Six60, Benee, Shihad, headline Rhythm and Alps festival's entirely Kiwi lineup

Wanaka-based music festival Rhythm and Alps has announced an entirely local lineup for this year's three-day event to ring in the new year. 

The 10th-anniversary gig features some of the biggest players in New Zealand music, including Six60, Fat Freddy's Drop and this year's breakout star, Benee. 

Iconic Kiwi rockers Shihad are also set to join the fray, as well as local bands The Phoenix Foundation, Racing and DJ duo Chaos In The CBD. 

The South Island sister festival to Gisbourne's Rhythm and Vines usually includes a mix of international artists alongside the homegrown acts, including Rudimental, Disclosure and Grandmaster Flash in previous years. This time, New Zealand's border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have seen the first fully Kiwi lineup, one that festival director Alex Turnbull says might be their "best yet". 

“We’ve carefully hand-picked these acts from around Aotearoa to highlight the diverse talent that New Zealand has to offer," Turnbull said in a statement. 

“This is a one-off quintessential Kiwi all-star festival, with a second announcement still to come!" 

The first official line up announcement is as follows:  

  • Six60
  • Fat Freddy's Drop
  • Shihad
  • Benee
  • The Phoenix Foundation
  • Quix
  • Chaos In The CBD.
  • Wax Mustang
  • Reb Fountain
  • Racing
  • Truth
  • Trei
  • Fairbrother
  • Ferby
  • K2K
  • There's a Tuesday 

Rhythm and Alps runs from December 29 - 31 2020 at Cardrona Valley in Wanaka. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday July 8.