Rhythm & Alps has announced its final line-up of about 60 mostly all-Kiwi acts for the 10th annual music festival in the Cardrona Valley.
There have been some changes to the programme, several artists being unable to attend for a variety of reasons.
‘‘SHY FX & Stamina MC sadly won’t be able to perform due to personnel reasons,’’ festival director Alex Turnbull said.
‘‘Harriet Jaxxon, Lenzman, CC: Disco!, Bradley Zero were unsuccessful in obtaining MIQ rooms.
‘‘Andy C won’t be playing due to family commitments. And Sampa the Great cannot exit South Africa due to all flights out of Africa being cancelled,’’ Mr Turnbull said.
New acts have been signed, including Dimension (DJ set), Friction, Culture Shock, Molly & The Chromatics and Carnivorous Plant Society.
The festival has secured MIQ rooms for Australian act Dom Dolla.
Mr Turnbull said he was ‘‘immeasurably proud’’ of the festival’s decade›long reputation as the top New Year’s party for the South Island.
‘‘We are really proud and lucky to be able to present this solid, mostly all›Kiwi line›up.
‘‘We have an exceptional team and dedicated artists to help send off 2021. It’s another great summer to be supporting Kiwi music. Let’s take care of each other,’’ he said.
The gates open on December 29 and the last act finishes in the wee hours of January 1.
The organisers expect 10,000 partygoers and more than 6000 campers.
Just over 40% of attendees were from outside the region and would bring a significant boost to regional spending, Mr Turnbull said.
There will be a new entry point using a bridge over the Cardrona River.
Covid-19 ambassadors and extra customer service will help with access and vaccine passes are compulsory.
Mr Turnbull said Ticket Fairy had provided ‘‘the most robust platform’’ for patron safety and public health compliance.
Each festival ticket holder must upload their vaccine pass to their Ticket Fairy account. Once verified, this then marks their ticket as valid at the gate for entry. Mr Turnbull said ticket holders should do this before arriving at the festival. There would be no need to scan both the ticket and the vaccine pass separately. Ongoing reminders would be sent to customers until the festival, Mr Turnbull said.
The stage names have been refreshed for 2021. Sonarchy replaces the Where The Wild Things Are stage, The Lost Cabin has had a complete makeover and the world’s smallest club, The Fridge, becomes Boombox.
Many ticket types have sold out, but some camping, general admission and single› day tickets are still available.
The line-up includes:
December 29: UK drum’n’bass act and Kiwi favourite Friction.
December 30: L.A.B, Kora, Tali Live, Muroki, Montell 2099, Paige Julia, The Upbeats, Molly & The Chromatics.
December 31: Dimension, Dom Dolla, Shapeshifter, Scribe and P Money, FILTH, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, Carnivorous Plant Society. The full line-up of about 60 acts is on the festival website.