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29th DECEMBER 2008 – 1st JANUARY 2009

Be the first in the world to see the sunrise in 2009 at the Rhythm & Vines festival in New Zealand. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Waiohika Estate vineyards, Rhythm & Vines is the ultimate New Year celebration. Taking place from 29th December to 1st January, the best local talent will play alongside a host of top international artists, with over 120 performances across 4 stages. Confirmed artists include; Franz Ferdinand, Shihad, The Kooks, Santogold, The Mystery Jets, Jamie Liddell, Carl Cox, Digitalism, Adam Freeland, A Track and Busy P.

Now in its 6th year, Rhythm & Vines focuses on bringing fun loving people together in one of New Zealand's most scenic and sunny locations – Waiohika Estate! The lineup for this year’s event is also it’s most ambitious to date and set to be huge "We hope music lovers will be excited about the direction that Rhythm & Vines is heading in. The line-up reflects a new and diverse change in the direction of New Zealandmusic. We're very proud to be promoting so much Kiwi talent this year alongside a massive international line-up, never seen before in New Zealand." Enthuses Program Director and founder Hamish Pinkham.

Amongst the highlights - The Kooks, playing their first and only New Zealand show, will open Rhythm & Vines on the 29th December alongside Scotland’s finest Franz Ferdinand. On the big night of 31st December Digitalism will play an exclusive live show and New Zealand’s favourite band Shihad will lead into the all important countdown, followed by the mighty Carl Cox who will journey party goers through the worlds very first sunrise set of 2009!

And the fun doesn’t stop at Waiohika Estate! Rhythm & Vines will be bringing you a full week of beach side action at the ‘BW Campgrounds’. Located just 10 mins from the main festival site the camp will include surf competitions, volley ball tournaments, competitions, celebrities and the massively popular "BW Bikini Jam" with a show stopping line up of pre parties and after parties. This year will also feature an additional camping area called ‘Band Camp’ due to increased demand and 10,000 passes being sold already. Band Camp will be the perfect place to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the main camping areas and is only 700m away from the beach. So, if you want to make the most of your stay in Gisborne, dust off the bikini and take full advantage of this killer week from the 27th December until the 2nd January! Book your BW Campgrounds accommodation here -

Launched in 2003, Rhythm & Vines was the idea of University friends Hamish Pinkham and Tom Gibson, who had the idea to organise an event for their friends to join at one central scenic location – Gisborne. The next step was teaming up with local Gisborne lad Andrew Witters who agreed to use the amazing purpose-built concert amphitheatre at Waiohika Estate for their inaugural event. Since then Rhythm & Vines has grown into a spectacular 3 day event attracting over 16,000 people and this year it set to be the biggest and best yet.



Adam Freeland (UK), Ajax, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, Antix (LIVE), A-Trak (CAN), Bang! Gang!, Busy P & DJ Medhi (FRA), Carl Cox, Clap Clap Riot, Cool Kids Club, Cut off Your Hands, Daniel Farley, Dick "Magik" Johnson, Die Die Die, Digitalism (LIVE), Disasteradio, Disco Not Disco (AUS), Eche!, Emerson Todd (AUS), Fort Knox Five (USA), Franz Ferdinand (UK), Honey Claws (USA), House of Shem, Jamie Liddell (UK), Jonny Love Katchafire, Liam Finn, Little Bushman, Lydia Cole, Motocade, Over the Atlantic, P Money, Recloose LIVE, Sampology feat Tom Thumb (AUS), Shihad, SJD, So So Modern, The Black Seeds, The Constituents, The Coshercot Honeys, The Datsuns, The Enright House, The Kooks (UK), The Mystery Jets (UK), The Naked and Famous, The Phoenix Foundation, The Ruby Suns, The Secret Knives, Trei, Tim Richards, Unity Pacific, Vinyl Slingers (AUS) plus more tba


Kora, Kid Kenobi & MC Shureshock (AUS), State of Mind, Concord Dawn, Opensouls, Stafford Bros (AUS), Fast Crew, Misfits of Science, Solaa, Kolab, Dan Aux (AUS), Ben Wah, Thomas Sahs (USA), 38:40 DJ Collective, Skankamelia, DJ Exile, Beat Mafia - plus many more tba


Festival Package (Pass to all days 29th, 30th and 31st Dec)
“Pruning” $145 + b/fee* SOLD OUT!
“Budburst” $185 + b/fee* ON SALE NOW
“Harvest” $210 + b/fee*

Day visit only Tickets

29th Dec (DAY ONLY) $65 + booking fee*
30th Dec (DAY ONLY) $65 + booking fee*
31st Dec (NYE ONLY) $135 + booking fee*

*VIP (Special Reserve)

Details will be released soon – We recommend that you grab a discounted package while they last. You will be given an opportunity to upgrade to VIP later.

*Booking Fee. We now use! No more paper tickets or courier fees. eTickets also means a reduced booking fee of only $4.50 per ticket.

Earlybird Bus Special - Book the bus now for only $18. This includes return trips from BW campgrounds to the R&V festival site for all 3 days. To reserve your spot, select Early bird Bus when you buy your tickets.

If you have any ticketing enquiries please email


Whilst Rhythm & Vines would like to accommodate as many journalists as possible media accreditations for the festival are limited. If you would like to be considered for an accreditation please read more about this and download the media accreditation form from the official Rhythm & Vines website – contact section.


Nikki Wright @ Global Publicity
Tel: 07957 434517

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