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Rhythm and Alps rocks to top acts

Rhythm and Alps rocks to top acts

Last updated 14:56 29/12/2012

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In its second year the sister festival to Gisborne's popular Rhythm and Vines, the crowd of around 3000 partied to international acts SBTRKT, Netsky,  Disclosure, Chali 2na and Flume and local favourites Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Die Die Die and AHoriBuzz.

Christchurch band The Make Believe, YouTube sensations who recently returned from the United States where they signed a five album deal, played energetically but sounded off. They apologised, claiming they'd had "a big night" but there was no excuse for the bad Coldplay cover that started their set.

By contrast, Louis Baker, who had the opening slot yesterday, shone with his smooth Marvin Gaye-style vocals.
Festival director Alex Turnbull said the event had gone well and he was pleased that summer weather had arrived yesterday.

New stage Where the Wild Things Are, set in a forest and complete eith mirror ball, had proved popular.
Anything can happen at festivals and Turnbull said he had received a call from the team at Rhythm and Vines after a truck carrying production equipment for the main stage rolled on the way to the Gisborne venue. The driver was uninjured.

"I got a call at 6am, there was talk of sending a Whisper jet down here to get PA gear for the main stage at Gisborne," Turnbull said.

"Imagine 27,000 people and no main stage. Luckily they checked the gear and it was working fine after the accident."

The most unusual case treated at the first aid tent at Rhythm and Alps was an 18 year old girl who had been bitten by a wild kitten while many other party goers were stricken by hayfever.

Most popular lost items included cellphones, car keys and lone jandals.

Although one man asked customer services if his wife had been handed in.
"I can't remember where I left her," he said.

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- Fairfax Media

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