Rhythm road Bay diversion
Following the success of last year’s Road to Rhythm concert the event is returning to Hawke’s Bay for round two.
Last year the annual New Year’s Eve pilgrimage to Gisborne for the Rhythm and Vines festival was diverted to Napier for the off-shoot Road to Rhythm concert for the first time.
The December 28 event has been shifted from its 2015 venue at Linden Estate in Eskdale to Te Awa in the Gimblett Gravels.
This year’s headline act is Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky, plus S.P.Y. and TREi.
Etiquette event manager Greg Howie partnered with Rhythm and Vines festival director Hamish Pinkham to bring the musicians to Hawke’s Bay.
The pair saw a serious opportunity for these concerts in Hawke’s Bay.
The day will begin at 3pm with acoustic musicians Scarlett Eden and Jonny Avery, followed by relaxed house musicians Sam Moore from Dead Studios and Rob Carroll, then Ruffhouse Crew before the main acts take the stage.
The night finishes at 10.30pm with buses transporting concert goers home.
Howie said it was an event with something for everyone, which showed as tickets starting from $55 were close to being sold out.
‘‘Last year we had a beautiful day with an awesome crowd,’’ he said.’’Te Awa is a beautiful setting for it.’’
The following night Shapeshifter is playing at Puketapu’s Sacred Hill Cellar Door in the Dartmoor Valley from 7pm.
Kiwi musicians Ladi6, Sunshine Sound System and The Upbeats are opening the event, with tickets $77.5 for the R18 event.
In the New Year reggae band Katchafire are performing at Sacred Hill, supported with performances from Kora, Aaradhna and Sons of Zion from 7pm on January 3.
It is R18 with tickets $68.
Dragon, Mi-Sex and The Feelers are performing on January 7 from 7.30pm at Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North as part of the Clash of the Titans tour. Tickets from $67.50.
Fans at the Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne.