Day Two Recap: 30th December
Fresh from an epic first night of revelry amongst the vines, attendees welcomed in another day of sunshine and prepared for another night of stellar acts.
Day two at the Vines stage is for all of the electronic lovers, kicking off with an early drum and bass set from Friction at 6:45pm, Habstrakt at 8:00pm, followed by Fred V & Grafix at 9:15pm. French house masters Tchami x Malaa blasted their bassy house tunes from 10:30pm right through till midnight.
Sponsor activations were serving R&V punters well during daylight hours, from Mai FM’s famous waterslide cooling off patrons in the 29 degree heat, while Part Time Rangers spot on the hill was providing free sausages and beverages at their own bar, so guests could grab a drink and take in the view.
Meanwhile at the HUD App tent, Giggle & Vines had attendees in stitches, starring comedians Cohen Holloway, Sera Devcich, Brooke West, David Correos, Inosi Colavanu, Tevita Manukia, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, and Will Wood.
Actor Cohen Holloway’s (of Hunt for the Wilder People, Boy, and more) afternoon set included a hilariously accurate rendition of Liam Neeson’s Irish accent, while Brooke West poked fun at the copious amounts of glitter and tie-dye t-shirts found at the festival.
After another balmy evening in the Vines and stellar sets from Kiwis like Eno x Dirty and Robinson, Friction got the crowd pumping with his feel-good drum and bass, while French OWSLA associated Habstrakt played a hard-hitting pulsing set as the majority of attendees made their way over to dance their way into the night.
By the time Fred V & Grafix rolled around it was dark, the duo in full swing over the course of their final one hour thirty set; letting fans know early on what they were in for - a night to remember. Their show was one for the memory books, being the last performance as a duo together ever.
As the night took over the festival, Tchami x Malaa bought their energy and high tech production with them, as they made their way through an epic 90-minute set to a moving and grooving crowd at the Vines stage. The duo performed, elevated feet above the vines stage to a crowd ready for the night.
George FM were in charge of entertainment over at the Cellar Stage, hosting their favourites like Hamish & Rangi, and General Lee’s ‘Club Classics’, while George Nights presenter Sin had a crowd amassed at the Cellar Stage by 5:00pm. Australian headliner PACES took the stage at 10:00pm to an enticed crowd.
Over at the Rhythm Stage, things were getting tropical with the Space Ibiza takeover. Auckland locals Eastern Bloc got things going for the crowd before a performance from Javi Bora. The European acts were taking them by storm, with maestros James Zabiela and Midlands keeping the party going.
Fans couldn’t contain their excitement for Irish headliner BICEP, who played a closing set to an eager crowd, ending with none other than their classic, ‘Glue’. Laser beams and fire breathers filled the air as Bicep performed to the majority of attendees making the most of their night at the rhythm stage.
The 30th was another night to remember; a high energy night filled with epic electronic acts, patrons not saving themselves for the final night - New Year’s Eve.
Tomorrow's final day of the festival will see the likes of SG Lewis, Sigma, Wilkinson, Vince Staples, and more bring in 2019 across four stages into the first day of the new year.
“The 30th is always the best night, the team have done an excellent job on providing a fun, safe environment to enjoy world-class talent.” Says festival founder Hamish Pinkham. “Audiences are having a brilliant time and I am excited to see out 2018 and our 16th year with them tomorrow night.”
Check out highlights from day two below: