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Element - - Artisan - By Mi­kee Tucker Above: Fly My Pret­ties are in­cluded in the lineup.

M ost mu­sic fes­ti­vals don’t give a sec­ond thought to their im­pact on the environment but a new fes­ti­val hap­pen­ing on Auck­land An­niver­sary Week­end will bring to­gether the coun­try’s most pro­gres­sive live acts with some cool sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives. The in­au­gu­ral Sum­mer Sun­day mu­sic fes­ti­val and coastal clean-up is hap­pen­ing just North of Auck­land in the lush na­tive sur­rounds of Matakana and comes with some im­pact re­duc­ing twists.

Multi award-win­ning char­ity Sus­tain­able Coast­lines, and El­e­ment (that’s us), will be spear­head­ing a range of ini­tia­tives to en­sure the fes­ti­val will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on its beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.

A bustling eco vil­lage nestled among the na­tive bush will be of­fer­ing fes­ti­val pun­ters valu­able and prac­ti­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal in­for­ma­tion. It will also fea­ture in­no­va­tive ways to up-cy­cle ma­te­ri­als con­sumed by fes­ti­val go­ers, in­clud­ing top NZ glass­blow­ers who will be show­cas­ing their art form while di­vert­ing waste; and an on-site glass-cut­ting ma­chine, which will cre­ate re-us­able drink­ing glasses out of beer bot­tles.

To fur­ther min­imise the fes­ti­val’s im­pact and give some­thing back, a bus ser­vice will be run­ning from cen­tral Auck­land. Dur­ing the bus trip, a stop along the Matakana coast will al­low pas­sen­gers to stretch their legs, roll up their sleeves and get in­volved in a quick coastal clean-up. Those driv­ing to the fes­ti­val are also urged to par­tic­i­pate in the clean-up – and there’s a good in­cen­tive too. For ev­ery sack of trash par­tic­i­pants col­lect, they’ll re­ceive free beer to­kens.

The fes­ti­val also boasts one of the most stun­ning line-ups around fea­tur­ing nine su­perb home­grown bands. Lit­tle Bush­man will be bring­ing their sym­phonic ca­coph­ony of de­tailed sound and tak­ing their re­cently re­leased al­bum Te Oranga to new heights. Kora are set to re­lease their sec­ond al­bum just be­fore the fes­ti­val and

Tahuna Breaks are lined up to re­lease theirs shortly af­ter, so fes­ti­val go­ers will have the ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to hear new ma­te­rial from both bands. Fly My Pret­ties are set to per­form their only show out­side of their Novem­ber 2011 tour – bring­ing the full fif­teen-piece cast and vis­ual back­drop.

Bur­geon­ing acts The Nudge, AHoriBuzz, Elec­tric Wire Hus­tle and @Peace are all set to break through as the next wave of Kiwi tal­ent and round out the im­pres­sive line-up. The Nudge is fast be­com­ing the stuff of folk­lore; unit­ing just over a year ago they’ve al­ready de­liv­ered blis­ter­ing per­for­mances to pun­ters from the Catlins to Auck­land and re­leased their de­but al­bum Big Nudge Pie. Elec­tric Wire Hus­tle’s unique sound is spear­headed by the hyp­no­tis­ing Mara TK on vo­cals and their twist on modern psy­che­delic soul has seen them play 20 shows in Europe this year. AHoriBuzz is the solo project and brain­child of the enig­matic Aaron Tokona ( Weta, Cairo Knife Fight), a jam band of sorts, you never quite know how things are go­ing to roll when they take stage. @Peace de­liver a sound rem­i­nis­cent of the hey-day of 90s independent rap with an in­tel­li­gent blend of smooth beats, con­scious lyrics, and im­pec­ca­ble flows.

Pos­i­tive vibes all round we say. Roll up your sleeves and bring your danc­ing shoes for some sus­tain­able good times.

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