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'You leave, then you’re waiting for next year’s R&V to come up,' says festival-goer.

'You leave, then you’re waiting for next year’s R&V to come up,' says festival-goer.

AFTERGLOW: Wilkinson’s 16-piece act, R&V headliners, brought in the new year with hi-tech orchestration of electronica, lighting effects, fireballs, laser rakes and imagery projected across the main stage’s three massive screens. Pictures supplied
Flight Facilities kept the good vibes going on day one as they played into the sunset. Joined by vocalist Owl Eyes the duo closing with crowd favourite Crave You. Another highlight from their set included a packed Vines Stage singing happy birthday to Flight Facilities member James Lyell.
Tchami and Malaa brought an element of the surreal to their special effects.
Superduperkyle performed to a near capacity Vines stage arena, before the highly anticipated headliner Juice WRLD. The hip-hop music, trap, and emo rap artist arrived to a screaming crowd and opening with fan favourite Armed and Dangerous.
DJ Midland lit up the R&V party island on the second night with a sound one reviewer describes as unassuming and surprising in equal measure, at once subtle, refined and raucous. “Delivering his kaleidoscopic taste with a mixing technique that nods as much to his British lineage as it does to a smoother European style, he has distinguished himself with sets as classy as they are utterly party rocking.”

The frontline thunder of electronic dance music pummelling Rhythm and Vines could be heard several kilometres away in Gizneyland’s westside suburbs of Elgin and Mangapapa. Some Elgin residents claimed to hear at the same time the airport tarmac twanging as private jets ferried in international DJs and hip-hop stars. Then there were the social media warriors who complained about the badly dressed festival-goers, the congestion and the litter they left on our beaches. But then the party people were gone. The stars’ jets flew back to Ibiza or wherever they came from and three days of beautiful energy drained into the gorge and over the Whareratas as festival-goers drove home.

“You leave, then you’re waiting for next year’s Rhythm and Vines to come up,” said second-time R&V visitor Ruby Meads of Hamilton.

Electronic dance music dominated the festival’s four stages but it wasn’t to everyone’s taste. A posse of Gisborne lads coated in blue body paint wished there were more bands than DJs — bands like Dave Dobbyn, Six60 and Metallica, said Jacob Wallace.

“They could play until 10pm then the electronic acts could go on.”

The rest of the approximately 20,000 R&V fans seemed OK with the live act choices that included Tchami and Malaa who brought an element of the surreal to their special effects.

French record producer and DJ Tchami, aka Martin Joseph Léonard Bresso, is regarded as a pioneer of the future house genre while the balaclava-wearing Malaa is an electronic music DJ and producer who broke into the electronic music scene with his single Notorious. His real-life identity is unknown.

The frontline thunder of electronic dance music pummelling Rhythm and Vines could be heard several kilometres away in Gizneyland’s westside suburbs of Elgin and Mangapapa. Some Elgin residents claimed to hear at the same time the airport tarmac twanging as private jets ferried in international DJs and hip-hop stars. Then there were the social media warriors who complained about the badly dressed festival-goers, the congestion and the litter they left on our beaches. But then the party people were gone. The stars’ jets flew back to Ibiza or wherever they came from and three days of beautiful energy drained into the gorge and over the Whareratas as festival-goers drove home.

“You leave, then you’re waiting for next year’s Rhythm and Vines to come up,” said second-time R&V visitor Ruby Meads of Hamilton.

Electronic dance music dominated the festival’s four stages but it wasn’t to everyone’s taste. A posse of Gisborne lads coated in blue body paint wished there were more bands than DJs — bands like Dave Dobbyn, Six60 and Metallica, said Jacob Wallace.

“They could play until 10pm then the electronic acts could go on.”

The rest of the approximately 20,000 R&V fans seemed OK with the live act choices that included Tchami and Malaa who brought an element of the surreal to their special effects.

French record producer and DJ Tchami, aka Martin Joseph Léonard Bresso, is regarded as a pioneer of the future house genre while the balaclava-wearing Malaa is an electronic music DJ and producer who broke into the electronic music scene with his single Notorious. His real-life identity is unknown.

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