It's the eighth year this festival bad boy has been full steam ahead. And armed with arguably the most delicious line up the South’ has seen, its going to be a hell of a show.
Now, we know the headliners- we’ve got the likes of Action Bronson, Vince Staples and Wilkinson ripping us a new one, but there's also a whole host of amazing artists coming that are less well known- but will throw down a HUGE set. It’s time for a bit of artist education peeps.
First off the bat, we have;
Crooked Colours are a super fresh electronic trio from right across the ditch in Perth and consists of three lads; Philip Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merrett-Park. Their music could be described as the 'love child' of indie music and some seriously deep electronic flavours. They have played at the likes of Wonderland, Laneway festivals, and supported big dog RÜFÜS in a sell-out national tour in 2013. Since then they have continued to build quite the following and will be gracing the Main Stage at R&A at 8.20pm on the 30th. Check out one of their absolute bangers below;
Now, this crew has been bestowed the honour of bringing in 2019 on the Main Stage. If you haven’t heard of them, we've have chucked a cheeky wee link to their most popular song “Uprising” below. Bringing in the New Year is a pretty big dealio and this Dutch-Kiwi trio hailing from Amsterdam are more than capable of the task. Another eclectic mash-up of sounds, their music is a blend of country, funk & blues. Get amongst!
The pre-party is notorious for kicking off R&A season with a hell of a bang, and this will be no different with the line-up coming at ya. We all know D&B legends Chase & Status, but Ama Lou is carving out quite a name for herself. The 20-year-old British vocalist has been signed by Drake & Jorga Smith and is known for creating some seriously dope visuals in her music clips. She’s also known for taking the music scene by a storm with her refreshingly, honest ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think’ attitude! Churrrr. Check her out on the 28th at Hawea.
Now, if you have been to Alps’ before you should know about the Log Cabin. It's the stage for fans of the DOOF that love a bit of house and D&B. Get ready to turn up the oven to 240-degrees fanbake (#gettingcrispy) and give the this stage a visit this year.
One of the Cabin highlights coming up is the man himself, Timothy Clerkin. He's heading up the time slot of the "needy and sleazy" playing the Cabin's closing set on the 30th with his house tunes. Holla below for his new track released in August; "Knife Edge Heart".
Baynk, aka Jock Nowell-Usticke will be returning to R&A for a second time this year. The 25-year-old kiwi has taken the music scene by storm was invited to play at Laneway and R&A after only releasing one track back in 2016. Baynk now boasts over one mil monthly listens on Spotify and is about to hit up North America with a full tour early next year.
He'll be laying down some electronic beats @ the Main Stage on the 30th at 7pm. Here's a link to a personal fav of his tunes.
Right folks, countdown is officially oooon . There's less than a month until the Hawea Pre-Party kicks off so make sure you lube up your liver and get your tickets ASAP . Subscribe below if you are keen for more R&A info and blog banter. Holla.
Did someone say 'Oh yes, OH YES'? Carl Cox’s signature expression is one way to sum up the effing rad Sunday session that was the Carl Cox and Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco.
Over 2000 festy, frothing humans congregated at Cargo Brewery in Queenstown last Sunday to break it down to the tunes of four of the biggest names in jazz, funk and house. Despite Mother Nature’s decision to slam us with a game of four seasons (rain, hail, sunshine & snow on the hills), the disco went full steam ahead and was, to put it simply: legendary.
Armed with rainbow umbrella’s attached as hats, crazily bright poncho’s and some pretty questionable yet delightful fashion choices, the sell out crowd vibed on for a solid 8 hours. Check it out!
Raving into the night with the KING.
Photo cred: TomTom Productions.
Now, let’s get down to it, the line-up for our afternoon delight was the most delicious blend of youthful nostalgia and ragingly old school tunes. But, before we delve into the afternoon that was, let’s take a look at the bloody legends that came all the way down to our neck of the woods armed with some seriously big hitting tunes.
The man himself: Carl Cox
If you don’t know who this absolute god of house music is then I don’t want to associate with you anymore. Period. This man has been making tunes since the ripe age of 15 and first exploded onto the UK music scene in 87’. Since then he has been at the forefront of the electronic music scene and to this day still reels in 17-million weekly listeners to his radio show ‘Global’. So it’s a hell of a privilege that he came to the dirty South to rave with us, gracing the stage for a full 6 hours.
*For all of those wondering; we were graced with multiple ‘Oh, yes, oh yes’(s) and some pretty epic banter mixed in between the tunes.
This isn’t the first time Cox’y has been Wanaka bound, with him ringing in the New Year at R&A 2015. Here’s some photo’s from him tearing it up back then.
Getting hella funky with Eric Powell
A long-term buddy of Carl Cox, Eric Powell is the owner and Managing Director of Bush Records, one of the most renowned dance labels globally. He’s a big-time producer and also the brains behind the “Mobile Disco” which has become well established as an annual event in Straya’. The disco is renowned for throwing down tunes from the 70’s all the way through to classic house and this is the first time New Zealand got a cheeky wee taste.
Did someone say FINALLY? #CecePeniston
Finally: The song that takes the crown as the ‘drunken karaoke sing-along of all time’. The song that has been remixed so many times and so brilliantly it should almost be illegal. The song that makes you want to dress up in savagely elaborate, fluorescent drag attire and throw down some ‘your dad at a wedding’ dance moves (Note: If you haven’t seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the last pop culture reference may be a tad confusing).
Cece has been on the music scene since 91’ and in December 2016, Billboard magazine listed her in their list of the 100 Top Dance Club Artists of All Time. Here’s her famous tunnnnne which we had an absolute eye and eargasm’ over seeing live on Sunday.
Robin S, please, please show me some loveeeee.
She did. She absolutely did. We were shown the love. We were given an empowering speech. We were told to be ‘strong independent women who don’t need no man’- straight from the horse's mouth.
Just like Finally, Robin S’s OG hit - ‘Show Me Love’ has a cult following like no other and has been a favourite for remixing in the electronic music scene. The tune was released back in 93’ and Robin has continued on and off in the music scene since, most recently collaborating with DJ Escape on "Shout It Loud’, a single that reached numero uno on the US dance charts.
Check out the version of Show Me Love that got thrown down on Sunday (Note- there were some tears of joy collectively shed when this was played).
So, as you can see the line-up was an absolute gift and privilege for us locals that call Central Otago home. It’s just getting us all the more excited for R&A which kicks off in t-minus 37 days! (You can grab your tickets here) Just to finish in style, here’s a coupley more bangers that Carl Cox and Eric Powell threw down that were damn straight up highlights:
And check out a few more from out first batch of official event photos. Huge shout out to TomTom Productions for these bad boys!
Well, that's it folks! A throwback to a HELL of a Sunday session. The R&A blog will be updated weekly so keep your eyes peeled for next week's post where we delve into more of the artists that will be gracing the Cardrona Valley with some bad-ass tunes!