Festivals. We all know they are a bloody good time. But every year without fail there are a collection of human beings who make increasingly poor life decisions and end up like a drunken stain with the brain capacity of an infant.
We don’t want you to be ‘that person’, as R&A is going to be off the CHAIN this year, so we are hitting you with some practical advice to keep you safe and make sure you have a LIT New Years.
Don’t be a basic bi*** or bro- we have faith in you.
Don’t be a drunken douche.
We’ve got to state this one first and foremost, as over-consumption of alcohol is the key way to fall down the rabbit hole of having a reaaaaally bad time.
R&A 18 is a marathon- not a sprint. Each night we’ve got tunes blaring until 6 am in the morning, so you don’t want to be down and out by 11 pm with zero memories and an absolute slurring/spewing mess. We’ve got free water stations dotted around the festival site- so scope out the h2o when you arrive at the festival.
And, it has to be said; climbing that tree, throwing your drink at the MC, trying to climb barriers and have a deep and meaningful with the security guards are all bloody stupid ideas. We know you are really happy to be here but don't be a dick and try keep to your personal space bubble and respect yourself and the other ravers. Leave the clown suit at home team!
Look festy but don’t freeze.
We are big fans of the ol’ body covered in glitter and hella festy attire, but if you are going to show mass quantities of skin, please do yourself a favour and bring a jacket. Cardrona Valley may be a pit of sunshine during the day but hit nightfall she may get cold at night. Mother Nature may decide to rain on us too so be prepared for four seasons so you don’t start 2019 looking like a drowned rat.
Look after your shizzzz.
We see it every year; the overly stressed human pacing backwards and forwards through the mosh pit with their head down looking for their phone/bracelet from their grandmother/Karen Walker sunglasses.
This is a waste of your festival time and we don’t want you to miss out so if you can’t stand to lose it - DON’T BRING IT. Yes, we do have a lost and found but this won’t be properly available until after the festival (as we are flat out). If you are going to bring important items- get a bum bag/ fanny pack (it’s a fasssshun darling), strap it to your body or leave it at home!
Know the lineup & plan your time.
This is arguably the best line up that we have brought to the dirty south in 8 years of R&A and we have a variety of big hitter headliners and a mix of those that are less known but totally rad.
We’ve released our set times early, so you can plan your festival in advance and see the artists that truly get you going. We’ve got some seriously big talent throwing it down at the Cabin & Fridge stages, so we encourage you to cut your umbilical cord from the Main Stage. Check out our updated set times below…
One final note on this is that including the Hawea Pre Party on the 28th ( Chase & Status YES) we have four nights of epic music. Don’t write yourself off into hungover oblivion on the first night. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and well fed and enjoy the full festival.
R E S P E C T
... Find out what it means to me.
… All we’re asking for is just a little respect. (#ArethaFranklinIsGod)
RESPECT the environment; We are not a glorified garbage dump- take your tent, rubbish and ALL belongings with you when you leave the festival.
RESPECT yourself. You are an adult so act like one. Know your limits, prepare yourself with whatever you need to keep yourself well during the festival and look after numero uno.
RESPECT your mates and other festy goers. Try and have an established meeting spot if you lose your friends and don’t leave a man behind at the end of the night. Remember, when you are thrashing your limbs around of the d-floor, that there’s a whole lot of other people trying to have a good time too, so try not to ruin their vibe!
RESPECT the festival and our staff! We work really hard to make sure you have an amazing experience at Rhythm & Alps and we don’t want any dramz. Please, please be familiar with the festival rules (you can read them here), don’t bring in anything you know you shouldn’t, be polite to our lovely staff and respect the artists who have come a long way to get you frothing like nobody's business.
It’s gonna be a totally amazing time folks. So don’t be basic.
TWO WEEKS & TWO DAYS UNTIL THE HAWEA PRE PARTY. Let's get hella lit.
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!