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Rhythm & Alps delivered the country’s biggest New Year’s Eve festival over three days and four unique stages in the Cardrona Valley near Wanaka almost without a hitch.

The three-day music and camping festival threw open its gates on December 29 and ticket holders streamed into the sold-out festival via the new bridge over the Cardrona River.

Performances from Filth, Kora, L.A.B, Montell2099, Muroki, Paige Julia, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, Scribe & P Money, Shapeshifter and last-minute addition Fat Freddy’s Drop wowed audiences across the the three-day festival.

The latter was pulled in after the festival lost five acts in rapid succession after they were identified as close contacts of the first act to pull out and New Zealand’s first community case of the Omicron strain of Covid-19 Kingdom.

Shapeshifter and a huge fireworks display rang in 2022 as a vibing crowd danced the year away.

Rhythm & Alps welcomed 10,000 partygoers per day and had more than 6000 campers on site.

Seventy percent of ticket buyers were from Otago, Southland and Christchurch and 10% came from Auckland.