2500 come to enjoy festival at Glendhu

Members of The Phoenix Foundation entertain the crowd on Saturday. Photos: Sean Nugent
Members of The Phoenix Foundation entertain the crowd on Saturday. Photos: Sean Nugent
Ashton Redgewell (10, left) and Sage Kellahan (12) make the most of the water slide.
Ashton Redgewell (10, left) and Sage Kellahan (12) make the most of the water slide.
A crowd enjoys the sounds of Queenstown artist Max Gunn at the forest stage at Tuki Festival on...
A crowd enjoys the sounds of Queenstown artist Max Gunn at the forest stage at Tuki Festival on Saturday.

The inaugural Tuki Festival has been described as a "success from end to end" by event manager Toby Garland.

Just over 2500 people attended the music festival held at McRae Station, Glendhu Bay, on Saturday.

Attendees  enjoyed non-stop music from two separate stages — one in a pine forest and the other sitting in front of the lake vista. The many acts included Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tapz, The Phoenix Foundation, and Arma Del Amor.

Mr Garland said the atmosphere was "absolutely fantastic" throughout the afternoon and evening.

"Everybody was in good spirits. The music was good, the vibe was great," he said.

The Tuki Festival was a rebranded and relaunched version of Rippon Festival, which was held 10 times over two decades.

As well as music, the Glendhu Bay site featured a fun zone with a slip and slide and building blocks, and a chill zone in the pine forest where people could laze about in a hammock or learn to slackline.

Mr Garland said he had received a lot of  positive feedback from festival-goers. As a result of that, he deemed the event to have been a success.

The festival has a resource consent to hold five events over the next decade, meaning the next edition of Tuki will likely be around the same time in 2020.

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

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