La De Da has plenty for everyone

SELINA POWELL
Last updated 12:41 27/12/2012

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Rain or shine, the organiser of this year's La De Da festival is determined the Wairarapa music event will welcome in the new year with flair.

A bout of inclement weather during last year's festival forced revellers to don jackets and plastic bags.

Organiser Josh Mossman says he is prepared for both sun and downpours on December 30 and 31, with marquees and trees to provide shelter. Stone chips have been added to the road to prevent vehicles getting stuck in mud.

The event will be smaller than last year's, when there were 12,500 festival-goers. Ticket sales this year have been capped at 10,000.

"We've scaled it back to make a more enjoyable experience."

Mossman organised the first La De Da festival in 2010 after becoming frustrated at the lack of local entertainment options for New Year's Eve.

This year's event will showcase a mix of local and overseas bands, including Shapeshifter, De La Soul and Dub FX with Flower Fairy.

Wellington bands Tommy Ill, The Thomas Oliver Band and Brockaflowersaurus-Rex also feature in this year's lineup.

For the second successive year, the paddocks of Daisy Bank farm will be transformed into a reverberating music hub.

Truckloads of beer and water will be transported on to the farm and its usual residents, the cows and sheep, moved to a neighbouring paddock.

Mossman says the rural setting provides some unique moments for those setting up the venue.

"You're laying out a banquet area with candles and French champagne and 500 metres away there's a watering trough and some cattle."

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- The Dominion Post

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