New Zealand acts drop everything for festival

Alex Turnbull
Alex Turnbull
Fat Freddy’s Drop will headline the Rhythm & Alps music festival near Wanaka after it and a slew of other New Zealand acts were drafted in at the 11th hour to replace five acts affected by Covid-19.

The band will take to the main stage - Alpine Arena - tonight stepping into the breach left by DJ Dimension, Friction, Lee Mvtthews, Sin and Culture Shock.

All five acts pulled out of the festival after Dimension, also known as Robert Etheridge, tested positive for the Omicron strain of Covid-19 and allegedly broke self-isolation protocols and had close contact with the other affected acts.

The electronic artist visited several Auckland's hot spots, including a nightclub and bar, restaurants, and a jewellery store on Boxing Day

It is believed he did not wait for a negative test result before he left the Waiheke Island property where he was self-isolating.

Fat Freddy’s Drop come to the Cardrona Valley festival after performing at Summer Haze in Tauranga on Wednesday.

Festival founder and director Alex Turnbull said organisers were prepared for the possibility of a Covid-19 incursion.

“We expected the unexpected and the safety of our audience, staff and other artists is paramount.’’

Last night’s line-up included New Zealand drum and bass act The Upbeats closing the main stage while new additions Rubi Du and MC Slave and Nice Girl were brought in to play other stages.


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