Tag Archives: New Years Eve

SFS | Melodownz

Hailing from the West Auckland, Melodownz has been dubbed NZ Rappers favourite rapper. His latest project Avontales, a narration depicting events that took place in Avondale, took the NZ rap world by storm, earlier this year. He has worked Bailey Wiley on his latest track ‘The Anthem.’ Catch him performing at Wave Front NYE as well as Laneways in January.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

Sunshine, Positive Vibrations

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

Bob Marley, Linkin Park, Sade 

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

Road trips in the sun, the beautiful NZ scenery, meeting new people, eating, and playing shows.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

This years Summer Anthem would have to be “The Anthem” Feat. Bailey Wiley peep that LOL.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

The Anthem Feat. Bailey Wiley Prod. by Baccyard

What are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

ya’ll dont even wanna know, lol..

It’s Sade – Hang on to your love / Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze / Black Uhuru – Shine eye’d girl

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?

Creed, With arms wide open

What’s your social media of choice?

The Gram

Who do you follow and where? 

My nose, every day

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

Socks, slides, cargo shorts, visor, shades, throwback

Word association:

Music – vibration

Festival – Music

Camping – Tents

Fashion – Gucci Gang

Roadie – Oil and Water

 

Wavefront 2017 is all set to host an epic Coromandel event to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. Welcome in the tantalisingly new (year) with Alien Weaponry, Benny Tipene, Cymbol, General Lee, L.A. Women, and Melodownz at Williamson Park on New Years Eve.  Buy your tickets now.

SFS | Alien Weaponry

Growing up in a musical household, brothers Henry de Jong (drums) and Lewis de Jong (guitar and vocals)  have been jamming together for years.  They abducted Ethan Trembath (bass guitar) in 2013 for his bass guitar skills and Alien Weaponry as we now know it was born.  

2017 VNZMA-nominated Alien Weaponry is a three piece thrash metal band – hailing from Waipu and getting ready to take over the world!  Performing tracks in te reo Māori, Alien Weaponry write about everything from historical NZ events to things that are specific or significant to them and their Whānau, as well as Māori in General.

We caught up with all three ahead of their first summer billing at  Wavefront NYE festival in Whangamata.

 

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

ET: Heavy. Loud. Beachfront.

HdJ: Cold. Muddy. Raining.

LdJ: Alien Weaponry Headlining.

 

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

ET: Animals as Leaders / Lamb of God / Pantera

HdJ: Lamb of God / Eminem / Red Hot Chilli Peppers

LdJ: Lamb of God / Trivium / Slipknot

 

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

ET: Really looking forward to Wavefront and Soundsplash cos there are lots of diverse styles of music – and they are next to the beach so we’ll get to have a swim. I’m also looking forward to seeing Salmonella Dub, who we are playing with in Wellington.

HdJ: Sharing our music with a different audience that might not have heard us before.

LdJ: Getting the crowd pumping.

 

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

ET: I don’t know about anyone else, but for me it’s ‘Physical Education’ by Animals as Leaders.

HdJ: ‘Man’s Not Hot’ by Big Shaq

LdJ: ‘Player of the Day’ by SWIDT

 

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

ET: Kai Tangata – we usually get the crowd to do a wall of death right in the middle of it and everyone goes crazy.

HdJ: Urutaa – people always sing along to it

LdJ: ‘Kai Tangata’, which is the next single we’re going to release

 

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

ET: ‘Physical Education’ by Animals as Leaders / ‘Another Year’ by Animals as Leaders / ‘Invincible’ by Twelve Foot Ninja

HdJ: ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against the Machine / ‘Without Me’ by Eminem / ‘Ghost Walking’ by Lamb of God

LdJ: ‘The Heart from your Hate’ by Trivium / ‘My Curse’ by Killswitch Engage / ‘Satisfy My Soul’ by Bob Marley

 

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track

ET: ‘Portrait #1’ by Twelve Foot Ninja

HdJ: ‘Manamanap’ by The Muppets

LdJ: ‘False Prophets’ by J Cole

 

What’s your social media of choice?

ET: Facebook

HdJ: Social media makes me nauseous

LdJ: Snapchat to talk to people / Instagram to share photos

 

Who do you follow and where?

