Rhythm & Alps revellers will be treated to an incredible experience of sound, light, optical illusion and art, thanks to world-leading stage technology.
The highly-anticipated New Year’s party and music festival, held on December 29-31 at Robrosa Station near Wanaka, has already achieved an outstanding international reputation for producing innovative stages. This year’s event will see the bar raised even higher, with three epic platforms featuring a technical mix of state-of-the-art video projection mapping, LED screens and lighting, high-spec audio and bespoke visuals.
Designed by R&A festival experts in conjunction with Queenstown event production company TomTom Productions, the stages are set to captivate and engage the senses of the 7000-strong crowd expected to attend the event.
“R&A is recognised around the world for its legendary stages – particularly the Where the Wild Things Are stage,” says R&A festival director Alex Turnbull. “The technical elements of LED screens, video mapping and audio technology are combined to provide the ultimate experience for party-goers.”
The Alpine Arena main stage – set to host a diverse melange of acts including Six60, Pitch Black and Devilskin – is approximately 20 metres wide and 12 metres high and will feature LED screens, which come alive at night in a spectacle of colour and illusion.
The legendary Cabin stage – sourced from the set of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake drama series – will house a light sculpture from Queenstown’s hugely successful LUMA Southern Light Project, which took place in June this year. Ribera, Sinclair and Mandela are some of the acclaimed acts scheduled for the Cabin.
High-spec video mapping will transform the 20-metre-wide Where the Wild Thing Are stage – assigned to drawcards Opiuo, Baynk and Young Tapz – into three pyramids. The pyramid video mapping will run all throughout the nights of December 30 and 31.
“We will video map fur, leopard skins, electricity … it will all be artistically interesting and provide another facet to the whole music festival experience,” says Turnbull. “We have collaborated closely with TomTom over the years and for every event they always over-deliver, which is awesome.”
TomTom Productions director Tom Lynch says: “Since R&A moved to the Cardrona Valley, we’ve pushed for an abstract stage design for the DJ stage each year. From giant Buddhas to spider structures, we’ve done some crazy stuff. This year is no different with inspiration taken from pyramids for the design. We’ll be throwing some world-class video projection and lighting gear at it to once again to warp people’s minds and transport them to an alternate reality.”
Limited tickets for all R&A events are on sale now and can be purchased at www.rhythmandalps.co.nz.
Rhythm and Alps 2016 full lineup:
December 28 (Lake Hawea Hotel)
ALBI AND THE WOLVES / BASS INTRUSION / BEN AND HARRY / CAMO & TRIKKSTAR / GAWN DEEP / ROBERT GLENN
AKILTHE MC / BENTHAMISM / DEVILSKIN / DUB FX / DUSKY / EKALI / HARD LEE / HEIDI / HEY LADY / ICICLE LIVE FEAT SP:MC / K+LAB / LEFT OR RIGHT / OCEAN ALLEY / PASH JAMS / RIBERA / RISK / SINCLAIR / S.P.Y / STUBACCA / TOKiMONSTA
THE UPBEATS / WEIRD TOGETHER
ACEN / ARMA DEL AMOR / BAYNK / CHACHI / CUT SNAKE / DAVE BOOGIE / GARETH THOMAS / GRAEME JAMES / HENDI / ILL FIGZ / ISAAC CHAMBERS / LIGHTLY TOASTED / MANDELA / OPIUO / PACIFIC HEIGHTS / PITCH BLACK / POTTY / PSYKOSIS / RUSE / SACHI / SIX60 / SPIKEY TEE / STATURE / SUBVERSION / SUMO SUI / T-BONE / THANKYOU CITY / THE SETTLERS / TREI / YOUNG TAPZ
Rhythm and Alps 2015 reviews from ONmag: