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The countdown to Rhythm and Vines 2011 is on and now there’s even more reason to head to Gisborne with the festival announcing its third and final additions to an already epic line-up.
Third line-up released
With some of the biggest names in music locked in including Example, Cut Copy and Grandmaster Flash, Rhythm and Vines is stoked to announce that Young Man, Die! Die! Die!, Beardyman, the Jordan Luck Band and more, will be joining this year’s festival.
Leading the charge and headlining New Year’s Eve alongside Skream and Benga is one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic vocal talents, Youngman. Known for his fiery vocals across the drum’n’bass, R&B and bassline scenes, Youngman is Benga’s number one MC with their collaboration single ‘Ho/One & Only’ becoming an instant smash across the UK underground this year.
Mixing things up on the 31st, UK beat-box champion Beardyman will take to the stage to showcase his live music production skills. Famous for his comedic and jaw-dropping virals, Beardyman’s unique beat-boxing and sound creation show is a must-see.
This year’s festival sees an exciting development with the addition of the brand new Red Bull Music Academy stage. Curated by music aficionado, Nick Dwyer, the stage will bring festival-goers the very best of pioneering artists, many of whom are former participants of the Red Bull Music Academy. Head to this stage to see the likes of Clap Clap Riot, Frank Booker, Die! Die! Die!, Electric Wire Hustle, Recloose, Scratch 22, She’s So Rad and The Ruby Suns – a line-up so good punters might not make it to the other stages!
And not ready to stop there, Rhythm and Vines 2011 will also welcome one of New Zealand’s all-time favourite acts, the Jordan Luck Band as well as other local artists including Northland funk group 1814 and irreverent, party DJ’s People of Paris.
Rhythm & Vines Protégé announced
There’s plenty more going on outside the line-up with Rhythm & Vines this week announcing the winner of the Protégé competition. The hunt for the 2011 Rhythm and Vines Protégé began back in September with the team looking for the ultimate R&V Ambassador – someone with a love for the festival and enthusiasm to burn, plus a near obsession with music PLUS have on-camera skills – not much to ask right?! And after 7,500 public votes cast and almost 11,000 YouTube views, Rhythm and Vines are stoked to announce they’ve found their man, 20-year-old Bachelor of Communications student, Conor Beggs.
As part of his prize, Conor’s biggest responsibility will be representing the R&V brand at Rhythm and Vines and Rhythm and Alps in Canterbury, as well as festivals in Australia and Europe 2012. Plus he’s also won himself a weekly slot on TVNZ U’s, U Live and will be interviewing some of the world’s biggest names in music at this year’s festival.
Revolutionary Payment system introduced
In a New Zealand-first, Rhythm and Vines 2011 also sees the introduction of a revolutionary payment system from Hamilton-based company, AWOP. Previous years have seen ‘cash-free’ payment however this brand new technology introduces a RFID wristband that will not only get punters INTO the festival (no more printing out tickets) but can also be loaded up with cash to buy food, drink and more at the swipe of their wrists – so there’s no chance festival-goers will lose their wallet amongst the vines.
Club Stolen and onsite camping update
Limited tickets to the best spot in the festival, Stolen Rum's ‘Club Stolen’, are still available - and you don’t want to snooze on this one. Club Stolen provides an amazing, uninterrupted view of the main stage, plus access to Stolen Rum’s resident Rum Runners mixing cocktails to perfection.
Although R&V increased onsite camping capacity by 150%, Punters will also want to move quickly if they’re keen to camp onsite with organisers saying there are only limited spots still available, while the brand new Tepee Village has quickly become a favoured option for campers.
Big thanks to Rhythm and Vines’ 2011 broadcast partners U and ZM, and proud supporters MTV.
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R&V 2011 line-up
Thursday 29 December
Pendulum, Grandmaster Flash, Yuksek, Architecture in Helsinki, Zowie, Danny Byrd, Dick Johnson, The Ruby Suns, Die! Die! Die!, Nick D, Sampology (AV/DJ set), 1814, Ethnic Roots, Urulu, Chaos in The CBD, Philippa, Frank Booker, Grayson Gilmore, Brazil Beat Sound System
Friday 30 December
Calvin Harris, Erick Morillo, Cut Copy, A.Skillz, Six 60, Foreign Beggars, DJ Zinc, Busy P, 12th Planet, She’s So Rad, JStar, Homebrew, Eddie Numbers, Julien Dyne, Aural Trash, Scratch 22, Earl Gateshead, Jesse Sheehan, Jeremy Toy
Saturday 31 December
Example and DJ Wire, Skream and Benga, Youngman, Tiga, Netsky, Beardyman, The Jordan Luck Band, Jack Beats, Kids of 88, Electric Wire Hustle, David Dallas, Ruby Frost, Recloose, Jillionaire, People of Paris, Pikachunes, The Thomas Oliver Band, Antix Live, Our:House DJs, Tim Richards, Thomas Sahs, Blackbird
…and many more!