8 people arrested for selling drugs, 3 people hospitalised from drug and alcohol use and many more minor incidents. Ending 2016 with a bang.
To start off the enormous end of year celebration, held in the gorgeous little city of Gisborne, Name UL (one of our very own) rocked the main stage with a massive support from the crowd who knew every word. During his set I noticed they were getting a lot of feedback through the amp, but Name UL kept going with a clear enticing voice, no wonder he has such a big committed group of fans.
The final act for the first night, headlining Rhythm and Vines, the one and only: Chance The Rapper. I was so dumbfounded when I heard that he was playing the first night, definitely should have been on the last night. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I turned to look at the crowd and saw thousands of people spread over Waiohika Estate all helping Chance sing one of his most popular tracks ‘Smoke Break’. Being the perfectionist he is, during one of his songs, he stopped the band to re-do one sentence. He aced it, it’s really amazing to see how much he cares about performing the best show he can. One of the best performances I’ve seen.
After sleeping in a car for 3 days without a shower, my friend Laura and I decided to go on a mission to get clean. Somehow ending up in Takarua we met the loveliest lady Sue working in the gas station, who kindly took us to her home and let us use her shower. I want to thank Sue so much for being the most amazing kind hearted person I’ve ever met.
Getting back to the Rhythm side of things, we made it back just in time for Eno x Dirty, drinking Hennessey on stage. It seemed they knew everyone in the crowd, which isn’t too surprising seeing as they sprung out of Auckland's backyard. Eno x Dirty have a hip-hop/ rock vibe to them which has to be one of my favourite combos, making me love them more. Using all of the stage and security/photo pit and strutting around to everyone in the crowd, it’s great to see artists making the most of the stage and making it theirs. One of my favourite acts at R&V, Eno x Dirty bounce off each other so well.
Next we have the infamous Denzel Curry, somehow performing at the Supertop Stage instead of the main stage. It was packed. After a suspenseful dramatic entrance, Curry walked on stage and the crowd lost their minds, jumping onto the poles holding up the tent and shaking them, it looked as if the tent were going to collapse. This set was insane, I loved it. Without a doubt should have been on the main stage though.
Goldlink hits the main stage next and we have a full turnout, this hands down was the craziest set at R&V. Possibly crazier than anything I’ve experienced in a while as arms hair and screams fly everywhere and doesn't stop until Goldlink has finished his set. I was so mesmerised by his ability to rap the fastest smoothest songs with such ease and style, I can see why everyone had to see him, it was amazing.
Yoko-Zuna take the Supertop stage on the last night, it was a throwback to the 80s and people couldn’t get enough of it! Adding their own spin to the style of the 80s with added funk, insane guitar solos, saxophone screams and trumpet tears. It was a one of a kind act I’ve never seen the likes of before. This band has the best stage presence yet, giving it their all, with style and grace. Would love to see them again.
The final act before the countdown to the new year was ZHU, who have a crazy mysterious vibe, were annihilating the stage. Saxophone and guitar battles keeping you hyped as the clock keeps ticking faster and faster. I couldn’t get enough of this guys Saxophone abilities, soulfully screaming into the new year sky it was a great ending to the year.
Finally the 10 minute countdown came on the screen, overviewing 2016. This had to be the saddest slideshow ever, showing all the fallen stars and all our rising stars. It was an emotional rollercoaster, you should have felt the heat and hatred when Trump was on the screen, I thought a riot was going to break loose.. 3.2.1.. Happy New Year! We have reached 2017 and ready to start a new year with new adventures. Fireworks explode into the sky as everyone cheers to the new year.
Kicking off the new year we have P.Money, who will always put on a good show for people to let loose and go crazy to. Followed by one of our own Scribe, who’s always a good throwback to jam along to. As everyone partied on ‘till the sun rose the first rise of the year, it was the most heartwarmingly beautiful moments seeing the love across the sea of people. One thing I would recommend for next year is to change the porta-loos everyday, there was about 2500 people... was not pretty. Aside from that I had a great time and I can say for everyone else they did too! A huge thanks to all the artists who came to party ‘till the new year with us and to all the staff/security who helped everything run as smoothly as it did.
See you all in the new year, have an amazing year and stay safe!
The Rhythm and Vines Festival have pulled more treats out of the bag today, releasing Big Shaq, Client Liaison, Tiga and more, rounding out the bill that covers 26 international and 90 local acts from all corners of the musical world.
Summer’s most exciting music festival just got bigger - and better! The final line-up announcement for Bay Dreams 2018, with Big Shaq, SWIDT, Stickybuds, PhaseOne, Montell2099, Ruse and Lee Mvtthews all added to the bill.
Bringing together some of the city’s most impressive minds, the Puāwai Festival returns to Auckland from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December to champion honest and authentic representation of HIV in Aotearoa. The week full of events is timed to honour World AIDS Day on December 1.
There is a HUGE festival coming to Mt Smart Stadium on the first weekend of summer 2017. On Saturday December 2, thousands of festival goers will join us to kick off summer at OUR:HOUSE Summerfest, featuring the one and only Deadmau5.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
They immediately sold out Sydney and Melbourne dates earlier this year, and now LCD Soundsystem are returning to Australia and New Zealand for their biggest headline shows ever this summer – touring February 2018!