Camper fans grabbing festival spots

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 14:27 18/09/2013
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The Rhythm and Alps site on Robrosa Station in the Cardrona Valley. Festival director Alex Turnbull stands at right. The festival will cap the number of fans able to camp on this site at 500.

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The South Island's largest music festival, Rhythm and Alps, which this year shifts from Canterbury to the Cardrona Valley, has already sold half of the available on-site camping tickets.

Festival director Alex Turnbull, who was in Queenstown and Wanaka last week, told the Mirror that ticket sales, which began in August, had shown an extremely quick uptake among music fans from throughout the South Island.

"Having sold 2500 tickets already is pretty amazing and tells us we've made a great move by making a strategic relocation to the Cardrona Valley," he said.

The festival - which is a smaller South Island sister to Gisborne's 30,000-capacity Rhythm and Vines, and interchanges some artists - will cap the number of fans able to camp on-site at 5000.

Already featured high on the lineup are English quartet Rudimental, whose worldwide hits Feel The Love and Not Giving In are sure to send fans into a frenzy, along with bass-heavy Kiwi multi-genre favourites Shapeshifter.

Other international and Kiwi artists range from top Hospital Records DJs to P-Money, David Dallas, Bulletproof and Kiwi- Croatian globetrotting sister DJs MAYAVANYA. Mr Turnbull said he had some exciting announcements to make later.

FAST FACTS

What: Rhythm and Alps

When: December 30 and 31

Where: Robrosa Station in the Cardrona Valley

More info: rhythmandalps.co.nz

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- The Southland Times

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