Soundscape returns to Hamilton

Last updated 11:04 13/06/2011

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After selling out at just under 4000 people in March, the inner city music festival, Soundscape, is returning to Hamilton in July.

The seven zone multi-genre music festival will return to Alexandra St on July 16 bringing over 40 of the top DJs and bands from around the country, and the world, to play in Hamilton's CBD.

The festival, which happens twice a year, is set within the Rugby World Cup Party Zone and features acts including Tiki Taane (who will be playing a rare accoustic set), Holland producer and DJ Dem Slackers, Cornerstone Roots, UK Drum n Bass legends Octane and DLR, Australians Nadisko and hard dance hero Jody6, New Zealand heavyweights; Aural Trash, Justin Sane, Sam Hill, Beat Mafia and a number of local acts.

There will also be a number of food stalls and carnival rides.

Co-promoter and organiser James Lawless said the festival was designed to give the Waikato their own "mini Big Day Out".

"We started Soundscape around two years ago as a small annual dance party," he said.

"At the time we never envisioned that it would get this big but after the first Soundscape sold out at 1500 people and with support from the Waikato Students Union we started to expand into a full music festival including different genres of music. We started off with DJs playing house, electro, dubstep and drum n bass - now we have bands, hiphop, hard dance and so many more. We wanted to go big and give the Waikato an event to be proud of - a festival that would draw people from all over New Zealand to Hamilton for a great night out."

He said he was expecting a greater turnout and ticket sales were on track for another sellout with early bird tickets selling out in four days.

"Soundscape is very unique, it's probably the only music festival in New Zealand that has such a vast range of music and cordons off a street but it is also very unique on the way it is run. Every zone or area in the event is run by a different group of people. So instead of one company or person taking all the profits - they are split between numerous Waikato promoters who unite for the night. While this business model results in less money for us it benefits more people and the punters, because they get the most knowledgeable people looking after each area and choosing the best line-ups."

First Release tickets are now available for just $20+bf from iTicket and Texas Radio and $15 Student tickets are available from the Waikato Students Union. The second (final) release of tickets are $30+bf and will be on sale once the first release sells out. 

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