Rhythm and Alps re­turns to Cardrona

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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Kiwi favourite Six60 will head­line Rhythm & Alps 2016.

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