Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review)

ON point: George Risk and Alice Talbot enjoying the gelato at Nostalgia Festival 2018.

ON point: George Risk and Alice Talbot enjoying the gelato at Nostalgia Festival 2018.

Tipping its hat to the past with a firm eye on the future, Christchurch’s Nostalgia event is making a name for itself as the fastest-growing music and food festival in the country. ANNABEL WILSON shares six reasons why it’s a great day out for families and merrymakers of all ages.

Beneath bright late-summer skies, Ferrymead Heritage Park came alive with music, stalls and colour as over 4000 folk descended on the historic village for a trip down memory lane on Saturday February 10. Nostalgia festival, known for its friendly ethos and indie vibe, has seen its initial crowd of 800 increase rapidly over recent years, which could be due to its wide-ranging appeal to hipsters, families and hipster families. From the walk in to get my wristband at the gate, til the last set at the after party, the gig impressed me with its all-welcome mentality. Here’s why…

  1. No garish plastic straight-to-landfill festy tack in sight. Nostalgia’s wristbands are eco-friendly wooden tags on a simple black cord. Local wine and craft beer is served in reusable Globelet vessels. And a rigorous waste management plan ensures the beguiling site is kept sparkly clean. This means punters can enjoy the quaint surroundings of the 1900s replica town while looking after its historic environs.
  2. You can get your hair cut by a cute barber. Step back in time and settle into the hairdresser’s chair if you’d like your coiffe updated (or retro-ified) by the on-site stylists from Frederick Woodward’s Barber Shop.
  3. Everyone looks good in vintage. Dressing up to look the part is encouraged and so so stylish. Cinched-in waists, suspenders, moustache-wax, character skirts and all manner of millinery… hipsters and rockabillies both young and young and heart will feel right at home.

    Staying rad w the coach that could. Our ride. #goodtimes #nostalgiafestival

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  4. Train rides and ice creams. There’s plenty going on for Mum, Dad and the kids. Step aboard the tram, take a ride on the steam train, stroll about sampling fine fare ranging from sticky pork ribs to gourmet ice cream. The kindly medical staff even let us have a look inside their ambulance. Toot toot!

    The boys . Ribs. N music . @nostalgiafestival #sochristchurchithurts

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  5. Sweet sweet sounds. Some came for Connan Mockasin‘s psychedelic pop lounge; others for Estère‘s swoony electro beats. Personally I was stoked to see The Chills bust out Pink Frost live, to catch Simon Kong’s stomping set at the RDU stage and boogie on down to Lisa Tomlins and the Presidents of Funk.
  6. You can strike early then get a decent night’s sleep, or carry on at the after-party. The show was all done and dusted by a respectable 8pm. From there we had the option of cruising home content with a day soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of the Festival, or joining old friends and new to shimmy some more at the Blue Smoke. I chose the latter.

Cheers Nostalgia Festival for keeping it real. I raise my hat to you.

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