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Dance music is alive and well this New Year!
Tuesday 21 October 2008, 7:19AM
By Rhythm and Vines


This year event goers can expect the very best of dance, electronica and
all other kinds of bustling beats to take them from the 29th December,
right through to the first sunrise of 2009! Across all three party days,
Rhythm and Vines will feature the best local and international acts picked
for their ability to turn Waiohika Estate into the biggest dance floor in
the country.

Dates: 29th December 2008, 30th December 2008, 31st December 2008, 1
January 2009
Venue: Waiohika Estate and BW Campgrounds, Gisborne

Leading the dance music charge at R&V is none other than the godfather of
dance music, a veteran of acid house and a champion of techno, Carl Cox!
It was Cox who helped found rave music and was one of the key figures who
made Ibiza what it is today. A giant of a man musically and physically, if
he isn’t using both hands to create monster beats on his decks he’s
pumping the air with his fists and bringing the crowd up with his
passionate enthusiasm. With a radio show that reaches a two million strong
global audience, Carl Cox is a big deal! Catch his set just after midnight
on the 31st where Cox will bring in the first moments of 2009 – you don’t
want to miss this one!

German electro-house duo Digitalism were founded in Hamburg in 2004 and
their reputed live shows have all the energy of a wild force of nature.
Digitalism has remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads,
Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and
many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure (entitled
"Digitalism in Cairo"). They know where the party is at, and with a cool,
calculated approach to all things musical will be an essential R&V artist
to watch.

Dance music fans will be counting the days until they see Busy P (aka
Pedro Winter) the French electro house DJ reputed as currently one of the
world’s finest. With his no-nonsense partner in crime DJ Mehdi by his
side, this French electro house DJ is reputed as one of the world’s
finest. Dirgey effected bass, sonic sprinklings and a mixture between
instrumental grooves and tracks featuring guest vocalists combining hip
hop house and everything in between. Busy P revolutionised the dance scene
with his label Ed Banger records, which is the home of some of the world’s
best electro including Justice, Sebastian and Mr Oizo. He is also
responsible for managing French electro punks Daft Punk. A night time set
from this dance-floor great will be one to remember!

UK based Adam Freeland is a DJ/producer synonymous with big, bolshie,
break-beat electronica. With the nod from the likes of Sasha, Carl Cox and
the Chemical Brothers, Freeland’s reputation precedes him. Having been a
regular performer at the Coachella Festival, and stopping through New
Zealand on the way to some Ozzie festival slots, R&V will be the prime
time to see the man unleash his turntable fury.

With a number 1 Australian record under their belt Melbourne three-piece
Cut Copy make rock music to dance to and dance music to rock to. Their
most recent record In Ghost Colours is one of the finest alternative
releases of 2008 and features the hit song So Haunted. Their sound has
been described as “similar to former R&V guests New Young Pony Club”, and
their live show second to none! Cut Copy will be one of the festival’s
most anticipated guests this year.

Looking for an electro-clash mash-up DJ sensation? Look no further than
Australian prince of the decks Ajax! Championed by the likes of Mylo and
Tiga as one of the biggest emerging talents in his field, the former
University Art lecturer is known for an unorthodox but scintillating ‘cut
and paste’ mixing style and has mixed records for the best, including
Ministry Of Sound. Big things are gonna happen from this man of the
In 1997 at the age of 15 Montreal based DJ/turntablist A-Trak shocked the
world by winning the DMCs World DJ Championship. He was both the youngest
and first ever Canadian to win the competition. He has since won five
world championships (the first DJ to ever achieve this) and is the current
tour DJ for Kanye West. Another string to his bow, he’s the co-founded of
the record label Fool’s Gold which boasts the crème de la crème of club

We have a strong local entourage of producers and DJs to keep the festival
grooving. Psy-trance duo Antix have a progressive sound which has graced
clubs and festivals worldwide and played to crowds in excess of 10,000 and
performed live in over 25 countries.

