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, orgazmo 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 DamFunk, who both play at the festival for the first time.
Nightmares On Wax
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 Upbeats, Truth, Trei, SpectraSoul, DBridge, DJ Storm, Kahn And Neek, Gorgon 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.
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.