New Zealand’s Summer of Music
Summer is rolling in and now is the time everyone is suddenly thinking seriously about what their summer plans are! There are so many awesome music festivals in New Zealand over the summer season. Now’s the time to book your car rental/ car hire for your summer road trips. Get a group of friends together and plan your epic summer road trip!
Here’s a roundup of some of the best music festivals our sweet country has to offer!
1. Rhythm & Vines 29-31 December 2017
Waiohika Estate, Gisborne, NZ.
Rhythm and Vines is a 3 day long music festival which involves both local New Zealand bands as well as international musicians. Running annually from 29-31st December since 2003. This is the first festival in the world to welcome the first sunrise of the New Year, which is a pretty epic addition to an amazing music festival.
Rhythm and Vines festival was founded by three University of Otago friends who wanted to create an event for them and their friends to see in the New Year. Thus, Rhythm and Vines was founded.
This year, they have a pretty amazing lineup, including (but not limited to): Schoolboy Q, Theia, Ria Hall, P-Money, A-Trak, Boombox Cartel & Mura Masa.
2.St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 29 January 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is a festival all “about leading new and revered seminal music”. The aim of the festival has always been finding what's fresh and bringing it to unique settings to be appreciated by the multitudes of music lovers.
The Laneway team aim to present a live music experience like no other. The size, location and the way the community come together, help form what Laneway is.
So get your outfit ready, your ticket and your gang and head up to Auckland for an incredible day listening to some epic bands!
You won’t want to miss out on hearing the great lineup for this festival; Aldous Harding, Bonobo, Die! Die! Die!, Father John Misty, The Internet, Tokimonsta plus so many more!
3.Camp A Low Hum Starting 3 January- 27 January 2018. Multiple Dates & Multiple Locations.
This year with 18 destinations throughout the North Island on the A Low Hum tour, you have your pick as to which date and location you want to enjoy this amazing festival!
A Low Hum is an ongoing project, which was founded by photographer and music impresario Blink aka Ian Jorgensen. He is based in Wellington, New Zealand and under the umbrella A LOW HUM, Blink organises a variety of tours, releases records, makes music videos, organises one-off events/festivals and publishes magazines and books.
As of 2009, A Low Hum has organised and supported tours for over seventy musical acts from around the globe, including New Zealand. Neil and Liam Finn, along with Sharon and Elroy Finn, with the likes of Connan Mockasin, champion whistler Molly Lewis, John Carroll Kirby, Jimmy Metherell and songbird Eliza-Jane Barnes, will play for multiple small towns and a few bigger cities in their A Low Hum tour.
In my opinion, this is one you don’t want to miss!
4.Northern Bass 29-31 December 2017
Kaiwaka, New Zealand
Northern Bass is an epic three day New Year celebration! Situated in the summer hotspot of Mangawhai, just over an hour north of Auckland. Northern Bass brings together an incredible selection of musicians, DJs and producers to provide the perfect soundtrack for bringing in your New Year.
With a campground on site, you can stay within the grounds of the festival so you don’t miss out on any of the action (if camping on site, make sure to get yourself a camping pass). If camping isn’t your jam, there are plenty of baches available to rent in the area over this time period. If you’re staying off site, Northern Bass has a dedicated bus service provided by Leabournes, so you won’t have to worry about parking and you’ll get yourself safely back to the bach at the end of the night.
Everything you need for your three day stay is catered for at the festival, this includes bars and a selection of delicious food outlets to the camp store, hot showers and a new re-designed toilet area.
Line up: Stormzy, Shapeshifter, Salmonella Dub ft. Tiki Taane, Pendulum (DJ Set), Nadia Rose, Ladi 6… the list goes on!
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