Wanaka's Rippon music festival founder Lynne Christie looks
over the event venue, Rippon Vineyard, yesterday. The 10th
festival takes place on Saturday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
For the first time in a decade, Wanaka's traditionally
sold-out Rippon music festival will have tickets available at
the gate on Saturday.
However, despite the slower-than-usual ticket sales this
year, festival founder Lynne Christie says Rippon has not
lost its mojo and will be marking its milestone 10th event in
style with some surprises for the crowd.
Between 3500 and 4000 people are expected at the
not-for-profit one-day festival, which has been held at
Rippon Vineyard's natural amphitheatre since the first event
in 1998. It ran annually until 2000 when it was changed to a
two-yearly event and is the country's longest-running
festival featuring all-New Zealand music.
''We're stoked with that achievement so we do want to
celebrate that,'' Ms Christie said.
The ''few little surprises'' planned, mainly for after dark,
would include more audience involvement to celebrate Rippon
''The audience is obviously the vital part of that
celebration and we're acknowledging that fact and bringing
them in and rewarding them and thanking them.''
Rippon tickets have sold out weeks in advance in previous
years and Ms Christie said it was possible the Rhythm and
Alps music festival, held in the Cardrona Valley for the
first time over New Year, had put a dent in sales this time
''Maybe yes, maybe no. But Rhythm and Alps have been great to
us with helping with equipment and stuff like that ... and
it's always good to have new things popping up, new
businesses, new enterprises.
''We know this is going to be a great festival and we'd
rather focus on that.''
She hoped continuing to hold Rippon every second year would
retain its appeal for locals and keep it ''one of those gems
of living in Wanaka''.
A new feature of this year's festival will be a fun zone for
children, to give the event a more family-friendly focus.
''Just to sort of acknowledge the fact that we've all grown
up and it's nice to have the kids here for their first
Artists performing on Saturday include Fat Freddy's Drop, The
Phoenix Foundation, Ladi6 and Electric Wire Hustle.
Profits from the festival are put back into music education
in the Upper Clutha.