Rhythm & Vines 2018 Highlights


The sixteenth edition of Rhythm & Vines was another one to go down in history, with stellar performances from over 100 acts and the vibes to match. Here are some of the highlights from Rhythm & Vines 2018:

Kojak Bell

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Kicking off with the head of guest services, Kojak Bell. Our favourite French Bulldog schmoozed his way around the Artists House and charmed the stars. Young producer Whethan even took to Instagram to share the pair's encounter.

Vines Stage Proposal

Things took a romantic turn at the Vines Stage on the 30th, where the groom to be executed one hell of a proposal with the help of the stage hosts in front of a massive crowd. Much to the excitement of the group, it was a big yes for the happy couple.

Stage Hosts


Ant & AJ have been running the Stage Host show for four years now, and this time they had some extra help. Haylee Clarke, Benny Boy, Brooke Gibson, and Jules Craft, the Stage Hosts pulled some sick gags. From sewer manus to Gisborne's first Lime scooter, these guys bought some extra craziness to Rhythm & Vines 2018.

Fred V & Grafix Final Performance

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Rhythm & Vines 2018 went down in history when Fred V & Grafix announced earlier on in 2018 that after ten years the duo would be pursuing solo careers, and that their performance at Rhythm & Vines 2018 would be their last. On December 30th, 9:15pm, Fred V & Grafix took the stage for an epic set, playing classics like 'Altitude' and other drum and bass favourites, while closing with our very own ‘Auckland Sunrise’. It was an honour to host the final performance of such an iconic duo.

Space Ibiza Takeover


Bringing a taste of Europe to Gisborne, the Space Ibiza takeover was a euphoric evening at the Rhythm Stage, filled with lights, dancers, and world-class DJ's. With the likes of Javi Bora and James Zabiela performing and Irish duo BICEP headlining, it was a fantastical night to remember for all of the dance music lovers.

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The Chiller


It's not R&V without a rave cave. Hidden off the beaten track on the hill, the micro-sized container was home to the frothers and moshers. The Chiller housed local DJ's and about 15 lucky guests who could squeeze in the box and headbang their hearts away, while a sizeable crowd danced away outside into the night. Open every day and late into the evening, The Chiller was the the one stop shop for those who wanted a rave anytime, any day.

Making the Gisborne Herald Under 'Gizneyland'

Need we say more?

The Countdown Video

A highlight of the festival is always the New Years Eve countdown video. The emotional eight-minute video playing at 11:52pm on New Years Eve bought on the major feels, paying homage to those we lost in 2018 while celebrating the highs. Catch the action below.

Rhythm & Vines withdrawals or FOMO kicking in? No worries, tickets for R&V 2019 are going on sale January 15th. Register for pre sales and some sick prizes below.

Sophia Davies