Lon­don act head­lines Rhythm and Alps

Sell-out crowd of 10,000 ex­pected for sec­ond Cardrona New Year’s fes­ti­val

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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