Rhythm and Alps returns to Cardrona
Rhythm and Alps has confirmed 60 acts for the two day New Year festival on Robrosa Station in the Cardrona Valley, including the popular former Dunedin band, Six60.
Six60 formed in Dunedin in 2008 and is responsible for such hits as Rise Up 2.0, Don’t Forget Your Roots, and Someone to Be Around.
It has a devoted following around the country and has become one of the country’s most popular bands.
Six60 will ring in 2017 on the Alpine Arena main stage with Kiwi electronic pioneers Pitch Black, who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first gig on December 31.
Producer Devin Abrams, formerly of Shapeshifter, brings his award-winning solo project Pacific Heights to the festival on Friday, December 30.
The hugely popular alternative metal band Devilskin, whose new album rocketed straight to the top of the NZ charts last month, will also command the stage on the Friday night.
The festival also has an strong international flavour, with Los Angeles-based rapper Dante Givens (Akil the MC) among the overseas acts signed to appear. He is the founding member of legendary hip hop group Jurassic 5, which formed in 1993 and split in 2007.
Festival director Alex Turnbull said the lineup was one of the event’s most diverse to date.
Ticket sales were tracking about 30 percent for the same time last year, Turnbull said.
‘‘We’ve really focused on securing acclaimed, quality acts, both from around New Zealand and internationally. We are really excited about the lineup. ‘‘Its general appeal is reflected in the strong ticket sales so far,’’ he said.
Other acts include: Dub FX (Australia), Ocean Alley (Australia), Dusky (London), Young Tapz (New Zealand), Cut Snake (Australia), Baynk (New Zealand) and Arma Del Amor (Wanaka).
Rhythm and Alps and The Lake Hawea Hotel will host festival warm ups on December 28 and December 29.
This New Year’s festival is the fourth for Wanaka.
The first, at the end of 2013, attracted about 10,000 people.
The 2014, festival drew about 3,000 and numbers grew again to about 7,500 at the end of 2015.
Day passes and two day camping tickets are still available. Premium camping and three day camping tickets have sold out.
Kiwi favourite Six60 will headline Rhythm & Alps 2016.