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The Wanaka concert will feature The Datsuns, Kora, Katchafire, Trinity Roots, Street Chant, The Yoots, Lord Echo and Disasteradio.
Street Chant's Emily Littler will appear at the festival for the first time and says she is looking forward to it after a long Auckland winter.
Mike Fabulous, founder and guitarist of Lord Echo says he played the first Rippon festival as a teenager in 1998 "so it has always held a special place in my heart - as well as the best scenery, hospitality and audience size of any festival in the country".
Spokeswoman Lisa Simmers says the biggest change to previous events revolves around the new hall on the vineyard site. Those who buy tickets early will gain access to the hall, she says.
Festival director Lynne Christie says 400 fewer tickets are available this time as organisers assess the impact of the new hall. Tickets go on sale on Monday.
• Delgirl heads off
Dunedin's Delgirl are travelling again, off to play at the Nelson Arts Festival in mid-October. Lynn Vare says the band doesn't expect to play a Dunedin show until November.
• Dial it up
For the iPhone application fanatic who believes he or she has everything, there's now a New Zealand Music app.
The NZ Music app is a "personal, customisable calendar of local and national music events and a database of NZ artists".
• Boys head back
Dunedin band Six60 releases its debut album on October 10. The album has been produced by Tiki Taane .
The band returns to Dunedin for a show at the Dunedin Town Hall on Friday October 14.