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The festival’s organisers announced yesterday New Zealand songstress Kimbra would play a one-off show at the Lake Hawea Hotel on January 5.
It will be the first show in Central Otago for the Grammy award-winner, who shot to fame in 2012 when she featured in Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, which to date has clocked more than a billion hits on Youtube.
Rhythm & Alps festival director Alex Turnbull said his team was ‘‘so excited’’ to host Kimbra in Central Otago for the first time.
"An act of Kimbra’s calibre is guaranteed to be a hit with so many visitors to this region over the New Year period, so we’re expecting a sellout. It’s going to be an incredible performance."
The event will join a host of others in the Upper Clutha around New Year. The Rhythm & Alps warm-up event showcasing English electronic duo Chase & Status kicks things off on December 28 at the Lake Hawea Hotel, before the main three-day festival in the Cardrona Valley welcomes in the new year.
The hotel will also host the Top Paddock country music festival on December 31.