Rhythm road Bay di­ver­sion

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN HUNT

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.

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