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Summer Festivals That You Need To Start Planning For Now

By Martha Brooke
28th Oct 2016

Summer Festivals That You Need To Start Planning For Now

When photos of braided-haired girls in crochet crop-tops and flower crowns fill our Insta feeds and guys feel it acceptable to ‘shuffle’ around in offensively short, shorts, we all know what time of the year it is— Festival season. Although we may not have Glasto or Coachella, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on partying, grooving to live music and drinking copious amounts of caffeine-infused energy drinks.

With a wide variety and choice of festivals to attend these coming months, it’s time to start planning and gearing up for these summer events. Pack your tent (even though you’ll probably leave it there anyway!), and get ready for a whole lot of dancing and singing along!

Rhythm and Vines

Not only are the festival goers of R & V the first people in the entire world to see in the New Year, (cue bragging rights) they also pull off a stellar lineup every year, including homegrown Kiwi talent and international headliners. Get ready to party amongst the vines and soak in that non-stop Gisborne sunshine, peeps.

Rhythm and Alps

You South Island folk have got it good. Not only are you surrounded by phenomenal mountains, vast lakes and outstanding views, you also know how to put on a killer festival. Being the only South Island, two- day camping festival, Rhythm and Alps should definitely be a ‘click attending’ on Facey-B due to their roaring lineup and can’t-beat location. You go guys!


With such a mixed bag of genres and a whole lot of unbelievable Kiwi talent, Jim Beam Homegrown is a New Zealand fave in the festival game. Hosted in good old Wellie, expect to see the likes of Dunedin lads Six60 and a whole lot of roots, rock and pure talent. Oh, don’t forget to drop it loooow and let those hips SWING to Savage as he takes to the stage, once again.


Moving to the luscious space of Albert Park for 2017, Laneway Festival promises to deliver a host of everything good in the means of music, food and space. With announcements of Tame Impala and Chet Faker already, attendee’s ears are sure to be filled with sweet sounds. With boutique bars and street food on hand, bellies will also be full of tasty treats and morsels! Sounds like a winning combo to us!

Camp A Low Hum

With no back stage areas, special VIP treatment, queues, security and a relaxed timetable, this boutique music festival, located just north of the capital, is unlike any other. Keeping to their different approach and chilled-out vibe, the lineup is only released upon arrival to the festival, making it all the more mysterious and whimsical. BYO is encouraged, making this secret spot even more enticing!


Celebrating everything reggae, Raggamuffin is New Zealand’s only premier reggae festival. Back for 2017 with a crowd-pleasing lineup including Six60, The Original Wailers ft Julian Marley and everyone’s guilty pleasure, Shaggy, the day will be nothing short of spectacular. Get ready to ride those sweet tunes and release your inner Mr. Boombastic.

Highlife NYE

What better way to see in the new year than by partying at a world-renowned vineyard on Auckland’s own little paradise island of Waiheke? With live music, performers, gourmet food, unbeatable drinks and an incredible location, Highlife promises to be everything and more for your New Year’s Eve desires. With ferries and buses running all night, there is no excuse not to attend.

Northern Bass

Slightly more than a one-hour drive from Auckland, you can be immersed in all things drum n bass, grime, hip hop and dubstep at this Mangawhai festival. A well-known event for lovers of these genres and more, ticket holders can get down and dirty to the bass-filled soundtrack whilst bringing in the new year.


This distinguished NZ festival is a celebration of all things cultural, creative and contrasting. Dressing up is encouraged (the more outlandish, the better!) and, with a host of extravagant entertainment on offer throughout the festival, attendees are guaranteed a fun and unique experience. Prepare to leave with a host of new friends and a whole lot of glitter in your hair.


For the first time ever, Auckland will be hosting its own festival, right here in the city. Wondergarden is an all-ages festival, full of live music, performances, delicious street food and bars. Promising to be a NZ festival unlike any other, Wondergarden is a great place to take the whole family and spend a day celebrating and bringing in the New Year. We’ll see you there!

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Image credit: Rhythm and Alps 

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