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Rhythm and Vines announce second wave line up

August 2008


Rhythm and Vines announce their second wave line up!



Dates:                 29th December 2008, 30th December 2008, 1 January 2009

Venue:                Waiohika Estate and BW Campgrounds, Gisborne




Expectation is building for Rhythm and Vines as event organisers announce all earlybird tickets are sold out and remaining tickets are selling at a record rate.


Now festival fans have even more reason to head to Gisborne this December; the festival has released another taster of what looks like one of the most diverse music events ever held in new Zealand including even more international artists from Australia and as far afield as Canada, USA, France and UK.


Amongst the new highlights are Franz Ferdinand, whose discovery reignited the uk scene when they shot to worldwide fame in 2001 and spawned the new generation of uk super bands; the critically acclaimed Jamie Liddell will be joining the festival off the back of supporting Elton John on his world tour, we also welcome back to our shores one of New Zealand's most successful exports of recent years, The Datsuns.  Girl power also comes to R&V in the form of Anika Moa and Anna Coddington. On the dj front, DJ and big beat Producer Adam Freeland joins us on NYE; From France – we're pleased to welcome Busy P & Dj Mehdi. Pedro Winter or Busy P is the head honcho of uber cool French electro label Ed Banger, manager of Daft Punk and the man behind latest electro sensation Justice! Joined by DJ Medhi the French hip hop producer whose sets are often hailed as "Everything black party music". From Canada we bring you A-Trak - get ready for the fiercest name in hop hop DJing. Hand picked by Kanye West to produce him and be his tour DJ, A-Trak has been making waves ever since he won the DMC World Championships at aged 15.  A-Trak also has his own cutting edge label Fools Gold which is releasing some of the dopest cuts around today.


The second wave Rhythm and Vines line up:


Franz Ferdinand (UK), Jamie Liddell (UK), The Datsuns, Adam Freeland (UK),  Anika Moa, A-Trak (CAN), Katchafire, Busy P & DJ Medhi (FRA), Vinyl Slingers (AUS), The Mystery Jets (UK), Fort Knox Five (USA), Sampology feat Tom Thumb (AUS), Anna Coddington, Motocade, Emerson Todd (AUS), The Coshercot Honeys, Honey Claws (USA), Daniel Farley,  Tim Richards, Disco Not Disco (AUS), Cool Kids Club.

Other announced acts for R&V:

The Kooks (UK), Shihad, Digitalism (LIVE) (GER), Carl Cox (UK), Ajax (AUS), Antix (LIVE), Bang! Bang! Eche!, Clap Clap Riot, Cut off Your Hands , Die Die Die, Disasteradio, House of Shem, Jonny Love, Liam Finn, Little Bushman, Lydia Cole, Dick "Magik" Johnson, Over the Atlantic, P Money, Recloose LIVE, SJD, So So Modern, The Black Seeds, The Constituents, The Enright House, The Naked and Famous, The Phoenix Foundation, The Ruby Suns, The Secret Knives, Trei, Unity Pacific





BW Campgrounds


The entertainment doesn't stop at Waiohika Estate! Up the road at the official festival campgrounds a show stopping line up of pre parties and after parties has been announced. The list includes:

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 more to come!

BW Campgrounds are proud to announce Kid Kenobi and Mc Shureshock as part of the second line up. Kid Kenobi was voted the number 1 DJ in Australia in 2007. Last year they rocked the BW Campgrounds opening party and due to popular demand from fans we've booked them again! You can see Kid Kenobi and MC Shureshock headlining the R&V after party on the 30th of December.

BW Opens New Camp "Band Camp"

This year demand for the BW Campgrounds is high with almost 10,000 passes already sold. To cater for the extra demand Campground organisers will open an additional camping area a short walk from the BW site. The new camping area "Band Camp" is nestled amongst the pine trees, adjacent to the local golf course.  Band Camp is the perfect place to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the main camping areas and only 700m away from Awapuni/Watson and the beach. Plus Band Camp campers will still have access to the other BW Campground facilities and activities such as all shows at the Sound Shell, the Surfing Competition, Bikini Competition, parties and promotions.

For full information go to 



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

The history of Rhythm and Vines

During Dunedin winter in 2003 University friends Hamish Pinkham and Tom Gibson had an idea to organize an event to invite their networks of friends from around New Zealand 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. With its beaches and sunshine, not to mention the uniquely kiwi destination Gisborne seemed the perfect spot for the party. With the support of all Andrew's family the boys were on their way launching the beautiful vineyard set party.  The event would be called 'Rhythm and Vines' and would feature top up and coming act the Black Seeds amongst other acts. The event went off without too many hitches under the bright blue Gisborne skies and accommodated 1800 impressed guests.

In 2004/05 the event was well on its way to becoming the class event it is today and entertained around 5,500 people. A second stage was put in place with more of a dance focus.  Crowd favourites the Black Seeds returned to perform a memorable sunset show, while headliners Salmonella Dub had the vineyard thumping following a spell binding New Year's celebration. 

The event grew further in 2005/06 to accommodate a new main stage and a capacity for 12,000 people. Security measures were up, flushing toilets and permanent power facilities were implemented. Fat Freddy's Drop had just been crowned New Zealand's number 1 band at the NZ Music Awards and people clambered to buy tickets. 

In 2006 the event underwent massive growth with 15,000 people over 4 stages and internationals such as Mylo, Crazy P, Shapeshifter, Kora and Dick Johnson headlining the event. 

Last year the fifth year anniversary bought a colossal stable of both festivals goers and artists to Gisborne.  Four stages were now in place at Waiohika and catered for everything from indie to dance, roots to punk. The goals of the initial event rang true as up and coming local acts performed with the likes of returning kiwi heroes Hollie Smith and Scribe and internationals MANDY and New Young Pony Club. The now famous midnight display bought the 16,000 strong crowd to a standstill as Ariel fireworks and lasers lit up the main stage basin.



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