ET: Other NZ bands – e.g., Devilskin, Strangely Arousing

HdJ: Social media makes me nauseous

LdJ: Just friends mostly, on Snapchat and Instagram

 

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

ET: Pretty much what I wear on stage – a t-shirt with cut off sleeves and a pair of camo shorts

HdJ: Whatever I find in my closet that day, plus a hat (slip, slop, slap and wrap, kids)

LdJ: A black jumpsuit with rainbow suspenders, some clout goggles, a Jesus piece around my neck and a pair of camo Jordan’s

 

Word association:

Music – Metal / expression / groove

Festival – Germany / crowded / Wacken

Camping – Summer / either really great or miserable / tent?

Fashion – Tattoos / victim / Versace

Roadie – Seth (our lighting tech and all-round helper) / metal as f**k / Motorhead

Wavefront 2017 is all set to host an epic Coromandel event to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. Welcome in the tantalisingly new (year) with Alien Weaponry, Benny Tipene, Cymbol, General Lee, L.A. Women, and Melodownz at Williamson Park on New Years Eve.  Buy your tickets now.

win | Rhythm & Vines Ticket

There’s nothing Swedish cider brand Kopparberg likes more than to be with a bunch of friends grooving to great tunes over summer.  We couldn’t think of a better collaboration than with Rhythm & Vines to experience a New Year’s Eve you won’t forget!

With New Years just a couple of weeks away, we don’t want you to miss out!  If you or a friend don’t have your ticket to R&V, we’ve got your back!

We’re giving away a 3-day pass to R&V, valued at $395 thanks to Kopparberg.  The ticket entitles you to General Admission access for 29, 30, 31 December 2014, including exclusive access to the VIP Vintage club.  This ticket does not include camping.

To enter, head over to our Facebook page and tag a friend who is being left behind – we might just help get them there!.

You must be 18 years or older to enter.  Winner drawn Wednesday 17 December.

 To view the 3 day time table as well as the festival site map, click here!

heard | Northern Bass confirmed to return for NYE 14

Mark your diaries; the first line-up announcement for Mangawahi’s Northern Bass NYE festival is scheduled for Wednesday 9th July (that’s next week).

Public tickets will also be available from iTicket.co.nz.

Northern Bass is more than just music,” says Promoter and Festival Director Gareth Popham.  “But the line-up is the events calling card and we have been extremely lucky through the booking process this time around.  Northern Bass 14/15 is going to be epic!”

NORTHERN BASS 2014/15

DEC 30th & DEC 31st

Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai

First line-up Announcement and Tickets are on-sale Wednesday 9th July from www.iticket.co.nz

Join the conversation:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram #northernbass

heard | R&V 2014 is on-sale now!

If there’s anything keeping us in New Zealand over Christmas/NYE (besides the amazing summer), it’s Rhythm and Vines.  Set in one of the most beautiful locations to welcome in the New Year, the Waiohika Estate Vineyard in Gisborne, Rhythm and Vines has become known as NZ’s biggest NYE festival showcasing the best Kiwi and international musicians.

It is time to secure tickets for this 12th annual three day music festival.

Tickets are available to purchase from 6pm on Wednesday 28th May (that’s today!) for Rhythm and Vines 2014 from www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

3 day festival tickets start from $230 + booking fee
Onsite camping prices start from $125 + booking fee

Onsite camping is available for purchase at the same time as festival tickets and we have a range to suit different needs and budgets.  Camping options include:

Onsite – A camping pass which gives you the chance to stay at different onsite campsites.

Bass – $195 | Mid – $185 | Treble – $125

Premium – There are a range of camping options for those who want a more luxury experience including Glamping, Tepee’s and Hubs.

For more information on camping and accommodation options see the accommodation section of the R&V website.

Campervans – campervan spaces are able to be booked for the Treble camp area.

VIP TICKETS

Festival goers wanting a VIP experience can expect lots of special treatment at Vintage Club. Cocktails, luxury loos, elevated views and special DJ performances are just some of the things in store for you.

For more information about VIP tickets please see the Rhythm and Vines website.

Rhythm and Vines is an R18+ event.

To keep up to date with the line up announcements visit www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

 

SFS | Meet Five Mile Town’s Levi Heeringa

Given their popularity and their impressive performance history, you’d never guess that Melbourne-based, Kiwi Alt-Rock/Indie band Five Mile Town only formed a couple of years ago.  From playing at Auckland Town Hall’s Concert Chamber to the Waiheke Jazz Festival and various festivals here and across the ditch, this barely legal band know how to please a crowd of any age.  This New Year, Five Mile Town will be heading home to delight the crowds at La De Da.

We talk to bass player Levi Heeringa as part of our Summer Festival Series.

Describe your perfect Summer Music Festival in three words.

Woodstock nineteen sixtynine

Which three artists would you choose to headline this dream festival?

Jimi Hendrix, The Band and Led Zeppelin (but they’d probably turn it down).

What are you looking forward to most about La De Da Festival?

Seeing my friend Kane come back from Hawaii. He is my Dean Moriarty.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

The only time I think about pre show rituals is before a show, and by the time we’ve thought of something to do it’s time to play so we never actually get to do it. I don’t know if there’s much else to do except be anxious and yawn (this always happens for some reason).

What sort of beverages do you have on stage while performing?

Ideally a good glass of whiskey or scotch. In reality though, water or beer.

Do you have a favourite Summer Music Festival to play at?

Not yet, I haven’t really played enough festivals.

What’s your best summer music festival outfit?

Boots, black skinny jeans, tight fitting t-shirt and a jacket of some description. Just the all year round outfit.

Out of all the tunes you have, which tune is the one that ‘never fails’?

Who said any of the others fail?

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

Does summer need an anthem? We could listen to more than one song.

What is your happy place?

I’m happy everywhere. Except at St Luke’s Shopping Mall, that places stresses me out.

If you were a superhero, what super power would you have?

The power of hindsight.

What are you thankful for?

To be from New Zealand, sounds lame but that’s something I’m very thankful for. There are not many of us.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My alarm and a general foreboding sense that if I don’t get up I’ll be late for work.

What do you have planned for 2014?

Writing more music and playing more shows. Writing music can be frustrating but when you make something you’re proud of it’s a great feeling. Even better is playing those songs to and audience who like them. Hopefully these plans come to fruition, otherwise I’ll probably have to move home and get a job with my brother at McDonalds or something.

About La De Da 2013:

La De Da returns for its fourth year and will once again be held at Daisybank Farm in Martinborough.  The only New Year’s Eve festival in the lower North Island,  La De Da boasts the best of hip-hop, electronica and drum & bass.  With some of the biggest local and international names (A$AP Rocky, Flume, Kora, Ladi6 to name a few), the fourth edition of this festival promises to be in its best form yet.

 For more information and to buy tickets, visit the La De Da website here.

SFS | Meet Electronic Music Producer Opiuo

With his unique take on electronic music; OPIUO has captured the attention of fans around the world with tours through N.America, Europe, Israel, Asia, India and South Africa.  This New Years, fans of the Kiwi producer who now calls Australia home, can check him out in their very own backyard, at Martinborough’s LaDeDa New Years Eve Festival.

With his music and remixes topping the charts and the numerous awards he has to his name, fans new and old can rest assure they won’t be disappointed when they see him live.  We catch up with him as part of our Summer Festival Series.

Describe your perfect Summer Music Festival in three words.

Bass Funk Slapandwigglesunshine

Which three artists would you choose to headline this dream festival?

Hocus Pocus, The JB’s

What are you looking forward to most about playing LaDeDa in Martinborough come New Years Eve?

The people of New Zealand. My home country. Outdoors under the stars getting the fuck down with amazing humans.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Tequila.

What sort of beverages do you have on stage while performing?

Tequila.

Do you have a favourite Summer Music Festival to play at?

Rainbow Serpent has been a staple for me for years. It was one of the first places I played to a massive crowd all those years ago.

What’s your best summer music festival outift?

Fluorescent Beige Spandex.

Out of all the tunes you have, which tune is the one that ‘never fails’?

Robo Booty – Opiuo.

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

The National Anthem. Everyone knows it.

What is your happy place?

My studio or on stage. I love this job so fucking much.

If you were a superhero, what super power would you have?

End world hunger, fighting, and greed through the power of music…. Somehow.

What are you thankful for?

This. Everything. Anything. The tiny chance that I am actually even here as a human being is beyond crazy, and the fact that I make what I love and get to share and party with you is even more crazy.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My alarm.

And finally, what do you have planned for 2014?

World tour, album, remix projects. Might even do some hip-hop neo pop rap battles.

About La De Da 2013:

La De Da returns for its fourth year and will once again be held at Daisybank Farm in Martinborough.  The only New Year’s Eve festival in the lower North Island,  La De Da boasts the best of hip-hop, electronica and drum & bass.  With some of the biggest local and international names (A$AP Rocky, Flume, Kora, Ladi6 to name a few), the fourth edition of this festival promises to be in its best form yet.

 For more information and to buy tickets, visit the La De Da website here.