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Serious Heat at 2023 R&A

The South Island’s premier three-day music festival Rhythm & Alps is bringing serious sonic heat to the Cardrona Valley this summer with the return of international artists for the first time since 2020.

Over 10,000 people are expected to join in the revelry with 40 of the world’s hottest acts featuring at the New Year’s Eve festival. 

“This year’s line-up is so diverse, its without doubt the most dynamic and musically ticks all the boxes,” says festival director Alex Turnbull. “Our headliners include Australian electronic duo Cosmos Midnight, the smooth and soulful Dope Lemon aka Angus Stone and Melbourne-Botswanan rapper and poet Sampa The Great.”

“The talent coming out of the UK this year includes one of the most iconic figures in global dance music culture Andy C, four-time award-winning DJ & producer Bou, the unique drum and bass DJ Harriet Jaxxon and superstar radio host, promoter and DJ, Moxie.  Others are coming from Brazil, Germany and Sweden.”

Aotearoa’s heavy, funk powerhouse Kora will also make a welcome return alongside New Zealand’s respected drum and bass group Conchord Dawn and upcoming indie surf-rockers Flaxxies.

Alex says the festival’s decade long success is due to exceptional music and planning and a consistent crew. 

“ We connect with the very best production in the country and our basic brand principles are to create a pretty special summer road trip experience down to Cardrona and Wānaka. We have worked hard on maintaining our #begoodhumans and #turnupthelove principles and its resonating.”

He says an all new stage is being built at the Cardrona Valley venue that is expected to offer New Zealand’s most dynamic stage experience –  “think laser and video mapping.”

“We’ve also introduced new pre-pitch tent packages for festival goers that include all bedding and camping supplies. This initiative is a great step for ticket holders who want to arrive with everything ready to go. It will also assist us towards reducing waste and installing a better sustainable festival culture.” 

For more information, VIP packages and ticket sales www.rhythm&alps.co.nz