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Rhythm and Alps announces stellar first lineup

Rhythm and Alps announces stellar first lineup

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The Southern Lakes’ biggest New Year’s party, international music festival Rhythm and Alps (R&A), has announced a star-studded lineup for the 2015 event.

The hugely popular two-day music festival, held in the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka on December 30-31, has announced its first installment of artists for this year’s fifth anniversary celebration.

One of the world’s biggest and most respected DJs and producers, British house and techno DJ CARL COX, will command the stage after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Also lined up to play on December 31 are Australian party rock band STICKY FINGERS – regarded as a “must-see act” with their mix of psych, rock and reggae – and local rising stars electronic duo ARMA DEL AMOR will play the main stage.

American rapper and hip hop artist CHALI 2NA, the front man of 1990s hip hop group Jurassic 5, returns to R&A to play a live hip hop show with his band The House of Vibe on December 31. Award-winning Melbourne rapper REMI and internationally-renowned Kiwi glitch artist OPIUO will also perform with his full live band on December 30.

Other top international acts include German duo ÂME, Canadian funk chef STICKYBUDS and underground tech rockers KAISER SOUZAI join USA’s electronic artist MACHINEDRUM and London dubstep pioneer MALA, all playing December 30.

NZ acts WEIRD TOGETHER, ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE, AHORIBUZZ and OUT OF SORTS debut at R&A on December 31.

Drum and Bass music also features heavily at the festival on the Where the Wild Things Are (WTWTA) stage with Christchurch DnB promoters BASSFREAKS hosting Brazil’s DJ MARKY – arguably the world’s best drum n bass DJ – plus ED RUSH AND OPTICAL and the UK’s DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY, all on December 30.

R&A festival director Alex Turnbull says it’s fitting that the fifth annual event will host the strongest festival lineup to date.

“We’ve got an unprecedented first announcement of a talent-packed roster of artists over two days and we expect the lineup to appeal to a wide range of music lovers of all ages,” he says.

“With more live music than ever before, and set in the stunning, iconic location in the Cardrona Valley, R&A 2015 will be the place to be for New Year’s Eve celebrations.”

A second line up announcement and sponsor partnerships will be announced in the coming month.

Rhythm and Alps first lineup announcement 2015:

CARL COX / STICKY FINGERS / CHALI 2NA AND THE HOUSE OF VIBE / OPIUO BAND / ED RUSH AND OPTICAL / DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY / DJ MARKY / MALA / MACHINEDRUM / ÂME / WEIRD TOGETHER / ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE / AHORIBUZZ / REALITY CHANT & DEADLY HUNTA / KAMANDI / ARMA DEL AMOR / REMI / JPS / STICKYBUDS / SUMMER THIEVES / AMIT / KAISER SOUZAI / OUT OF SORTS / THANKS MURRY SWEETPANTS / KUMARA FUNK DJS

Rhythm and Alps warm up at Lake Hawea Hotel on December 28:

RL GRIME / SKEPTA / SPOR

All tickets available at www.rhythmandalps.co.nz

ENDS 

Photo caption:
The view overlooking Rhythm and Alps in Wanaka’s Cardrona Valley (photo by Daniel Chew)

For more information, please contact:
Rhythm and Alps festival director Alex Turnbull – +64 21 564 099
alex@rhythmandalps.co.nz

About Rhythm and Alps
Billed as the Southern Lakes’ biggest New Year’s party, about 7500 people – 5000 campers and 2500 non-camping ticket holders – are expected to attend the 2015 festival. Early bird tickets ($129 for two days) are limited, with ticket prices eventually rising to the standard rate of $195 for a two-day pass. Single day passes are $109. There are multiple add-ons for party-goers, including VIP, Glamping, Campervans and general camping. Camping is $70 for two nights and $95 for three nights, keeping in line with regional campground prices. Campervan passes remain unchanged at $100 and glamping packages will be delivered from $860 for an all-inclusive, ultimate experience.

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.