Fireworks and Dotcom 'a good mix'
A combination of Kim Dotcom and fireworks saw in the new year at Gisborne's Rhythm and Vines festival, with thousands of revellers still on the go when the music stopped about 6am yesterday.
Event spokeswoman Julie Warmington said Dotcom was very well received, and some called the midnight fireworks performance the best in the festival's 11-year history.
"The crowd were really into it. Everyone was dancing, hands in the air and all that. He went well," she said.
About 25,000 people went to the city to attend the festival and other events.
"We actually had a lot of people coming very late, like nearly midnight, to buy tickets. We were going to close our box office but kept it open because people kept coming," Ms Warmington said.
Police said the annual festival remained largely trouble-free, with just two arrests for disorderly behaviour at a campgound in town on New Year's Eve.
The three-day festival, which included more than 100 acts, including Empire of the Sun, Shapeshifter and the Phoenix Foundation, ran from Sunday until yesterday morning.
Planning for next summer's event would get under way this month, Ms Warmington said.
Crowds at the La De Da music festival in Martinborough were similarly well behaved, with no arrests among the 6000 who turned up to see a lineup that featured Australian electronica star Flume, Kiwi soulstress Ladi6 and US hip-hop duo Dead Prez.
"Revellers had a great time over there - everyone brought in the new year in good spirits," Senior Sergeant Stan Wagner said.
Festival promoter Mark Kneebone said the event had been arrest-free for the four years it had run.
"It was a big night and now there's a big cleanup," he said
The Rhythm and Alps festival in Wanaka attracted about 10,000 people, and police said there were no arrests.
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