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Rhythm and Vines is a three day international music festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand across December 29th to the 31st every year. It is globally known as the first festival in the world to welcome in the first sunrise of the new year.

The festival was founded in 2003 by University of Otago friends Hamish Pinkham, Tom Gibson, and Andrew Witters. They wanted to hold an event for their university friends to bring in the New Year in a safe and beautiful location with entertainment from up-and-coming and established New Zealand musicians. Little did they know they would eventually be hosting some of the world’s biggest touring acts alongside 20,000 party goers each year.

IN THE BEGINNING

The first festival back in 2003 had only one performance stage, featuring headliners The Black Seeds, and gathered a crowd of 1,800. A second stage was added in 2004 which saw an increase to 5,500 ticket sales, with Salmonella Dub as the headline act. Following that, the 2005 festival featured Fat Freddy’s Drop, and a new Rhythm stage arena was opened up on site to keep up with increasing demand. The 2006 festival was bumped up to four stages, and featured the festival’s first overseas headliner Mylo from Scotland. A year later, the 2007 festival garnered a crowd of 15,000 with UK act New Young Pony Club in the headline spot.

THE MOVE TO THREE DAYS

2008 was a big year of change. After five successful years of running Rhythm & Vines as a one day New Years Eve festival, the decision as made to expand it to a three day event. This allowed the organisers to contract bands on the international touring circuit. This was a game changer for the 2008 festival, making it the strongest line up yet - many renowned international acts made their way down under, such as Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, Santigold and Carl Cox. Accommodation for the festival was predominately provided by BW Summer Festival, a neighbouring seven day camping festival that has hosting acts such as Flume, Kora, and State of Mind.

AWARD-WINNING

2010 saw Rhythm and Vines sell-out for the first time as a 3 day festival, hosting international acts such as N.E.R.D, Netsky, Chase & Status, Chromeo, Justice, Flying Lotus & Tinie Tempah along with New Zealand acts Shihad and The Naked and Famous, with a record breaking, capacity crowd of 25,000. The festival was crowned Best Event at the NZ Tourism Awards. In 2012, the festival celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary, hosting more big names like Tame Impala, The Presets and Mark Ronson. The standard for international acts had now been set, following it up in 2013 with Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa and Empire of the Sun.

FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF R&V

Fast forward to 2017, the fifteenth anniversary of the festival, tickets sold out faster than ever before. By September Three Day GA Festival Passes had officially sold out only a month after the first lineup release which included international headliners ScHoolboy Q, 2ManyDJs, Baauer, Mura Masa, Big Shaq and A-Trak while seeing the return of Netsky, Sub Focus and Wilkinson. Located on the house lawn, the Garden Stage replaced the Discovery Stage and hosted local favourites such as Yukon Era, Balu Brigada, Black White Dynamite, Soaked Oats and High HOOPS. Rhythm and Vines continues to push the boundaries in creating a world class festival that showcases top international talent while supporting emerging Kiwi talent.

FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF R&V

Fast forward to 2017, the fifteenth anniversary of the festival, tickets sold out faster than ever before. By September Three Day GA Festival Passes had officially sold out only a month after the first lineup release which included international headliners ScHoolboy Q, 2ManyDJs, Baauer, Mura Masa, Big Shaq and A-Trak while seeing the return of Netsky, Sub Focus and Wilkinson. Located on the house lawn, the Garden Stage replaced the Discovery Stage and hosted local favourites such as Yukon Era, Balu Brigada, Black White Dynamite, Soaked Oats and High HOOPS. Rhythm and Vines continues to push the boundaries in creating a world class festival that showcases top international talent while supporting emerging Kiwi talent.

2018 AND BEYOND

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