Get ready to welcome summer with some of the best music festivals in New Zealand this year! In addition to its breathtaking views, the country also throws a number of music festivals. You can bring in the new year with incredible music from renowned and up-and-coming DJs, musicians, and artists from around the world. Thousands of people gather to see more than hundreds of artists perform, attend workshops and wellness programs, enjoy art installations and live art on display, and have a great time with friends, family, and loved ones.
From a hip-hop and R&B music festival to one featuring a massive reggae line-up, below is a list of ten music festivals that will be held in New Zealand this summer that you cannot miss!
Hidden Valley Festival
When: December 27, 2023, 3 PM onwards
Hidden Valley returns for its ninth installment this December at the 50-acre estate of Matakana Country Park. The line-up for Hidden Valley Festival 2023 has yet to be announced. Last year, the English electronic duo Chase & Status played a DJ set at Hidden Valley! Sub Focus, Fisher, Alison Wonderland, and Culture Shock, to name a few, have been tapped for the festival over the years.
The festival also saw performances from Australian house music producer Dom Dolla, Kanine, Skream, Melbourne-based DJ/producer Aroha, Patrick Topping, and more. Hidden Valley 2022 hosted local talents JessB, Waja, and Ghee, among others. You can enjoy incredible music for eight hours from 3 PM – 11 PM.
The Early Bird tickets have sold out! You can get First Release tickets for NZ $129 (excl. fees) and VIP tickets for NZ $259 (excl. fees) from The Ticket Fairy: HERE
Visit the Hidden Valley Festival website: HERE
Northern Bass 23/24
When: December 29, 2023 – January 1, 2024
Bring in the new year in style with first-class DJs, producers, and musicians at Northern Bass! The three-day festival offers amazing music, food, beverages as well as hot showers. While the line-up for its 2023–24 edition is yet to be unveiled, you can make the most of your festival experience by opting to stay on-site, which requires a camping pass. Camping is available for 2 or 3 days.
Once you select your event tickets, you can pick your add-ons. For a stunning view of the mainstage, you can get the Fuzen Lounge Ticket which comes with a dedicated bar with exclusive drinks, picnic tables, couches, bean bags, and more!
The Green Camp for “sustainably-minded festival goers” is a stone’s throw away from the Jungle stage. If you want to treat yourself, you can opt for Bass Hotel Glamping, which features transport to and from Bass Hotel from the stages, an outdoor lounge, and bright LED lighting, among other things!
Tickets are selling fast! 2 Day (Dec 30 + 31) 1st Release tickets for NZ $299.90 (excl. fees) and 3 Day (Dec 29 +30 + 31) 2nd Release tickets for NZ $329.90 (excl. fees) are available at The Ticket Fairy: HERE
Check out the Northern Bass website: HERE
Rhythm & Alps 2023
When: December 29, 2023 – January 1, 2024
About 10,000 revelers flock to Rhythm & Alps, the South Island sister festival of Rhythm & Vines, every year! The three-day music and camping festival hosts more than 50 international artists and local legends. With the supreme light and the best sound coming from four stages, dance into the new year, connect with people, and have the time of your life from December 29 – January 1.
Rhythm & Alps had tapped Dimension, Halfqueen, Andy C, Bbyfacekilla, and more for the 2022 festival. The beautiful lakes and mountains will instantly cheer you up by calming your mind and freeing you from all life’s troubles. Plan a trip to Cardrona with your friends or loved ones before it’s too late!
Get Single Day, Single Day Camp, 2 Day, 2 Day Camp, and 3 Day Camp tickets via The Ticket Fairy: HERE
Visit the Rhythm & Alps website: HERE
AUM New Year’s Festival 2023
When: December 30, 2023 – January 2, 2024
AUM New Year’s Festival is a family camping, music, and arts festival. It is three days and nights of music, laughter, visual and performing arts, scrumptious food, workshops, and lots more! Hundreds of artists, DJs, solo musicians, live electronic music acts, and bands from all around the world will perform across four stages with the best sound quality in New Zealand!
The first release line-up of AUM New Year’s Festival includes Juno Reactor, Gaudi, Rinkadink, Paige Julia, Jakob, The Librarian, Datgirl & Zappa, Camo MC, and a bunch more artists, with phase two line-up to be revealed soon.
Installation art, yoga, movies, healing, markets, fully themed fancy dress family events, circus acts and gala shows, live art, glow, and fire are among some of its offerings! The theme for AUM New Year’s Festival 2023 is Aquarium, “where the beauty and wonders of the deep sea and all its fabulous creatures, real and imaginary, come together for a 3-night fantasy festival experience,” the festival announced on Instagram. “Next summer AUM will transform into an undersea forest with mystical reefs, giant seaweed and schools of glittering fish, striped fish, jellyfish, mermaids, mermen and other wonders of the deep.”
EARLY BIRD tickets have SOLD OUT already! Get tickets for AUM New Year’s Festival 2023 at The Ticket Fairy: HERE
To learn more about AUM New Year’s Festival, visit their website: HERE
Rolling Meadows 2023
When: December 30, 2023 – January 1, 2024
The Rolling Meadows returns this year with four massive stages, four bars with Kiwi wine, and an enormous 40-foot container skateboarding competition. You can also get tap-pulled craft beer at this music festival set in a beautiful boutique winery. At Rolling Meadows, you can enjoy electronic music, pop as well as hip-hop!
