This summer’s Cardrona Valley event will mark the return of international artists for the first time since Covid closed the borders in 2020.
New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Sweden and Germany are represented.
Local talent includes drum and bass band Concord Dawn, up-and-coming indie surf-rockers Flaxxies, blues-funk-rock luminaries Kora, SoundCloud rapper “Gen Z” lilbubblegum, and award-winning drumming force Aotearoa and bass scene, Paige Julia.
Australian artists Cosmos Midnight, Dope Lemon and rapper poet Sampa The Great are also on the bill.
UK artists include global dance music culture Andy C, award-winning Manchester DJ and producer Bou, drum and bass DJ Harriet Jaxxon, promoter Radio Host and DJ Moxie.
A second line-up announcement is expected at the end of August.
Festival organizer Alex Turnbull said this year the team focused on building “probably the newest and most vibrant stage in the country”.
The three-day festival opens on December 29 and the final act ends in the wee hours of January 1.
Up to 10,000 people, including 6,000 campers, are expected.
Just over 40% of festival-goers came to the festival from outside the region, helping to bring a significant increase in regional spending and a palpable buzz in and around Wanaka, Mr Turnbull said.