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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.