Some of the artists slated to take the stage at the Rolling Meadows in 2023/2024 are a Kiwi pop and R&B band Drax Project, UK-based drum & bass producer Vibe Chemistry, Australian hip-hop and drill band HP Boyz, Dutch DnB group Black Sun Empire, New Zealand singer-songwriter Prins, and English singer-songwriter, musician, rapper, and producer Example.
Pre Sale and Early Bird tickets have sold out! First Release, 30th Day and 31st Day passes are up for grabs at The Ticket Fairy: HERE
When: January 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20, 2024
Where: Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and the Gold Coast
Juicy Fest, a massive hip-hop and R&B music festival, is coming to New Zealand and Australia with nine shows across the countries. This festival gives you an opportunity to witness live music from some of the most renowned artists, including T.I., Ashanti, T-Pain, Trey Songz, and The Game this year!
‘Let Me Love You’ singer Mario, R&B singer-songwriter Keri Hilson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Fabolous will also hit this music festival stage. The Juicy Fest tour kicks off in Christchurch on January 3, with shows in Wellington (Jan 5), Tauranga (Jan 6), Auckland (Jan 7), Melbourne (Jan 12), Sydney (Jan 13), Perth (Jan 14), Adelaide (Jan 19), and its final stop, the Gold Coast (Jan 20).
Check out the Juicy Fest website: HERE
Find Juicy Fest on: Instagram
One Love Festival 2024
When: January 27 – 28, 2024
Reggae lovers, this one’s for you! One Love, a two-day festival featuring a massive reggae line-up with some of the biggest names in the genre, returns next year on January 27 – 28. Jamaican rapper and singer Sean Paul, who is celebrated as a reggae superstar, will also head to Tauranga for One Love next year!
You can witness unmissable performances from Shaggy, reggae music icon Bob Marley’s son Julian Marley, Wyclef Jean, UB40, Fiji, and more! Pia Mia, J Boog, Spawnbreezie, Common Kings, and The Green, among other thrilling artists, are also on the line-up.
Get your tickets for One Love Festival 2024 from The Ticket Fairy: HERE
Visit the One Love Festival website: HERE
Find One Love Festival on: Instagram
Outfield Music, Food & Arts Festival 2024
When: February 10, 2024
Where: Te Awanga
Outfield Music, Food & Arts Festival is returning for its fifth year to provide great vibes and memorable performances from notable artists as well as rising talents on February 10 next year! This family-friendly festival also offers art and delicious food options.
Mark your calendars for a day for a celebration of music, arts, culture, and food! The line-up for this festival is yet to be announced but one thing’s for sure: it won’t disappoint!
Please note: Camping tickets don’t come with a festival ticket. You will need to buy both camping and festival tickets. The General Camping is an all-ages camping area while the Family Camping area is for parents and children. For motorhomes and campervans, you will need a powered/unpowered motorhome/camper ticket.
Visit the Outfield Music, Food & Arts Festival website: HERE
121 Festival 2024
When: March 15 – 17, 2024
The third edition of 121 Festival will be held from March 15 – 17 next year! Some of the finest talents like DJ/producer and label-head DJ Tennis, Interplanetary Criminal, and Peach Milk have taken the 121 Festival stage over the years. The 121 Festival features an Odyssey Stage, Koro? Stage, Dance Tunnel, Ballroom, and Committee Room and also offers wellness programs like workshops and yoga.
For more information on 121 Festival, visit The Ticket Fairy: HERE
Find 121 Festival on: Instagram
Splore Festival 2024
When: February 23 – 25, 2023
Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Orere Point
Thousands of people flock to the Splore Festival for three days of entertainment, music, and dancing! Plan colorful costumes based on the annual theme with your friends and experience the flash mobs, performances, workshops, installations, and shows this festival offers. As for food and drinks, you can get coffee, smoothies, vegan and gluten-free options, wine, fresh juices, beer, as well as non-alcoholic drinks!
Splore Festival also has a kid’s zone with activities as this is a family-friendly event. Attendees can stay on-site as they provide a range of options including family camping, theme camps, and glamping. Splore Festival opens its doors to some of the most talented singers, MCs, DJs, and bands.
Visit the Splore Festival website: HERE
Shipwrecked Music & Arts Festival 2024
When: February 9 – 11, 2024
Where: Te Arai, North Island
The Shipwrecked Music & Arts Festival returns to the sandy shores of Te Arai next year. The 2024 edition of the festival will be held from February 9 – 11, with underground electronic music, workshops, live performances, and lots more. You can also immerse yourself in the visual and interactive art displayed at the festival. This year, Shipwrecked hosted a number of international artists including Dilby, Madmotormiquel, Zebra Centauri, Dewalta, and Princess Room from Germany, Australia’s Moontide Ensemble, Quackers, Mazuko, and Lilli Joy, along with Kotoe from Japan.
New Zealand’s finest talents DnB artist Tali, dubstep producer duo Truth, Mia Kober, Auckland-based DJ/producer Jake Rattler, and Kiwi DnB staple Paige Julia, among other thrilling acts hit the Shipwrecked 2023 stage. The line-up for the 2024 edition of Shipwrecked is yet to be announced. Along with the best music playing across five stages, Shipwrecked features wellness activities, and you can also visit the festival market, and indulge in the variety of food offerings from vendors.
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