Rippon Festival 2014 ticket pre-sales for Wanaka locals
were launched yesterday morning by crew members (from left)
Cat Williamson, Sally Norman (front), Charlie Mills,
festival founder Lynne Christie, Anna McConville (rear),
Nick Mills and Chelsea Norman. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson
As tickets went on sale yesterday for next year's Rippon
Festival, the organisers of the long-running music event are
undaunted by the arrival of another major music festival on
Wanaka's summer events calendar.
The February 1 festival at Rippon Vineyard - run by Lake
Wanaka SouNZ - will be the 10th since the event debuted in
The organisers of the Rhythm and Alps music festival recently
announced their annual two-day New Year event would be
relocated from Canterbury to the Cardrona Valley from this
year. They expect up to 5000 campers will attend the event on
December 30 and 31.
Rippon Vineyard winemaker Nick Mills said he was not
concerned about the impact of Rhythm and Alps on Rippon
Festival ticket sales.
''There's a sufficiently strong culture within the people who
come to the Rippon concert that it shouldn't be affected by
what happens at New Year,'' Mr Mills said yesterday.
Lake Wanaka SouNZ director and Rippon Festival founder Lynne
Christie said the two events had ''quite a few points of
difference'' and she did not anticipate a conflict.
''[They are] different events at different times and it's
just great to have the South Island recognised as a great
venue for music. We'll continue to put on the organic-style
Kiwi event that we've been doing for some years now.''
About 600 pre-sale tickets for Rippon Festival were made
available to locals yesterday at Wanaka's i-Site and Cafe
Gusto, before the remainder - nearly 4000 - go on general
sale to the wider public on Saturday. Ticketek also has
The festival, which promotes solely New Zealand music, will
feature musical genres from soul to punk to electro. Artists
will include Fat Freddy's Drop, Home Brew, Electric Wire
Hustle, Ladi6 and Sunshine Sound System.
More than $80,000 in proceeds from the non-profit festival
have been given to Upper Clutha causes since 1997.