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Mystery Creek prepares for crowds of music fans

Mystery Creek prepares for crowds of music fans

Preparations are underway at Mystery Creek Events Centre prior to the arrival of around 20,000 Parachute Music festival attendees on Friday when the site will morph into a huge tent city.

For four days Mystery Creek will bustle with the daily village life of the campers as marquees, villages and residential camping sites pop up across the 113 hectare site.

Many festival go-ers stay onsite to check out not only the 90 bands playing across six stages, but take in the carnival rides, late night movies, skate park, kids club, seminar programme and talent spotting competition.

Acts at this year’s festival include: Stan Walker, Dave Dobbyn, Ohio Metal band: The Devil Wears Prada, and Auckland singer songwriter Ginny Blackmore.

Parachute, an established hotspot on the Kiwi summer radar, is celebrating its 24th year and is one of the longest running music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. The drug and alcohol free event moved to Mystery Creek in 2004 when it outgrew the previous venue.

Mystery Creek Events Centre’s space, facilities and infrastructure set it apart from many other venues and the site naturally lends itself to music based camping events with all necessary amenities to reside onsite.

In 2013 Parachute Music Festival was granted resource consent for another term of five years and Mark de Jong, Parachute Music CEO, said the renewal reflected the event’s good standing in the community. “We’re pleased to be calling Mystery Creek our home for another five years, we believe our festival is an absolute asset to the region,” he said.

Jon Calder, CEO Mystery Creek Event Centre, said Parachute was a significant and highly valued event on the Mystery Creek and region’s calendar.

“Parachute is a prime example of the large scale events that Mystery Creek is designed to cater for and we are keen to encourage other concert organisers and businesses to grow their events with us here in the Waikato. Last year saw the festival sell-out to a crowd of 17,500 and the beauty of Mystery Creek is that we have the flexibility to accommodate smaller or larger numbers as required by event organisers, with the ability to camp onsite.”


Parachute Music Festival 24-26 January 2014

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Mystery Creek Events Centre is owned and operated by the not-for-profit New Zealand National Fieldays Society. The New Zealand National Fieldays Society is a charitable organisation founded in 1968 for the purpose of advancing primary industry.
Located just ten minutes from Hamilton, Mystery Creek’s purpose built facility is the ideal venue for any event with 113 hectares of land able to accommodate a variety of events; from trade expos to music festivals, conferences to gala dinners.
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