Festival expects scorching temperatures

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 10:53 28/12/2012
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Scorching temperatures, a host of international and domestic acts and a kitted-out venue are expected to make the second year of Rhythm and Alps even better than its debut.

The Canterbury music festival, held at the Terrace Downs Resort near Methven, is expected to attract a crowd of more than 3000, almost double that of last year's inaugural event, which hosted 1800 revellers.

More than 50 international and local acts will take to one of the festival's three stages at the two-day event, that started yesterday.

Festival spokeswoman Rire Norman said Rhythm and Alps targeted people wanting a post-Christmas "music fix".

"We've got a lot more infrastructure and we've done a lot more promo stuff, and the line-up is a massive drawcard."

Headliners SBTRKT, who will not be carrying on to North Island counterpart Rhythm and Vines as many other bands are, and British act Disclosure are expected to attract big crowds.

The forecast is for clear skies and soaring temperatures.

Rhythm and Alps is the only two-day festival in the South Island.

STRONG WINDS FORECAST

Cantabrians are being warned to prepare for strong winds on Sunday.

MetService has issued a severe-weather watch, predicting northwest gales for inland Canterbury on Sunday.

There was a chance of some severe gale gusts, especially about the foothills.

Heavy rain forecast for the west of the South Island could spill into Canterbury's headwaters.

A front over the Tasman Sea will move northwards across the South Island on Sunday, with MetService saying it should bring heavy rainfalls to the West Coast, causing spillover into the headwaters of Canterbury's lakes and rivers.

"It is likely that some or all of these areas will be included in a heavy-rain warning closer to the event,'' a MetService spokesman said.

The New Year's Eve forecast for Christchurch looks promising, with northerly winds predicted and a forecast high of 23 degrees Celsius.

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