Rhythm and Alps – Musical Elite in NZ’s Southern Land

23 Dec

Rhythm and Alps Music Festival, New Zealand, 28-29 December 2012

The 2nd annual Rhythm and Alps festival, younger sibling and South Island arm of big brother Rhythm and Vines, is gearing up to take Canterbury by storm.

Held in the picturesque plains of Terrace Down’s Alpine Resort at the base of Mt Hutt, the 2012 festival will present more than 50 prolific acts, both local and international across three zones as well as an array of interactive onsite activities. The music is set to impress and inspire with a killer line up of vanguard performers.

Exclusive to Rhythm and Alps and headlining this year’s event is the mysterious and masked SBTRKT LIVE (UK). They created a surge among hipsters world-wide after releasing ‘WildFire Feat. Little Dragon’ in May 2011. SBTRKT’s equally infectious second single, ‘Pharaohs feat. Roses Gabor’, was closely followed by trend-setting music blogs, music press and a torrent of new fans around the world. Their self-titled debut release on the YoungTurks label (who also signed The XX) brings the post dub-step sound to life, as SBTRKT weave a tapestry of contemporary bass music with astonishing ease.

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SBTRKT – Masked Music

The UK’s hottest new property, fresh from a hectic 2012 touring schedule, are garage-house duo DISCLOSURE, consisting of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence.  Their single ‘Latch’ launched them into the UK charts in early 2012, and more recently a free-download of ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On (Disclosure remix)’ by Artful Dodger arrived just in time to get Kiwis into a frenzy, anticipating their tour.

Disclosure Duo - Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence

Disclosure Duo – Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence

The one to watch this year is surprise, standout act Flume. Who recently toppled UK super group One Direction off the number 1 spot on the Aussie itunes chart, no small feat for a 21-year-old beatmaker from Sydney. Catch him headlining the Rhythm Room, December 28th.

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FLUME – Australia’s Musical Golden Child

There are different types of genius out there–those that can create something new in an exciting and innovative way, and those who can take something pre-existing, and perfect it. Belgian producer Boris Daenen, aka: Netsky is the latter. Coming to NZ for the first time with his LIVE act, brace yourself for his mind blowing live performance.

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Netsky coming downunder with his Live act for the first time

Other top internationals have their itineraries locked for Canterbury, including; HIGH CONTRAST, CAMO & KROOKED, LOGISTICS, S.P.Y, MC WREC, CHALI 2NA. (Jurassic 5), GAS LAMP KILLER, DJ YODA, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, OPIUO, HERMITUDE, SPEKTRUM and TRIPSWITCH.

And a solid Kiwi line-up will keep things dynamic, including; ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE, AHORIBUZZ, RUBY FROST, THE NUDGE, FIORD, THE UPBEATS, CRUSHINGTON, DIE! DIE! DIE!, SHES SO RAD, TALI LIVE, REALITY CHANT JAH RED LION &MC SILVA, THANK YOU CITY, PIKACHUNES, DUB TERMINATOR, TIM RICHARDS, GLASS VAULTS, ALPHABETHEAD, DEPARTURE LOUNGE, AMIRIA GRENNEL, THE SHOCKING AND STUNNING, RAZORWYRE, THE TRANSISTORS, LOUIS BARKER, HEY LADY, KEV FRESH, DJ SPELL, DEEJAY DREDFORD, OG. THE MERCHANTS OF FLOW, SOULSYSTEM, DJ TIDO, WILL STYLES, MIKE T, CHICCORELI, SETH HAMILTON, SOUL TRADER, ST EDEN and CURE MOTEL

If you wanna know what Rhythm and Alps sounds like with all these artists mashed together, take a listen to kev Fresh’s unofficial DJ mix

 

For more information on festival survival, how to get there and what else is happening on site,  check out www.rhythmandalps.co.nz

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