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Raggamuffin This Friday & Saturday

Raggamuffin This Friday & Saturday
Tickets still available at: ticketmaster.co.nz
Raggamuffin Festival 2013
Rotorua International Stadium, 1 & 2 February 2013

Raggamuffin 2013 kicks off this Friday with a line-up of international and local talent, featuring the likes of Darky Roots, Gappy Ranks, The Black Seeds, Common Kings and a massive series of sets from DJ Sir-vere and The Club Kingz with some very special guests. This is celebrating the release of their new compilation album – VP Pacific Reggae Volume 1, launching that night at Raggamuffin.

More special guests have been confirmed to appear over the course of the 2 day festival, including Sammielz, Chad Chambers and Deach from Smashproof.

House of Marley and Coruba Gold Lounge VIP areas have both sold out but there are still some tickets left for the Pacific VIP zone on both days.

Meanwhile, Rotorua homeowners are adopting the spirit of manaakitanga to help bridge the shortfall in beds needed for Raggamuffin, the reggae festival coming to the city this weekend.

There are 12,500 beds available in Rotorua through commercial accommodation providers but Raggamuffin festival organiser Jackie Sanders says that festival goers tend to leave booking their accommodation to the last minute. “They’re not looking to spend big money on accommodation – they typically want somewhere clean, comfortable and affordable for the night.”

To help answer that demand, homestay network, Look After Me has been un-undated with enquiries from guests seeking affordable accommodation for this weekend. Founder Dr Julia Charity says “some of our more modest rooms could have been filled three times over. New rooms are being added to the site daily, so guests should keep checking to see what has become available.”

Look After Me is now urgently seeking homeowners with guest rooms or sleep-outs to help fill the need. Charity predicts that demand will increase rapidly this month, not only for Raggamuffin, but in the lead up to other major events in the city.

Look After Me is an online homestay network, which matches accommodation hunters with like-minded people. Founded on the principle of manaakitanga (hospitality) rooms range from marae-style mattresses in lounges through to guest wings in exclusive lake-edge properties.

Sanders is delighted with the concept “we want people to come to Raggamuffin and go away buzzing about the warmth of the welcome they received. I think it’s awesome that the people of Rotorua are opening up their homes to festival goers.”

Look After Me host Bianca Haskins, who signed up to Look After Me just before Christmas offers a choice of beds as well as marae style accommodation in her downstairs lounge. “I can’t believe how popular it’s been – I’ve had so many enquiries. I’ve even had bookings as far out as next New Years!”

Guest, Arana Ngaia says “I’m totally stoked! To get accommodation for the six of us, this close to the concert is awesome.”

For details, go to www.lookafterme.co.nz


Raggamuffin Festival 2013
Rotorua International Stadium, 1 & 2 February 2013
Book at TICKETMASTER
PHONE: 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
More info at www.raggamuffin.co.nz

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