GEARING UP: A group of Rhythm and Vines revellers from Auckland including Kelsi Krippner, Amelia Cassin, Kirsty Moller, Jayde Lisk, John McLaughlan, Madi Hill and Heidi Teffiey cue at the festival entrance. Pictures by Liam Clayton.
THE CREW: From left, Eden Edwards-Schunselaar, Chelsea Eady, Keegan Bald, Taylor Herbert, Ashley Puliyodil, Liam Handley, Otto Fillipo, and Adrian Choat take some time out before festival kick-off today.
Security guard Crystal Tataurangi checks the bags of Aucklander Abby Helliker-Hales. Now in its 14th year, this is the first time Rhythm and Vines will have a ban on bring-your-own alcohol at the event, with festival patrons restricted to buying alcohol from designated on-site bars. Due to new liquor licensing conditions, all alcohol consumed on-site must be consumed at these bars. Despite these restrictions, Rhythm and Vines publicity director Chris Henry says there have been only minor confiscations and festival goers have been well behaved as they have arrived on-site to check-in and set-up over the last few days.
FINE IN THE VINE: Balclutha girls Kaylee Peoples and Samara Willocks set up their camp site among the vines at the Waiohika Estate.
RHYTHM READY: Claudia Baturic and Courtney Holden from Auckland will not be left straggling for pegs in the dark, having set their tent up yesterday in one of the festival’s three designated camping sites. For those less inclined to setting up their own camp site, pre-prepared tepee and ‘glamping’ options are also available, but all festival accommodation is now sold out, with 9000 people booked to stay on-site. Seven thousand people checked in to the festival campgrounds yesterday, while a further 2000 are expected to arrive on the first day of the festival today. About 17,000 are expected to attend the festival over the three days. This year a limited number of three-day passes was released, and the festival sold out in record time.
The revellers arrive.
Conor Shalloe, Henry Ryan, Marcus Aselmi, Declan Keaney and Henry Fullerton-Smith set up shelter.
Jack Ellis, Connor Gibson and Anirudh Bhatnagar from Auckland get festival-ready.
R&V check in.
FIRST OF MANY: Lauren Fourie, Josh Hale, Karrissa Immers, Matt Ferguson and Nick Absolum pick out a prime camping spot after arriving at the R&V official campsite from Auckland.