The city of Gisborne, New Zealand, proudly boasts being the first on earth to welcome the sun each day. Nestled in the rolling hills above this town is the Waiohika Estate, who’s vineyards have welcomed the Rhythm and Vines Festival for the past 6 years.
What goes for the sun in this idyllic setting also goes for the new year as 20,000 revellers usher in their resolutions before the rest of world amidst a flurry of fireworks and a slew of great acts.
Rhythm and Vines has long been a showcase for breakthrough and established New Zealand talent who will be led this year by Ladyhawke.
R&V also sets the stage for intnernational names with The Kooks, Franz Ferdinand and The Mystery Jets among those flying the rock flag while Sihad and Carl Cox are set to play the final set on Dec 31
This year will also see the return of Public Enemy as Chuck D, Flava Flav and their 9 piece band dish out their unique brand of political hip-hop to the masses for a one off gig on New Zealand shores.
With hilltop waterslides and wine tasting to boot the festival, which runs between December 29 and January 1, will undoubtedly be a news years ever party to remember.
Tickets are still avilable from $65 for locals and travellers down under.