Twisted Frequency event to be expanded

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Last updated 15:09 07/01/2014
Twisted Frequency
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Sound fest: Revellers bring in the New Year at the Twisted Frequency festival in Otatara Bay, Pelorus Sound

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The lack of complaints following the inaugural Twisted Frequency festival in the Pelorus Sound over the New Year has prompted organisers to make it "bigger and better" next time round.

Twisted Frequency, an all-ages four-day outdoor music festival held at a privately owned site in Otatara Bay, Pelorus Sound, ran from December 30 to January 2.

Hundreds of festival-goers from around the country as well as Australia, Europe and Asia converged at the sell-out event to hear performances by more than 85 artists from New Zealand and abroad.

Music acts covered the spectrum, from electronica and psychedelic trance to hip-hop and acoustic. There were also workshops and lessons covering performance, conservation and music production during the day as well as a variety of stalls.

Organiser David Tait, of Christchurch and previously a resident of Blenheim, said the event went "really well".

Landowners had granted them permission to rent the festival site.

"The few [residents] who are out here are very supportive and have helped us every step of the way to make this work," Mr Tait said.

As a courtesy, residents neighbouring the festival site had been invited to attend the event for free.

The festival was alcohol and drug-free and organisers did their best to keep the behaviour of the crowd under control. He had not received any complaints.

The festival's success has prompted them to organise another New Year outdoor music festival in the Marlborough Sounds.

"We don't know about the location yet, but next year will be bigger and better."

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- The Marlborough Express

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