Sea, surf and plenty of sounds

Last updated 11:57 07/01/2014
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Not many sleeps now until Kaikoura's Summersounds Music Festival, and could there be a better way to spend the weekend?

Summersounds has produced an awesome Kiwi lineup for the two-day event, which begins this Saturday, including The Black Seeds, Tiki Taane, Sunshine Soundsystem and Knights of the Dub Table. Not forgetting Kaikoura's very own songbird, Te Aomihia Te Huia.

The festival circuit is still talking about The Nudge from last year with their good times high-energy show and nothing less is expected this weekend.

Showcasing their reggae strengths over the two days will be Christchurch all star risers One Drop Nation, Merchants of Flow, Soulsystem and One Waka.

Left or Right represent the deep south and won't disappoint with wild psychedelic rock reggae fusion.

The wee hours will be dance floor friendly with drum 'n bass and more from Soultrader with JabZ MC and DJ Phil keeping things busy.

Throw in boutique bars, gourmet local food, an easygoing crowd, sunshine, green fields, the beach and the beautiful Kaikoura Ranges backdrop - it's set to be the town's best summer festival yet.

A powhiri will open the event at 12.45pm on Saturday.

The site is the one so popular with festival-goers at the last Kaikoura Roots festival in 2012 - the corner of Harnetts Rd and Old Beach Rd. Free camping and parking available.

Tickets cost $150 and are still available from the festival website,, the Kaikoura i-Site, Dash Ticketing or CPR Coffee. Gate sales will also be available on the day.


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