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Rhythm and Vines announces line-up for December 2011 - Pendulum, Calvin Harris, Cut Copy and more

Thursday 18 August 2011, 9:25AM
By Rhythm and Vines


Wait no longer! Rhythm and Vines, New Zealand’s award-winning festival is back with a massive three-day line-up to help you bring in the New Year this December.

Delivering the best of electro, dubstep, hip hop, D&B, dance and indie pop, Rhythm and Vines 2011 will play host to an international line-up including Pendulum, Calvin Harris, Cut Copy, Grandmaster Flash, Yuksek, Netsky, Foreign Beggars, Busy P, 12th Planet and A.Skillz.

Local talent joining them at the Gisborne festival will include Kids Of 88, Six60, David Dallas, Homebrew and Ruby Frost, while the Red Bull Music Academy features hot new talent from around the globe.

With their high-octane performances and exhilarating sets, Pendulum is set to deliver an unforgettable live performance at this year’s festival. Selling over one million albums worldwide, these Aussies have been smashing the international festival circuit of late and return to New Zealand with their unique mash-up of D&B, electro, alternative rock, metal and more recently dubstep.

One of the biggest dance producer/ DJs in the world today, Calvin Harris brings his brand of electro dance and hands-in-the-air anthems to the R&V main stage. With a gold-selling album, massively successful tracks like ‘Ready For the Weekend’, and remixes for everyone from Dizzy Rascal to Kylie Minogue and Cut Copy, this Scotsman has plenty under his kilt.

Speaking of Cut Copy, these Aussie pioneers of neon-drenched indie pop have built a formidable reputation for their brilliant live sets. Having toured with heavyweights Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand and Daft Punk and played at festivals Lollapolooza and Coachella of late, expect to be taken on a journey of epic sonic proportions.

Founding father of hip-hop Grandmaster Flash returns to Kiwi shores. The first DJ to lay his hands on vinyl and play the turntables, this American legend helped invent the role of a DJ today.

French electro-house maverick Yuksek makes his first trip downunder complete with energizing house beats, catchy hooks, acid loops and hints of pop, glam and indie.

While back after a standout performance at last year’s festival and because we love him, is everyone’s favourite Belgian beatmaker Netsky.

From the UK are Foreign Beggars. Described as changing the face of UK hip hop, their genre-defying range of styles and flavours fuses hip hop, grime, dubstep and more recently dance music.

French DJ/producer and owner of Ed Banger Records Busy P returns to R&V after a three-year break.

Incinerating dancefloors with his off axis beats and subsonic frequencies is 12th Planet, one of the founding fathers of American dubstep, and the most in-demand dubstep DJ and producer in LA today.
Another UK export is turntable extraordinaire A.Skillz. A.Skillz’ incredible deck talents fuse funk, soul and hip-hop with D'n'B, dub-step and breaks, all sliced, mashed and cut together with a unique style of scratching and mixing.

From closer to home, the Kiwi contingent at this year’s festival includes new wave-electro duo Kids of 88 who’ve been busy winning over fans overseas including celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, and Six60 with their fresh Kiwi fusion of roots, reggae and hip hop.

Rounding out the local flavour are “next big things” in hip hop Dave Dallas and Homebrew, and pop-darling of the moment Ruby Frost with her arresting voice, theatrical costumes and onstage charisma.
And for some of the very best talent the future has to offer, the new Red Bull Music Academy brings a sprawling array of diversity from around the globe.

Stay tuned for news about more R&V artists to be announced late September.
After the success of last year’s sell-out festival and a killer line-up on the cards, organizer Hamish Pinkham says this year’s festival is shaping up to be a biggie.

And with an unprecedented 13,500 tickets already sold through pre-sales, organisers expect this year’s festival to sell out in record time.

Tickets are on sale now through 1-Night http://www.1-night.co.nz. A standard GA 3-day pass starts at $209, but prices will go up so make sure to get in early to get the best price.

For those after the premium R&V experience, the new ‘Club Stolen’ is opening its doors. Join the rum-runners from Stolen Rum for a hedonistic haze of summer cocktails, the very best view of the main stage and food at your whim.

Simply upgrade your ticket and let Stolen Rum take care of the good times. Watch out for more details as the master plan unfolds.

Nestled amongst the rolling hills and the vines of picturesque Wai-O-Hika Estate, Gisborne, Rhythm and Vines is the first place in the world to see the sunrise and the finest location in the land for a party.
With the line-up only part of the R&V experience, camping is available onsite at R&V Campgrounds and BW Campgrounds at Waikanae Beach.

Set amidst the vines onsite at Wai-O-hika Estate, R&V Campgrounds is the ideal base for the over-20s providing a camping experience right next to the Festival action.

With three-quarters of its 2,000 campsites already sold, anyone wanting to enjoy onsite location and chilled-out daytime fun that is R&V Campgrounds should get in quick.

BW Campgrounds at Waikanae Beach is also having a record year with less than 1,500 of its 12,000 campsites left. A few sweet spots at Band Camp and Skools remain, but these are expected to sell out soon.

BW Campgrounds has everything you need for a summer beach holiday, with surfing, beach sports, a Bikini Jam, even skate comps.

A festival in its own right, BW also has its own line-up of mostly local musical talent including Katchafire, MC TIKI (Tiki Taane) & Dick 'Magik' Johnson, P-Money, Bulletproof, Tim Richards, PNC and Homebrew, and from further afield, Borgore from Israel. More BW artists will be announced late August and October.
And for those who prefer a little luxury, hotel and holiday homes options are available via the R&V website


That’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for more news from R&V including additional artists to be announced late September.

Big thanks to Rhythm and Vines’ 2011 broadcast partners U and ZM, and proud supporters MTV, Coruba Rum, Isaac’s Cider, Red Bull, Jägermeister and Grabaseat.


R&V 2011 line-up announced to date
Pendulum, Calvin Harris, Cut Copy, Grandmaster Flash, Yuksek, Netsky, Foreign Beggars, Busy P, 12th Planet, A-Skills, Kids Of 88, Six60, David Dallas, Homebrew, Ruby Frost

Tickets are available through 1-Night www.1-night.co.nz:

R&V 3 Day GA Festival Pass – from $209.00
R&V 3 Day Club Stolen Premium Experience Upgrade - $159
R&V 3 Day GA Festival Pass + R&V Campgrounds Pass – from $349
R&V 3 Day GA Festival Pass + BW Campgrounds Pass – from $359

All tickets include bus passes to and from the Wai-O-Hika Estate venue.


R&V Onsite Camping is situated within the vines at Wai-O-Hika Estate. R&V Campground is R20 and offers a premium camping experience for about 2,000 campers right next to the Festival action, providing up to five days camping, opening up on 28 December 2011 and closing on 2 January 2012.
BW Campgrounds passes are currently $155 for up to five days camping. Near Waikanae Beach in Gisborne, the R18 BW Campgrounds is a festival in its own right, with 12,000 guests and activities like wakeboarding and bikini competitions, along with its own stellar line-up of mainly local artists.