Thank F*** it’s Friday with the boyz from R&A


This is the rhythm of the alps. Get in!

This is the rhythm of the alps. Get in!

The jolly season is coming in hot and we know what that means: a shit tonne of vitamin D soaking, sinking alcoholic bevvies (especially on weeknights) and the ever looming question of “how am I going to welcome in 2016?”. Luckily for those of us who call paradise home, it’s just a wee mission down the road to the hottest festival the South Island has to offer: Rhythm and Alps.

Celebrating its fifth birthday this year, the organisers have really brought the party, boasting a line up big enough to get any sane human frothing. From international house music legend Carl Cox (oh yes, OH YES- if you don’t get it, you will soon) to our own soil’s dub, roots and rock big names: Shihad, Katchafire and Sons of Zion, this year’s festival is going to make the hangover WELL worth it. ONmag’s EMMA SIMPSON was lucky enough to chat to some of the festival’s organisers, Bennie and Alex who are just as excited as we are for the festival this year.

Which act are you frothing for the most?

Bennie: The whole line up is pretty amazing really; the programme has something for everyone but personally Machine Drum. Basically everything he has touched has been very forward and new. From beat music to Drum&Bass to Footwork whilst also incorporating some really bizarre sounding funk influences.

Alex: I think NYE is going be one hell of a line up with Chali 2na and the  band from Jurassic 5, Carl CoxShihad and Sticky Fingers…. Actually, the whole line up is really stacked.

What kind of crowd are you hoping to attract?

R &A Boys: Historically (Rhythm and) Alps is a fairly widespread audience. Our main target audience is 18-25 year olds; however in the past few years almost 30% were between the ages of 25-60. Obviously we are expecting some serious house heads for Carl Cox but with the addition of Katchafire and Shihad there’s definitely something in there for everyone.

Any surprises happening?

R & A Boys: Yip! Our new Where the Wild Things Are stage design is off the hook. People said the Buddha stage last year was a highlight, but we are really looking forward to seeing this new design come alive.

How will the show build on last year?

R & A Boys: Again our line up is a lot more comprehensive. It is safe to say it’s the biggest line up the South Island has seen for a long time, if not ever. Obscure artists as well as the mainstream legends are in the mix as well! This year we have brought on board Bassfreaks and Gimme Shelter (two South Island based promoters) to present our Where The Wild Things Are stage as well as The Wall Christchurch.  DUNEDIN and World Bar Queenstown are bringing to you The Cabin stage.

Sell yourself to me – a basic 22 year old white female on the fence for my New Year’s plans; tell me why I should go to R&A? 

Bennie: We’ve got it all to be fair: camping, three awesome stages, rivers and amazing food vendors- as well as the ever important bars. We try and do things a little bit differently down here. From road trips with your homies, to the stunning Southern Lakes that we are so lucky to be surrounded by: I think is a pretty easy choice really!

Alex: Come and party with your best mates in beautiful surroundings and witness some of the planet’s leading underground artists in full beast mode. Free make up in the VIP zone, champagne and an outdoor fire. Enjoy your post party swim and sunbathe in the some of the best lakes and rivers in the world, and get your feet rubbed by your new boyfriend who just danced with you all night.

Well, I think it is fair to say the boys have sold it to me. My ‘basic’ instincts will find it hard to resist an impending post New Year’s foot rub / new boyfriend. If you’re keen for more info jump over to

So December has well and truly shown its face and so has our old friend Mint Bar, who has stormed onto the scene with one hell of a “hello, remember me?” boasting two big Saturday silly season sessions! We shall see you out there, party people!


In other news, tonight it’s the Jive launch party at Gin and Raspberry with Dr Dee and the Vellum Banditos and prizes for the best Christmas jumper. It’s gonna be a yuletide cracker! Saturday  is all about getting ON with your whanau and friends then celebrating Urban Grind’s 4th birthday. Sunday is the day to hit up the Wanaka markets for some artisan craft. Have you scored a Bridget Hall Design print yet? The perfect pressie and piece of Wanaka for those you hold dear – check out her colourful Christmas and NZ native bird cards and Lake Wanaka prints at her market stall.

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