Rhythm & Alps lineup announced

Tash Sultana has been announced as one of the headline acts for Rhythm & Alps. PHOTO: BEN HOUDIJK

If you want to see Tash Sultana, Fat Freddy’s Drop and ScHoolboy Q in one place, you better head to this year’s Rhythm & Alps festival.

The lineup of more than 50 acts set to descend on Wanaka for three days over New Year was announced this morning.

And festival director Alex Turnbull promised it’s the most epic in the festival’s seven year history.

Among the artists joining Ms Sultana and Mr Q are Swedish electronic group Little Dragon and band of the moment, ambient pop group Cigarettes After Sex.

The UK’s leading R&B soul wave funk queen Nao and her 11-piece band will grace the main stage before Fat Freddy’s see in the New Year on December 31.

While drum and bass fans will be stoked to see Wilkinson, Goldie, Camo & Krooked, Hybrid Minds and Black Empire Sun all perform on December 30.

Mr Turnbull said the lineup is probably the most diverse and notable of any festivals in the country this year.

“We are showcasing some of the best festival acts which we have hand-picked from around the globe,” he said.

“We’ve also secured some top NZ-made acts who are excited to come to Wanaka and perform in the mighty Southern Alps.”

Feel-good surfie roots act Ocean return after selling out shows throughout the country this year, and Raglan icons Cornerstone Roots will make their first appearance at the southern juggernaut.

Kiwi dub disco hooligans Lord Echo are set to perform on New Year’s Eve, as is Yoko-Zuna, a rising Auckland electric hip hop act with talent to burn.

Canadian and multi-instrumentalist producer Pomo will bring his three-piece live show and Australian hip hop artist Remi returns to Rhythm & Alps after a massive performance in 2015.

Rounding out the first drop of acts is the multi-talented musician and producer Swindle and Canadian festival owner Andrea Graham, best known as The Librarian.

ScHoolboy Q is playing the festival’s warm up gig at the Lake Hawea Hotel.

But Mr Turnbull said a second lineup announcement will be made in September.

“We’re really excited about this year’s lineup – its general appeal is reflected in the record ticket sales we’ve had so far,” he said.

Another sell-out show is expected so make sure you don’t miss out.

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