Music festivals have a long and chequered history in New Zealand. The first large outdoor rock music festival was The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in 1973. The largest was the 1979 Nambassa festival, one of several Nambassa festivals held around that time, in Golden Valley, just north of Waihi. There are regular jazz, folk, ethnic and country music awards and festivals, some of which have been in existence for decades. Another popular one was the Parachute Music Festival which was a Christian music festival held in New Zealand. It was one of New Zealands largest music festivals and largest Christian music festival. Buton March 27, 2014 Parachute Music released a statement on its Facebook and its website announcing that Parachute Music Festival would no longer be running.
This year too New Zealand’s epic scenery plays host to some pretty amazing music festivals throughout the year and here are five of the best music festivals to enjoy
1. Laneway Festival- 30 January
Venue: Auckland CBD
One of favourite New Zealand music festivals is the Laneway Festival which is going to start off in January with a bang. Previous artists have included Angus & Julia Stone, Banks and Belle & Sebastian. This St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way it encourages community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.
Cost of ticket: $159.90 + $2.80 BF. 2.5% credit card processing fee applies to all orders
For more info visit auckland.lanewayfestival.com
2. Raggamuffin Music Festival- 18 February
Venue: The Trusts Arena, Auckland
Cost per ticket: $129 plus booking fee
There will be 18 Bands with 12 Hours of Music. Last year welcomed a HUGE lineup of world class Reggae and Hip Hop artists including UB40, Wu-Tang Clan and Inner Circle.
Featuring Six60, Shaggy, The Wailers ft Julian Marley with Family Man, Ky-Mani Marley with Gentleman, Morgan Heritage, Diana King and Etana. Alongside Six60, New Zealand bands at Raggamuffin X include crowd pleasers The Black Seeds and Kiwi reggae legends Herbs. Salmonella Dub, House of Shem and Lomez Brown. Jamaica’s Conkarah, and Hawaii’s Kiwini and Jah Maoli complete the line-up. Raggamuffin X is strictly R18 only.
For more info visit: https://raggamuffin.co.nz/tickets
3. Splore Music Festival- 17 – 19 February
Venue: Tapapakanga Regional Park, 1 hour from Auckland
Cost per ticket: $245 + booking fee and if sold out then tier two adult cost $275 + booking fee
This is a 3 Day festival favourited by NZ locals. It is a little more low key and takes place over 3 days on the shores of the Tapapakanga area. Located just 50 km south west of Auckland – this 3 day music festival respects the ancient land. Previous years have brought massive line ups so stay tuned for yet another epic list of local and international artists to bring.
A fun filled weekend of music, arts, culture and community. Splore Festival features a stunning beachside location, an eclectic line up of world class local and international music, a dynamic visual arts programme, a diverse range of performances, dedicated kids’ zone, a range of workshops, spoken word, forums, sustainability and theme camps just 70 km southeast of Auckland CBD.
The Splore kaupapa is about celebrating arts and culture with a community of likeminded people who love and respect our environment. Tapapakanga Park is a precious and beautiful coastal park that offers safe swimming on a pohutukawa fringed coastline. With a freshwater lagoon and stunning vistas over to the Coromandel peninsula you will be able to come together on this sacred land that has significant historical stories with the tangata whenua Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Paoa, the Ashby family and Auckland Council.
For more info visit: http://splore.net/
4. Homegrown Music Festival- 4 March
Venue: Wellington water front
Cost per ticket: $119 + booking fee
Probably one of New Zealand’s longest running and popular music festivals with 7 stages and 57 Acts rocking the stages year after year. This is the ultimate festival to check local Kiwi music in New Zealand’s very own capital of cool.
For more info visit: www.homegrown.net.nz
5. Queenstown Winter Festival- 22 – 25 June
Cost: All free
This is the ultimate New Zealand Festival for you! Not too good on the slopes? Not to worry – Queenstown Winter Fest features a week long array of Events including Film Festivals, DJs, Bands, Hot Tubs, Parties, Fireworks – and of course, some of the best snowboarders / skiiers from across the globe to compete in the Winterfest games.
For more info visit: www.winterfestival.co.nz
At the end of the year you can also enjoy Rhythm and Alps music festival of which dates are not yet announced. Most probably it will take place in December 30th and 31st which is wonderful 2 day camping festival held in the South Island. You can visit www.rhythmandalps.co.nz to know more of this festival. Now head to the venue or book your tickets online in advance to enjoy the show.