THE NINE BEST NEW ZEALAND SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

We round up NINE of the best music festivals taking place across the country this summer.

From Beer Gardens, Surf Beaches, to watching the action from your very own yacht, or just surfing someone New Zealand coastline – there’s something for everyone when it comes to summer music festivals here in New Zealand.

We put the spotlight on NINE festivals worth adding to your summer calendar Without further ado…

 

1. RHYTHM AND VINES

The first festival to see the sun. This year the organiser’s have gone all out to produce an unforgettable experience with a consistent line-up of hard hitting party starters. Look out for Pheonix Organics Globelets, the new and improved beer garden, comedy and much much more.

Where: Waiohika Estate, Gisborne

When: December 29 – 31, 2015

Who: Angus & Julia Stone, Pendulum, Mystery Guest, Astronaut, Barely Alive, Dodge & Fuski, Dubloadz, Virtual Riot, Dave Dobbyn, PNC, David Dallas, Scribe, Hollie Smith, P-Money, Jupiter Project, Eastern Bloc, Concord Dawn

How Much: 3 day ticket $255. Single day tickets from $90.


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2. SPLORE

New Zealands best kept secret. Splore is likely to be one of the best music festivals in the world. Set in a spectacular location – you can watch acts on the main stage as you soak up the sun on the beach, or even from the yacht. Yes, you can bring your own boat. Splore also focused on becoming a Zero Waste festival and have their own wedding chapel.

Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, 70km out of Auckland

When: February 19 – 21, 2016

Who: Aroha + Tali, BNegao, Bonaparte, Chiccoreli & MC Tali, Clazzmo (Clarke Gayford), Dastardly Bounder, DJ Lady Flic, DJ Sarah Love, DJ Takas, Don Johnson, Dr Cat, Dylan C, Eastern Bloc, Elementary, Eno x Dirty, Greg Churchill, Hiatus Kaiyote, High Hoops, James Chesterman, + MORE

How Much: $285.

 

3. NORTHERN BASS

Northern Bass brings together all elements of local and international bass culture even the most clued-up enthusiasts didn’t even know about – grime, drum n bass, boom bap, neurocrunk, glitch-hop, ghetto funk, hip-hop, funk, dubstep and more.

Where: Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai

When: December 30 – 31, 2015

Who: Andy C, Shapeshifter, Skepta, SPOR, Foreign Beggars, Keys n Krates, DJ Marky, Chali 2na, MALA, Machniedrum, Slum Village, Ladi 6, Home Brew, Danny Byrd, Dub Phizix +Strategy, Aroha, + lots more.

How Much: $336 (including camping)

 

4. WOMAD

The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) brings together a melting pot of styles and artists from across the globe and throws them right into the heart of the mighty Taranaki. The festival has a central aim of celebrating the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance and is known for its breathtaking performances and family friendly atmosphere. They celebrate ten years on the block this March.

Where: TSB Arena and Brooklands Bowl, New Plymouth

When: March 18 – 20, 2016

Who: St Germain, De La Soul, Asha Bhosle, Thomas Oliver, Louis Baker Ester Rada, Hazmat Modine, Katchafire, No Man’s Land, Tulegur, Calexico Pass the Gat, Tami Neilson, Songhoy Blues, The Jerry Cans, Tiny Ruins, Savina Yannatou, Edmar Castaneda Trio, Julia Deans, Diego El Cigale + more.

How Much: $259

 

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5. SOUNDSPLASH

Soundsplash is the 3-day summer festival of freedom, music and expression. Set in the humble surf town of Raglan. Surf by day, party by night. The festival is a multi-genre event with an array of different styles of music.

Where: Wainui Reserve, Raglan

When: January 8-10, 2016

Who: Sticky Fingers, The Black Seeds,Trinity Roots. Deadly Hunta. State of Mind, Weird Together, Cornerstone Roots, Bella Kalolo, L.A.B, Raiza Biza, Swamp Thing, Hipstamatics, Tunes of I, Latinaotearoa, Jungle Fari, Ras Drulox, Mighty Mighty, Opaque Clique

How Much: $270

 

6. Electric Avenue

Set in the gourgous garden city of Christchurch. Electric Avenue is the newest music festival to return to Hagley Park on Waitangi Day, Saturday 6th February 2016! Two stages feature a massive international, national and local line up of acts over 12 hours. Hagley Park will be transformed with a massive light show, giant video walls, carnival rides, performers, a kids zone and heaps more crazy stuff!

Where: Hagley Park, Christchurch

When: February 6, 2016

Who: Thievery Corporation, The Correspondents, Boy & Bear,The Opiuo Band, The Cuban Brothers, Katchafire, The Upbeats

How Much: $79.90 (plus booking fee)

 

7. LANEWAYS

The urban, alternative music festival is held annually on Auckland's Anniversary Day, right next to the harbour, and crosses wide-ranging genres, with an eye for up and coming artists. This year acts include Chvrches, Beach House, Flume, Grimes, Hudson Mohwake, and Vince Staples. No camping required.

Where: Silo Park, Auckland

When: February 1, 2016

Who:  Baynk, Battles, Beach House, CHVRCHES, DIIV, East India Youth, FIDLAR, Flume, GoldLink, Grimes, Groeni, Health, Hermitude, High Dependency Unit, Hudson Mohawke, Leisure, Lontalius, METZ, Nadia Reid, Oscar Key Sung, Purity Ring, QT, REIN Scuba Diva, Shamir, Silicon, Sophie, The All Seeing Hand, The Internet, Thundercat, Tobias Jesso Jr., Vince Staples, Violent Soho

How Much: $149.50

 

8. ACL FESTIVAL

It was big in Austin, it will be big here. It is like BDO all over again. A new festival for Auckland, taking some inspiration from Austin City Limits, the acts cross a range of genres, and there will be as much emphasis on food and art in the idyllic surrounds of Western Springs park. Acts so far include The National, Kendrick Lamar, Tami Neilson and Shakey Graves.

Where: Silo Park, Auckland

When: March 19, 2016

Who:  Baynk, Battles, Beach House, CHVRCHES, DIIV, East India Youth, FIDLAR, Flume, GoldLink, Grimes, Groeni, Health, Hermitude, High Dependency Unit, Hudson Mohawke, Leisure, Lontalius, METZ, Nadia Reid, Oscar Key Sung, Purity Ring, QT, REIN Scuba Diva, Shamir, Silicon, Sophie, The All Seeing Hand, The Internet, Thundercat, Tobias Jesso Jr., Vince Staples, Violent Soho

How Much: $199.50

 

9. HOMEGROWN

Wellingtons best Music Festival. All tastes are catered for: rock, electronica, dob & roots, alternative, pop, hip hop, soul...you name it they've got it. And this year it's being held on the last day of Daylight Savings.

Where: Waterfront, Wellington

When: April 12th, 2016

Who:  Shapeshifter with Kora, David Dallas, The Black Seeds featuring alongside feel-good favourites, Katchafire, Sons of Zion, AHoriBuzz, DJ Sir-Vere and Sunshine Soundsystem. And much more.

How Much: $119 (+ booking fees)