29 DECEMBER – 1 JANUARY.
THERE’S A LOT OF COMPETITION FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVITIES – WHY HERE?
If you want bragging rights over your buddies in the slower upper reaches of the globe, then feel free to boast about being way ahead of them in seeing the first the sunrise of the New Year.
AND WHAT’S GOING TO KEEP US AWAKE TILL THE GLORIOUS MORNING?
When Rhythm and Vines first kicked off in 2003, it had one stage and 1800 guests. These days, over 25,000 festival goers flood in to Gisbourne to check out the many musical stages hosting big-name international acts like NERD, Tinie Tempah, Tame Impala, Mark Ronson, as well as home-grown legends like Shihad and The Naked and Famous. In 2014, R&V introduced the Arcadia Spectacular, a fiery performance space based on Glastonbury’s famous fire-breathing stage. There’s also a stand-up comic stage for a little light relief.
THIS CAN’T BE JUST A ONE-NIGHT-STAND!
The festival is a three-day camping extravaganza with a range of different site options available. Our pick: the two-person eco tent provided by the organisers which looks a bit like a cardboard cubby box. Just bring your sleeping bags and plonk your recyclable fort in amongst the vines.