It’s been a few years since legendary DJ Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson rocked his
residency at infamous Manchester club the Hacienda, but his infectious
house mixes are still regarded as the cream of the crop! R&V are proud to
have Dick back showcasing tunes from his highly reputed second album ‘You
Are Sound’ and being responsible for keeping the R&V show bangin’and
heavin’. And of course Tongan beat merchant Soane is no stranger to R&V,
he will return to deliver custom made deep house Vava’u style!

Known as one of the hardest working producer/DJs around, Tim Richards’
deep electronic and techno is intelligent and elegant, sweet and sour and
has been played in clubs the world over. Dark drum’n’bass overlords and
break-beat freaks Antiform have recently worked with Tiki Taane and show
no mercy for those who don’t have the staying power to keep their asses on
the floor, prepare for the best in NZ high beats per minute.

Rhythm and Vines would like to remind all music fans to come armed with
their dancing shoes!




The three day line up
29 December
Franz Ferdinand (UK), The Kooks(UK), Santogold (USA), Jamie Liddell (UK),
Liam Finn, Ajax(AUS), The Mystery Jets(UK), Cut off Your Hands,
Katchafire, South Rakkas Crew (USA), Aquasky (UK) Emerson Todd(AUS), The
Ruby Suns, Anna Coddington, The Enright House, Lydia Cole. Jonny Love. Tim
Richards, The Constituents, Brazil Beat Soundsystem plus more to come…
30 December
DJ Nu Mark (JURASSIC 5 / USA) / Cut Copy (AUS), The Phoenix Foundation,
Anika Moa, The Datsuns, Ladi 6 (MC & DJ Set)Late of the Pier(UK),
Ladyhawke, Recloose LIVE, Busy P & DJ Medhi (FRA), Fort Knox Five(USA) DJ
Switch (UK), SJD Antiform LIVE & MC Twin Cam Die Die Die Little Bushman,
An Emerald City, Batrider, DJ Audit(CAN) The Naked and Famous, Soane,
Olmecha Supreme, Module LIVE, The Coshercot Honeys, House of Shem,
Blackbird, Over the Atlantic, The Secret Knives, Unity Pacific. DJ Lotion,
Cool Kids Club, Daniel Farley and loads more again…

31 December
Shihad, Carl Cox (UK), Digitalism LIVE (GER), The Black Seeds, Adam
Freeland(UK), A-Trak (CAN), The Cribs(UK), Antix(LIVE), Dick "Magik"
Johnson, Vinyl Slingers (AUS),
P Money So So Modern, Disco Not Disco(AUS), Honey Claws(USA), Sampology
feat Tom Thumb(AUS), Motocade, Disasteradio Bang! Bang! Eche, Trei, 38:40
DJ's Clap Clap Riot


BW Campgrounds

Our official accommodation partner is the ever growing BW Campgrounds. Due
to very popular demand BW is filling fast and has opened up 2 new camps to
cater for the demand. “Band Camp” and “Skools” will offer a more secluded
spot for campers

The entertainment at BW Campgrounds is set to go off! The list includes:

Kora, Kid Kenobi & MC Shureshock (AUS), State of Mind, Concord Dawn,
Opensouls, Stafford Bros (AUS), Fast Crew, Solaa, Kolab, Dan Aux (AUS),
Ben Wah, Thomas Sahs (USA), 38:40 DJ Collective, Skankamelia, DJ Exile,
Beat Mafia - plus more to come!
And don’t forget about the Bikini Jam, R&V pre and after parties, beach
parties, tow-at surfing comp, skate comp, beach soccer comp amongst a host
of other summer time activities. For more details and to reserve your crew
a spot visit


Looking for your own accommodation in Gisborne?

There is still plenty of accommodation available in Gisborne over the New
Year period, from camping grounds to hotels to houses for rent but it does
pay to get organised.

We recommend you check out the Tourism Eastland website. There are
literally 100's of accommodation options on this website including options
for motels, hotels, b&b's, lodges, home stays, backpackers, holiday parks
and private homes.

For houses in the Gisborne and nearby regions check out


Rhythm & Vines Ticketing

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 eTickets! 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 questions please email us at INDEX