Press Release – Rhythm and Vines
Day two of Rhythm and Vines 2012 looked at first like it could be wet, but the Gisborne sunshine pulled through and brought with it an amazing sunset above Waiohika.
The Rhythm Stage was rocking, and the happy crowd saw openers Five Mile Town test out the new and improved audio system. Hip hop legend Chali 2na drew people into the arena for an upbeat, bass-heavy and energetic set. Eclectic French dance producer Breakbot took the dancing up a notch, before superstar producer Mark Ronson’s massive DJ set drew crowds of 18,900 to the Rhythm Arena. He did not disappoint, with a selection of huge hip hop tunes mixed with his own brand of funk and pop.
Over the hill at the Vines Stage, locals The Wyld, Loui the Zu and Ahoribuzz had big numbers in the amazing natural amphitheatre. Next up, the crew from Hospital Records shook the whole estate for hours – S.P.Y, Camo & Krooked, MC Texas, Logistics, MC Wrec, and High Contrast keep the drum n bass coming and the crowds almost filled the recently enlarged arena to its new capacity of 10,000.
For the second night in a row the Cellar Stage was the late-night place to be, with DJs Danny Daze and Maya Jane Coles playing their first-ever NZ shows.
Day two was an epic mix of different musical styles, with good vibes amongst the crowds all across the festival. The final night, New Year’s Eve, has seen a large number of single-day pre sales and there could in fact be a sell-out crowd on site to see The Presets, Benga, Six60, Krafty Kuts, and Dave Dobbyn.
The first night of 2012’s Rhythm and Vines festival was an amazing night of music and fun. However, there were issues with the quality of sound on the Rhythm Stage in the main arena that we would like to address for our loyal audience.
The truck crash in Waioeka Gorge the day before the festival was widely reported, and we were very pleased at the time that the driver was unharmed and the gear at first appeared to have sustained only minimal damage. On closer inspection once on site, the audio equipment was much more seriously impacted by the crash.
We worked with the best sound engineers in the country to put together a new replacement system, which was built in a day and was still being tuned right up to the point of the gates opening.
Rhythm and Vines would like to apologise to those patrons in the main arena who experienced a lesser quality in sound than we would typically deliver. We pride ourselves on our production, but this crash was unexpected. To plan and prepare a system of the caliber needed for an audience or the size of R&V requires days of meticulous work, not hours. Availability of equipment over New Years Eve is also very limited.
We were also very happy to have the understanding and support of our artists, such as Netsky and Knife Party, who shone through even in trying conditions.
We’d like to assure everyone that that work is currently in progress to bring in more gear and keep reconfiguring stages to meet the demands of acts on nights two and three.
The hard work and professionalism of our production team in pulling the stage together in time for opening night was extraordinary feat. R&V’s head system technician, Kevin Bennett, worked tirelessly to configure the system to maximise the performance. He was unhappy with the result and worked constantly throughout the evening to improve the quality. This morning he says he believes he has a solution that will considerably enhance the quality of the sound, in particular the bass.
The whole R&V team is looking forward to bringing another big night of the world’s best music to the amazing Waiohika crowd tonight.