, Timmus, Drax Project, Play DJ’s, Deep Fried Dub and Ribera.