Fans party at Queenstown festival

3000 rockin' in Wakatipu

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Last updated 13:30 11/02/2013
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A Hori Buzz's Aaron Tokana in full retro rock mode.
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Photographer James Allan shares his images of this year's Shotover Sunshine Festival in Wakatipu.

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Kiwi music ranging from hypnotic grooves to pummeling drum and bass, along with slick management kept Shotover Sunshine Festival crowds happy, while ticket sales and thirsty punters kept organisers "stoked". 

More than 3000 people attended, slightly down on 2011's inaugural festival. However, festival boss Simon Hendl said strong bar sales assured the festival's financial bottom line remained solid.

Ladi 6's hypnotic groove proved infectious for the crowd early in the afternoon, paving the way for a buzzing dance floor which never faltered until the festival's close.

Auckland's MC Tali made her presence felt with fluid, melodic MCing over driving beats, before A Hori Buzz took the stage, cranking out a raucous set of retro- tinged psych rock served with great banter from frontman Aaron Tokana.

Cowie brothers, playing as K-Lab and Analogue MC represented the resort with a solid set of bass heavy tracks they will later in the year tour the US and Canada with, then ensemble Sola Rosa hit their stride with a huge and textured sound.

The Peacekeepers, made of three Shapeshifter members and fronted by MC Paroa "P-Diggss" Apera, stepped up the pace before Hendl, who plays a dual role in DJing for the Sunshine Soundsystem anchored a set where many of the vocalists on hand stepped up to guest MC, providing a solid punch before the more laid- back approach of The Black Seeds.

Sunshine Soundsystem played another huge set with more guest vocalists and MCs before Kora hit the stage minus frontman Laughton Kora. The five-piece band, which contains four Kora brothers, didn't miss a beat, with Stu Kora seamlessly stepping up to provide powerhouse vocals that left the crowd howling for more.

The Upbeats closed the festival with pummelling drum and bass. While Tiki Taane anchored the MC role, many of the night's artists guested again, leaving the crowd calling for encores right up until the 1am wrap.

An overhauled transport system meant punters were bused back to Queenstown without major queuing.

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