10,000 eager campers drove from all over the country through the night to get the best camping spots, as Waiohika Estate opened their gates for the sixteenth time. It’s December 28th, and another year of Rhythm & Vines has rolled around.
For many, the festival had already begun. Punters took on the famous #roadtorhtyhm and made a road trip out of the long road to Gisborne - many decorating their cars in celebration of.
Queues to enter the festival were out the gate by 9am, with excited Rhythm & Vines campers not discouraged by the morning drizzles and grey clouds that were looming over Waiohika Estate.
Once the steady stream of campers coming through the gates had their tents successfully pitched amongst the vines, they had time to explore the exciting new additions to the site. From the sponsorship pop up areas to the new Greenhouse Stage in Treble Camp, there was plenty to see and do.
Campsite Entertainment kicked off early, with local DJ's throwing down their favourite festival tunes across several stages in the afternoon, bringing the warm weather and high energy crowds with them.
The Cellar Stage, Garden Stage, and the Greenhouse all amassed crowds late into the evening with campers getting an extra night of dancing in as they wandered around the festival site. The 28th of December serves as a warm up to the three day festival officially running on 29th December through to December 31st, with thousands of campers eager to enjoy the end of year celebrations.
The 29th December will see the Vines and Rhythm Stages come to life, with international headliners like Flight Facilities and Juice WRLD taking on the stage for the first night of the festival, along with another 5,000 attendees joining the party.