It wasn't too long ago when Rhythm and Vines was the only real destination (nee: rite of passage for anyone coming out of high school and heading off on their first adult New Year excursion. But, more and more (predominantly) Aucklanders are choosing to ditch the drive through the Gisborne gorge to make the pilgrimage North. There's pretty good reason for it, too. Here are the things we're most looking forward to from the Mangawhai festival.
Yeah, Hi, Hello, if you're a human being listening to music on a regular basis and maybe enjoy a little rap, then you've probably - definitely - heard of this guy. Despite only having one album under his belt, Malone's good mates with some of the biggest names in the game *cough*TravisScott*cough*. The Dallas native is not likely to make the trip down to these parts very often so if you're in the know, get along. If you don't know who he is, get an education (see below to begin).
This is now your second chance in the same year to catch this London Grime MC, arguably one of the best at it too. His latest album garnered critical acclaim and his concert at Logan Cambpell blew the f***ing rafters out. Get amongst.
Don't think we need to say anything here. These guys will go down in New Zealand music history as hall of famers.
Based in Hamilton and Auckland, Raiza Biza is one of the greatest young acts to emerge from the NZ hip-hop scene in the past few years. Grinding away, the Rwandan native is writing music about living as an immigrant, showing his ability to span platitudes of subject matter whilst showcasing just how many great producers are coming out of NZ right now. With a few albums under his belt already, this is one you can definitely find us on the bar for.
Sticking true to Northern Bass' roots, they have also brought in headline act and drum n' bass pioneer Andy C, alongside Salmonella Dub, Tiki Taane, The Upbeats, Pendulum (DJ Set), Foreign Beggars, and a raft of local and international acts.
Tickets are available to Northern Bass on their website. New Years eve, we hope you know when that is.
Pic from here.