Rhythm & Vines Festival

Rhythm and Vines FestivalRhythm & Vines Festival takes place in Gisbourne, New Zealand

Rhythm & Vines Festival 2011 dates: 29th to 31st December
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Pendulum, Calvin Harris, Cut Copy, Erick Morillo, Example + DJ Wire, Skream and Benga, Grandmaster Flash, Architecture in Helsinki, Yuksek, Tiga, Jack Beats, Netsky, Foreign Beggars, Busy P, Six60, Kids of 88, Electric Wire Hustle, Zowie, DJ Zinc, A-Skills, Danny Byrd, 12th Planet, David Dallas, Homebrew, Ruby Frost, Thomas Oliver Band, Dick Johnson, Recloose, Aural Trash, Antix & Fiord, Pikachunes, Scratch 22, Tim Richards, OUR:HOUSE DJS, Nick D, Jillionaire, Chaos in the CBD, Earl Gateshead, Philippa, The Ruby Suns

The History of Rhythm & Vines Festival
It was during a bleak Dunedin winter back in 2003 that Rhythm and Vines was first ‘conceived’.Sick of the cold and looking towards summer, university friends Hamish Pinkham and Tom Gibson gave birth to a then illegimate child: the idea of a summer festival amongst the hills of Gisborne, the first place in the world to see the sun.

They found their partner in crime in Gisborne local Andrew Witters and the family vineyard Waiohika Estate as their venue. With an amazing purpose-built concert amphitheatre and picturesque setting amongst vines, golden grass and rolling hills, Rhythm and Vines had found its home.Gisborne was the perfect destination. With beaches, beautiful summers, and kiwi character, it was a town that old and new friends could be easily drawn to for a new year’s party.

Apart from the setting, R&V’s drawcard were the party starting, funk and dub blasting Black Seeds from Wellington amongst a bunch of other upcoming NZ talent. With 1800 guests and stunning weather, R&V was a night to be remembered, and the party that the boys had hoped for.

New Year’s 03/04 was a success, and the festival was confirmed for the next year, and the year after that. Each time getting bigger, better, with more fireworks, brighter laser shows, more impressive talent. Stages were added, permanent toilets installed, Salmonella Dub headlining one year, Fat Freddy’s drop the next.

It grew and it grew and by New Year’s Day 2008 after another scorchingly good party, team R&V scratched their heads and looked to the gods for inspiration as to how they could beat what they had already created.

How could it be bigger, bolder, and more beautiful? How?

It came to them: one day just wasn’t enough anymore. And the amount of quality artists that were knocking at the door needed more time to play that funky music. And so it was decreed! Rhythm and Vines 2008/09 would be a three day festival of the finest music in all the lands, with culinary delights for kings and ale flowing over the rolling hills.

Things have heated up and Rhythm and Vines is well and truly the most talked about Festival in the country and the only place to be on New Year’s Eve.

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