Summer is here and quite frankly, we deserve it!
I’ve trawled the interweb looking for the coolest summer events so you don’t have to…
But before you read on, did you know there is a girl in the United States whose job it is to encourage Americans to take their full quota of annual leave? I met her last week. What a job! Americans typically get only one or two weeks leave per year (I know!) and even then they think it’s better to leave some days on the table.
So in my effort to promote a healthy work/life balance with Sovereign’s #lifetakecharge campaign, this post is all about some really cool festivals for these long luscious days – and nights.
Waiohika Estate Vineyard, near Gisborne : December 29-31
Headlined by Grammy nominee Bastille as well as Chase and Status (DJ Set) and Netsky (Live) with a night each. Plus rising star MØ, five-time Aria winner Chet Faker, hip hop heavyweight Danny Brown, Zane Lowe, Broods and tons more.
Four stages, three days, bring your own tent or glamp it in a pre-set up tepee.
Robrossa Station, Wanaka : December 30-31 from 2pm
Featuring Bastille, Shapeshifter, Zane Lowe, Chet Faker, Just Blaze, London Elektricity & MC Wrec, DC Breaks, MØ, Mr Carmack, Mad Professor, Addison Groove, The Cuban Brothers, State of Mind, Ayah Marar, Meta and the Cornerstones, Little May, Team Dynamite, Doprah, Sorceress, Kamandi, Haz Beats, Longwalkshortdock, The Nomad, Kev Fresh, Uone, Timmus, Drax Project, Play DJ’s, Deep Fried Dub, Ribera
Featuring Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Supergroove, Anika Moa
Mills Reef Winery, Bethlehem, Tauranga : January 24, 2015
Villa Maria Winery, Auckland : January 25, 2015
Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana : February 7, 2015
Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North : February 12-13, 2015
Luna Estate, Martinborough : February 14, 2015
Vilagrad Winery, Hamilton : February 20, 2015
Sentry Hill Winery, New Plymouth : February 21, 2015
Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere : February 27, 2015
Waipara Hills, Amberley : February 28, 2015
Silo Park, Auckland : January 26 11am-11pm
Featuring 30 bands from New Zealand, USA, UK, Australia, Sweden and Canada.
It started accidently in a tiny Melbourne bar and is now an international event and always interested in finding what’s fresh and putting it into unique settings to be appreciated by music lovers.
Only the biggest volleyball beach party in the Southern Hemisphere is about to hit our shores fresh from Australia’s beaches.
Mt Maunganui : January 8-9, 2015
Mission Bay, Auckland : January 24-25, 2015, 9am-8pm
Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Auckland : February 20 –22, 2015, from 8am
Featuring more than 60 acts over three days of liberation and libation; idealism and interactivity; creative showcase and community in a pristine environment where sustainability is just as important as the frivolity.
Riverside Park, Taupo : December 30, starts 4pm
Featuring The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Sons of Zion and ManaLion
This is a family-friendly event and under 12’s are free. Food and drink is available on site, but concert-goers may bring sealed water and picnics.
Blake Park, Mt Maunganui : Thursday January 8, 2015 from 1pm-10pm
Craft beer, food and wine festival featuring Tiki Taane, Tahuna Breaks, Goodshirt, Sweet Mix Kids and more
Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown : March 21, 2015, 10am-6pm
Celebrate Gibbston with 15 local food stalls and live entertainment
Featuring jazz, rock, hip hop, pop, dub and more in parks all over Auckland
Running every weekend from January 10 to March 15, 2015
Bring a picnic, a rug and some good friends
Every Friday and Saturday in Auckland from January 10-March 15, 2015
Featuring block busters to animated movies and home-grown flicks.
Bring rugs, bean bags and a gourmet picnic
This post was made possible thanks to Sovereign.