Check Out Some of the Biggest Festivals of the Summer

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Thursday, 20 October 2016, 10:37AM

As the old saying goes, you wait for one festival headliner to come along, and then three arrive all at once.

In just its second year, Bay Dreams has secured one of the best festival line-ups in a packed summer schedule that includes Northern Bass, Splore, One Love, Rhythm & Vines, Laneway, Womad and Auckland City Limits (see below).

Bay Dreams' line-up includes hip-hop originators Grandmaster Flash and Bizzy Bone, dance titans Skream and Peking Duk, and Kiwi veterans Kora and Katchafire.

But at the top of its bill are three names that, in his wildest dreams, Lowe never thought he'd be able to get on one festival line-up.

"We were gunning for one headliner. It was either Shapeshifter, Sticky Fingers or Yelawolf," explains Lowe, who co-promotes the show with Pato Alvarez.

"In an urgent rush we confirmed Sticky Fingers, announced it, and tickets went crazy. We thought, 'Look we're not going to hold back, we might as well add Shapeshifter to it'.

"We ended up with the two headliners."

One Love

Where and when: February 4-5, Tauranga Domain

Featuring: Tarrus Riley, Six60, Spawnbreezie

More information: www.onelovefestival.co.nz

Music fans gather at the One Love Festival earlier this year. Photo / George Novak

Music fans gather at the One Love Festival earlier this year. Photo / George Novak

 

Bay Dreams

Where and when: ASB Bay Park Stadium, Tauranga, January 2

Featuring: Yelawolf, Shapeshifter, Sticky Fingers and Kora.

Also: Warm-up event on January 1 featuring Example, The Upbeats and Kings.

More information: www.baydreams.co.nz

 Bay Dreams has secured one of summer's best festival line-ups for its January 2 event, including Yelawolf, Sticky Fingers and Shapeshifter.

Bay Dreams has secured one of summer's best festival line-ups for its January 2 event, including Yelawolf, Sticky Fingers and Shapeshifter

 

Auckland City Limits

Where and when: March 11, Western Springs Park & Stadium, Auckland

Featuring: Line-up announced on November 4

More information: www.aucklandcitylimits.com

A spectator enjoys Fat Freddy's Drop at the Auckland City Limits music festival at Western Springs . Photo / Chris Loufte

A spectator enjoys Fat Freddy's Drop at the Auckland City Limits music festival at Western Springs . Photo / Chris Loufte

 

Wondergarden

Where and when: December 31, Silo Park, Auckland

Featuring: Anika Moa, Liam Finn, The Phoenix Foundations

More information: www.wondergarden.co.nz

Liam Finn, Connan Mockasin and Lawrence Arabia will play Auckland's New Year's Eve festival Wondergarden 2016/2017. Photo / Tchad Blake

Liam Finn, Connan Mockasin and Lawrence Arabia will play Auckland's New Year's Eve festival Wondergarden 2016/2017. Photo / Tchad Blake

 

Laneway

Where and when: January 30, Albert Park Precinct, Auckland

Featuring: Tame Impala, Nick Murphy, Mick Jenkins

More information: auckland.lanewayfestival.com

The Laneway Music Festival in Auckland, 2016. Photo / Doug Sherring

The Laneway Music Festival in Auckland, 2016. Photo / Doug Sherring

 

Splore

Where and when: February 17-19, Tapapakanga Park, Auckland

Featuring: Sampa the Great, Ragga Twins, Dub Pistols

More information: www.splore.net

Splore festival earlier this year. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

Splore festival earlier this year. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

 

Womad 

Where and when: March 17-19, Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

Featuring: Lord Echo, Mt Eden, Sons of Zion

More information: www.womad.co.nz

DakhaBrakha, a Ukrainian band playing at Womad, 2016. Photo / Glen Jeffrey

DakhaBrakha, a Ukrainian band playing at Womad, 2016. Photo / Glen Jeffrey

 

- NZ Herald