2022 closes with a bang in New Zealand with these stunning music festivals, from drum & bass extravaganzas to underground utopias!
Whether you’re a regular festival-goer or relatively new to the scene, it’s no secret that New Zealand houses some of the world’s hottest bass music festivals. That’s not all, though, because genres outside the bass music spectrum also receive hefty amounts of love from residents and visitors. If you’re looking for the perfect party to catch before 2023 turns the corner, you’re in the right place.
Overnighters, weekend-long multi-stage gatherings, and sustainable celebrations, set in the experiential island country that is New Zealand, here are some music festivals you need to attend before the year ends!
Northern Bass 22/23
When: December 29, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Where: 420 Settlement Road, Kaiwaka, New Zealand
New Zealand’s favorite bass music festival is back, slated to see the old year off and bring the new one in, kicking off on December 29, 2022, and running until January 1, 2023. This year’s line up is packed with NZ’s finest, namely Belgian powerhouse Alix Perez, British DJ, record producer, and RAM Records founder Andy C, English electronic music duo Chase & Status, and many more; with support from exciting artists such as DnB duo Artificial Intelligence, Australian EDM artist AROHA, and English DJ and music producer Flava D, to name a few. Check out the complete line-up below:
Northern Bass 22/23 tickets are selling fast, with only Final Release available for purchase at NZ$ 299.90 (176.28 USD) + fees for 2 Day Passes, and NZ$ 369.90 (217.43 USD) + fees for 3 Day Passes. Make sure to get Camping Passes, as these are required for your entire stay and are only included with the Bass Hotel upgrade (which is currently sold out). Attendees have the option to sign up for the waiting list in case their desired upgrade /add-on becomes available for purchase.
Get tickets to Northern Bass 22/23 HERE
Visit the official Northern Bass website HERE
AUM New Year’s Eve Festival 2022
When: December 30, 2022 – January 2, 2023
Where: Leighton’s Farm – 320 Wilson Road, South Head, Auckland
With 100 artists across 4 stages and a variety of workshops and activities, the AUM New Year’s Eve Festival 2022 is a must-visit if you’re looking for some family-friendly fun! The festival runs through three days, with sustainability and art running in parallel with AUM’s musical offerings. Situated on a free-roaming deer farm sprawled across 400 whopping acres in NZ’s whimsical South Head area, AUM guarantees a “soul-rejuvenating” experience like no other.
Full Festival Passes for AUM NYE Festival 2022 are priced at NZ$ 380 (223.37 USD) + fees, with 1 Day Passes for January 1 and 2 priced at NZ$ 150 (88.17 USD) + fees. Attendees can also spoil themselves by opting for the AUM Villa, a luxurious package for 2 people, where all their needs and whims are catered to, from arriving on-site to packing up for departure.
Please note: The AUM Villa package requires attendees to purchase Festival Entry Passes separately.
Get tickets to the AUM New Year’s Eve Festival 2022 HERE
Visit the AUM official website HERE
Rhythm & Alps
When: December 29, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Where: Robrosa Station, 1653 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka
Another 4 stages, a multi-genre festival that is easily amongst NZ’s most iconic, Rhythm & Alps 2022 will see some of the country’s top talents dish out high-energy live performances and DJ sets, set in the picturesque Cardrona Valley. Find the A-Z of who to expect at Rhythm & Alps this year below:
Single Day tickets begin from NZ$ 179 (105.22 USD) + fees, with 2 Day tickets starting at NZ$ 299 (175.75 USD) + fees, and 3 Day tickets at NZ$ 389 (228.66 USD) + fees. The 3 Day ticket includes Camping on-site, while an additional tier of 2 Day Camping tickets is also available for NZ$ 349 (205.14 USD) + fees. Camping for Single Day tickets has currently sold out, but attendees are encouraged to sign up for the Waiting List, in case of any cancellations/availability.
The festival will also offer a diverse catalog of food vendors, with an equally impressive drinks menu. Attendees can also opt to bring snacks and non-alcoholic sealed drinks of permissible volume.
Get tickets to Rhythm & Alps HERE
Visit the Rhythm & Alps website HERE
When: December 30, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Where: The Bone Line, Broomfield
Hosted in Waipara’s The Bone Line Winery, Rolling Meadows is a New Zealand jewel for music and experiential enthusiasts alike. Boasting 3 stages, 5 bars and a custom 40ft-container-converted-skating-rink, expect to be thrilled and exhilarated in equal servings this summer. Rolling Meadows will see some hefty acts such as Joey Bada$$ and Pendulum, Alix Perez, Artificial Intelligence, and A.M.C.; with support from kiwi bass producer Ashez, DnB DJ/producer Brigsy, and techno artist Keanu Raves. See the entire line-up below (more to be announced).
Spots are filling fast against the festival’s expected 6000-head attendance, with Final Release 2 Day tickets available for NZ$ 219 (128.73 USD) + fees, and Single Day tickets for December 31 priced at NZ$ 149 (87.58 USD) + fees. There is also an active Waiting List for those interested in VIP passes and/or Glamping for 2-4 individuals. Food vendors joining the party are known NZ favorites, namely Think Base Pizza, Empire Chicken, and Fritz Weiners, along with alcohol offerings including craft beers, and wines from the venue.
Attendees can also bring campervans on-site, with the area already equipped with toilets and facilities. Personal food and beverage items, including water, will not be permitted.
