Ramping up for Summerlands

00:40, Sep 06 2013
Hollie Smith
Singer Hollie Smith.

Wanaka is in for an avalanche of killer live music extending through the new year holidays thanks to the organisers of the Summerlands Festival.


Organisers of the small boutique festival, Leon Eru and Reece Turfus, had to rethink when the 5000-capacity Rhythm and Alps festival recently announced its move to the Cardrona Valley on December 30 and 31.

However, after some quick shuffling and rescheduling, , the duo were proud to announce a genre- spanning lineup of Kiwi favourites and international acts through the Mirror.

"The Rhythm and Alps announcement dropped like a bit of a bombshell, but it's a wicked festival with some great acts.

"We had just had to figure out what would work for us, the artists we'd already contracted, and all the punters, " Mr Eru said.


Now Summerlands will start off with Queenstown and Wanaka "warm-up" club gigs by international artists on December 28 and 29, then hit full flight at the Lake Hawea Hotel on January 2.

The lineup will feature Hollie Smith, world renowned Australian solo artist Dub FX, New Zealand drum 'n bass dancefloor masters The Upbeats, ex- Queenstowner making international electro music waves K+Lab, and Queenstown dub outfit Lil Massive.

A comprehensive list of international and national artists will soon be announced.

The Lake Hawea Hotel has huge views of the lake, and is being set up with a VIP bar zone at the side of the stage, and camping on-site, plus an indoor zone to feature local up and coming artists, Mr Eru said.

"We know lots of the hospitality staff from all around the region will be working really hard over the new year period, so by scheduling the main event on January 2 we know we'll be offering them a chance to let their hair down and cut loose, plus we all know hospo people know how to party hard.

"It's also really important to us that we offer a great lineup of artists to all the people and give them an amazing experience outside of the usual busy dates when everyone is celebrating.

"It'll be an intimate, unique, boutique type vibe that appeals to all ages and music lovers of all types."

The Mirror