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Rhythm & Vines still on after earthquake

Published:  23 July, 2008

NEW ZEALAND: Vineyard to hold the country's largest New Year's Eve music festival despite earthquake.

As the clean-up work continues in Gisborne following the 6.8 earthquake, Rhythm & Vines, New Zealand's largest New Year's Eve music festival, will be held at the Waiohika Estate vineyard.

"The initial shock has worn off. All roads into the city are fine, and supplies of food, petrol and amenities have not been affected," Christine Shanahan, festival manager, told music website,

"Gisborne will be ready for the New Year's Eve visitors."

Donations will be taken at the festival to help those affected by the earthquake.

The festival can accommodate 9,000 people in campgrounds along Midway Beach. between December 27 and January 2.

Revellers can enjoy four stages, 40 music acts and a midnight pyrotechnics show.

Dance acts include UK dance/rock band New Young Pony Club, Scribe, Hollie Smith and a range of international and New Zealand-based bands and DJs.

The first festival held in 2003 attracted 1,800 people. Last year 15,000 tickets sold out in advance. The festival expects attendance this year to parallel last year's.