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Rhythm & Alps 2018 First Lineup Announced

Rhythm & Alps 2018 First Lineup Announced

Wednesday 8th August, 2018 1:01PM

The first lineup of international and local superstars has been revealed for this year's iteration of summer festival Rhythm & Alps, to take place over three days in Wanaka’s Cardrona Valley in late December. Standouts on the star-studded bill include iconic US rapper and TV chef Action Bronson, California electro-boogie groove master Dam-Funk, Wellington interstellar dance troupe Orchestra Of Spheres, acclaimed Auckland songwriter Julia Deans, UK vibe merchant Nightmares On Wax, jazzy drum and bass trailblazer LTJ Bukem and a tonne more to get your News Years Eve party humming. Here are the details, with more artists to come...

Rhythm and Alps 2018

Saturday 29th December to Monday 31st December - Wanaka, Cardrona Valley

Featuring... Action Bronson, Bicep, DJ Wilkinson, The Black Seeds, Julia Deans,BAYNK, The Butlers, Orchestra Of Spheres, Nightmares On Wax, Dam-Funk, DJ Nu Mark, LTJ Bukem, Fred V & Grafix, DJ Yoda, The Upbeats, Truth, Trei, Spectrasoul, Dbridge, DJ Storm, Kahn, Need, Gorgan Sound, Crooked Colours, Eva Lazarus, Matt Corby, Cat Empire

Warm-up event w/ Drax Project
Friday 28th December - Lake Hawea Hotel

Watch the blazed video for Dam-Funk's smooth single 'We Continue'...

Check out the road-hoggin' clip for Action Bronson's 'Easy Rider'...

Psych-out to Orchestra Of Spheres' stylish visuals for 'Fingerweg'...

Press release:

A star-studded first wave of international and national acts have been confirmed for this year’s New Year’s Eve music festival Rhythm & Alps in Wanaka.

US rapper, reality TV star, author and talk show host ACTION BRONSON will play prime time on NYE along with acclaimed electronic duo BICEP, from Northern Ireland. English record producer, remixer and DJ WILKINSON makes a return after heavy demand from his southern fans.

Rhythm & Alps 2018 has also secured top Kiwi acts including THE BLACK SEEDS, who are performing as part of their 20 year anniversary tour, plus JULIA DEANS brings her band to Wanaka hot on the heels of her We Light Fire tour. Homegrown electronic rising star BAYNK returns to R&A with his immaculately presented show and Christchurch band-of-the-moment THE BUTLERS play for the first time. Wellington band ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES, who channel ancient future funk, orgasmo brain wave and costume rock will welcome party revellers also on NYE.

“We are showcasing some of the best festival acts that we have hand-picked from around the globe,” Rhythm & Alps festival director Alex Turnbull says. “It’s an exciting line-up that offers something for everyone. Its general appeal is reflected in the record ticket sales we’ve had so far.”

Also joining the line-up on December 30 are UK vibe master NIGHTMARES ON WAX and US funk musician DÂM-FUNK, who both play at the festival for the first time.

Jurassic 5 DJ NU MARK and LTJ BUKEM add a touch of professional old-school warming up at R&A’s infamous pyramid-designed stage.

Bass addicts will be stoked to see FRED V & GRAFIX, LTJ BUKEM, DJ YODA, THE UPEATS, TRUTH, TREI, SPECTRASOUL, DBRIDGE, DJ STORM, KAHN AND NEEK, GORGAN SOUND play varied and tight sets at the festival.

Australian indie-electro trio CROOKED COLOURS play Dec 30 and UK big bass and big hair MC and singer EVA LAZARUS plays for the first time.

Today’s announcement adds to the Australian powerhouse acts of MATT CORBY and CAT EMPIRE already confirmed for Rhythm & Alps. More acts will be announced in the coming months.

Rhythm & Alps will also be hosting an exclusive warm-up gig at the Lake Hawea Hotel on December 28 featuring DRAX PROJECT. The limited-capacity show traditionally sells out well in advance every year and more acts will be announced shortly.

“Rhythm & Alps is the best place to be in NZ for New Year’s,” Turnbull says. “With awesome music, immaculate stage production, amazing weather and a relaxed atmosphere, we’re proud to deliver a world-class festival in Wanaka’s spectacular Cardrona Valley.”


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