Get tickets to Rolling Meadows HERE
Visit the Rolling Meadows website HERE
Auckland Blues Festival
When: November 12, 2022, 10 AM onwards
Where: Leighton’s Farm – 320 Wilson Road, South Head, Auckland
This one is for the blues enthusiasts! Auckland Blues Festival, brainchild of AUM New Year’s Eve Festival, will be held in the AUM NYE Festival location and promises to be a day and night of carefully curated blues prowess. The festival will have two stages and will see some of the country’s, and the world’s, best and brightest blues musicians. Expect to see the likes of Australian blues guitarist and Ash Grunwald, Indian guitarist, composer and record producer Blackstratblues, and NZ blues and R&B veteran Midge Marsden, to name a few. Find the entire line-up below:
Final Release tickets for Auckland Blues Festival are priced at NZ$ 195 (114.62 USD) + fees; Glamping add-ons can be purchased separately, allowing for 2 adults, priced at NZ$ 500 (293.90 USD) + fees for a regular Glamping ticket, and NZ$ 850 (499.63 USD) + fees for a luxury package. All festival tickets include free camping and basic facilities, including parking, access to showers, and potable water.
To discourage the risk of drink-and-drive, attendees that are the designated drivers for their groups, or are driving down themselves, can avail free non-alcoholic refreshments at the festival. Once the events of the night come to a close, the bar on-site will be operational for an additional 1.5 hours, and breakfast will be available the morning after.
Get tickets to Auckland Blues Festival HERE
Visit the official Auckland Blues Festival website HERE
High Tide Festival
When: November 12, 2022, 1 PM to 10 PM
Where: McEwan Park, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Set in New Zealand’s capital city against a lush waterfront, High Tide Festival promises to be a 9-hour-long drum & bass extravaganza like no other. Gracing the multi-stage event will be renowned talents such as DnB powerhouse Mollie Collins, British DnB duo Whiney & P Money, and dance music DJ Holy Goof. See the entire line-up below:
With both Early Bird and General Admission tickets already sold out, individuals are encouraged to grab Final Release tickets at NZ$ 99 (58.19 USD) + fees, with only 10% of these tickets currently available. The festival is strictly R18.
Get tickets to High Tide Festival HERE
Visit the official High Tide Festival Event Page HERE
Adrift Open Air
When: November 18-20, 2022
Where: 186 Atkins Road, Te Arai
An unofficial tasting menu to the upcoming Shipwrecked Music and Arts Festival 2023, Adrift Open Air is a strictly R18, weekend-long bass music experience for those that like their music bass-heavy, and atmosphere open-air. Adrift, unlike Shipwrecked, will be a “more intimate adventure,” with house, downtempo, and liquid DnB heavyweights taking the stage from sun-up to sun-down. The entire line-up can be found HERE, with more artists to be announced.
Tickets are priced carefully, with all tiers granting access to the festival and campsite throughout the festival. Patrons can grab General Admission tickets for NZ$ 230 (135.20 USD) + fees, Saturday & Sunday tickets for NZ$ 200 (117.56 USD) + fees, and Late Admission tickets for NZ$ 260 (152.83 USD) + fees. For those that can afford it, Adrift Open Air also has an additional ticket tier, priced at NZ$ 300 (176.34 USD) + fees, and labeled “Super Supporter,” for the “real superstars,” a price that goes a long way in supporting NZ’s thriving festival scene.
Attendees will have access to the beach at Adrift Open Air, and the festival will have rafts and pontoons available for those who want to lounge about. The food and beverage menu promises a vast offering with the festival urging attendees to only carry a reusable water bottle with them; a strict NO BYO (bring-your-own) policy stands for all consumables.
Get tickets to Adrift Open Air HERE
Visit the official Adrift Open Air website HERE
Mayhem Open Air
When: November 26, 2022, 4 PM onwards
Where: Addington Raceway & Events Centre, Christchurch
Promising “one of the most ambitious stage designs NZ has seen,” Mayhem Open Air will see bass music all-stars deliver performances to kick off Summer. Expect to see UK-based DJ, record producer, and radio presenter, Mollie Collins, bass music duo Whiney & P Money, and more. See the entire line-up below:
Mayhem Open Air will be a strictly R18 event, brought to you by SUB180, the team behind NZ’s Rolling Meadows and Urban Jungle. Second Release tickets are currently available for NZ$ 89 (52.31 USD) + fees, and Third Release tickets will be made available for NZ$ 99 (58.19 USD) + fees.
Mayhem Open Air’s stage has been created by the stage designer behind UK’s renowned Boomtown festival, along with a high quality sound and lights system to make for the party of the year.
Get tickets to Mayhem Open Air HERE
Visit the official Mayhem Open Air website HERE
When: December 3, 2022, 1 PM – 10:30 PM
Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland
Slated to be a celebration of music, food, and art in Auckland’s premium Ellerslie Racecourse, Elsewhere 2022 will bring some of NZ’s most beloved DJs and performers. From Auckland-based DJ Dylan C., to electronic music veteran Frank Booker, the line-up promises to go above and beyond. More details below:
General Release tickets are available for NZ$ 129 (75.83 USD) + fees, with Final Release tickets priced at NZ$ 139 (81.70 USD) + fees. Patrons can also choose the Elsewhere VIP Lounge option for NZ$ 209 (122.85 USD) + fees, for exclusive access to the festival’s VIP lounge, side-of-stage outdoor viewing, express entry lanes, private toilets and a cocktail bar, and exclusive food options.
Elsewhere 2022 is strictly an R18 event. Parking will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis; Welfare Tents are available for those in need of medical or staff assistance.
Get tickets to Elsewhere 2022 HERE
Visit the official Elsewhere 2022 website HERE