On the 28th-29th December, Terrace Downs, Canterbury, hosted the second annual Rhythm & Alps festival. Two days of good vibes, good music, and good people, albeit with bad sleep, and a tent with sauna-like abilities in the morning, and ice-box qualities in the evening. I did not attend last years first ever R&A, but from what I have been told, any issues that arose from the 2011 festival have been addressed for the latest installment. This is one event that is shaping up to be a big hit during festival season.
Myself and my lovely friend Sam called the above tent home for two days. It was BOILING hot in the morning and freezing cold in the night, couple that with a hangover and you have a recipe for a bad night’s sleep!
It was very difficult to locate our tent after a few beverages…
The first act I watched once we had gotten settled in was Wellington‘s Electric Wire Hustle. I have seen EWH play on many occasions in their hometown, but something about the buzzing festival atmosphere gave them new life in my mind. In saying that, their eclectic sound that pushes genre boundaries is always a welcome sound. For more info on Electric Wire Hustle, visit: www.electricwirehustle.com
Flume was the act that really took me by surprise. Having never heard of Sydney’s Harley Streten’s one man show, I stumbled upon this ear-gasm purely by mistake. His glitchy, hip-hop-esque style was a welcome break from what has become the popular norm for most festival acts. And his remix of Biggie’s Juicy will forever hold a place in my heart, because that song has so many good memories attached to it. For more info on Flume visit – http://www.facebook.com/flumemusic or https://soundcloud.com/flume-1
The last act I remember seeing on the first night was UK’s Netsky. The up-beat drum and bass, delivered in an old-school fashion was a real crowd pleaser. Although the delay in getting the absolute train wreck that was the previous band off the stage for Netsky’s arrival was a tad painful. The last thing I remember about the first night of R&A was yelling at OPIUO to be quiet because I was trying to sleep.
After waking from a supplement-induced coma on the second day, and having to peel myself from the tent floor, I went and cabbed out in front of the main stage to watch Louis Baker serenade me and every other fortunate person in the extremely hungover audience. His voice is powerful and bold, and listening to it coupled with the beautiful scenery was a truly pleasurable experience. You may remember an earlier article I posted about Brockaflowersaurus Rex and the Blueberry Biscuits – Well that is also where you may have come across Louis Baker. For more info on Louis, visit – http://www.facebook.com/LouisJBaker?ref=ts&fref=ts and for more info on Brockaflowersaurus Rex and the Blueberry biscuits, visit – http://www.facebook.com/brockaflowersaurusrex
The other act to blow my mind, and come close to ridding me of my hangover, was Wellington’s Alphabethead. Reminiscent of The Gas Lamp Killer (We shall hear from him in a wee while), you never knew just what to expect. Glitchy, manic, high energy, and the most awesome remix of Gwen Stefani‘s Holla Back Girl that I have ever heard, Alphabethead is definitely someone I would like to see play next year. One of the festival’s stand out acts in my humble opinion. For more info on Alphabethead, visit – http://alphabethead.bandcamp.com/
Los Angeles’ The Gas Lamp Killer did not fail in the slightest to blow my mind, and completely rid me of my hangover. This guy is a legend. Just like Alphabethead, he was so high energy, and so manic, you couldn’t not love it, either that or you had no pulse. I love that with the GLK, you never know what you’re going to get. I have seen GLK once before in Wellington, but this time was a hundred times better, if that could even be possible. For more info on The Gas Lamp Killer, visit – http://www.thegaslampkiller.com/
Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5, was the stand out act of the whole festival. His crowd involvement was awesome, and he delivered powerful messages about society, and people power that really seemed to touch the crowd. For more info on Chali 2na, visit – http://chali2na.com/
The final acts to play on the last night were from D&B label, Hospital Records. The up beat sounds of High Contrast, Camo and Krooked, Logistics, Spy, MC Wrec and MC Texas kept us all highly amused until the wee hours of the morning (5;30am in my case). All of the above were fucking awesome. For more info on Hospital Records, visit – https://www.hospitalrecords.com/
This year saw the introduction of a new arena for the festival, aptly titled Where The Wild Things Are; it is set amongst a forest, complete with lights, a bar, and a disco ball. It certainly created a strange atmosphere, and was one of my favourite things about the festival.
- Rhythm and Alps rocks to top acts (stuff.co.nz)
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- Amiria Grenell Is a Music Artist on Show at Rhythm & Alps Music Festival (mytreetv.wordpress.com)
- Rock on down to a Kiwi festival (gorentals.co.nz)
- Rakaia music festival plans for 3000 (radionz.co.nz)
- Yeasayer – Ambling Alp (roafts.wordpress.com)
- Over the Alps – 36,000 feet over the Alps – Neil Buchan-Grant (photobotos.com)
- Rhythm and Vines celebrates first decade in style (nzherald.co.nz)
- What’s Golden? Chali 2na. (lineout.thestranger.com)