Rhythm and Vines: Dotcom to sing in the new year

By Kayla Dalrymple of the Gisborne Herald

Photo / Gisborne Herald
Photo / Gisborne Herald

Kim Dotcom will sing in the new year tonight at Gisborne's Rhythm and Vines music festival.

The internet mogul will be accompanied by a fireworks display, complete with lightning fighters and neon dancers, as he heralds the new year with tunes from his debut album Good Times.

Headline acts tonight - the last night of R&V 2013 - include British breakout stars Rudimental DJ Set and New Zealand drum and bass royalty Shapeshifter.

It was American rapper and singer Wiz Khalifa who drew roars of approval at Waiohika Estate last night as the headliner owned the main stage.

Such was his draw that his performance sucked punters from the other side stages at the annual three-day New Year festival.

"This is the best night of my life,'' Khalifa hollered at his hysterical audience, later tweeting about his delight at the response.

Festival-goers enjoyed a more relaxed start to the evening's festivities with shows including Kiwi acts Tahuna Breaks and Tomorrow People.

Tahuna Breaks has played at R&V before, but this is the first year they have played the main stage.

Guitarist and vocalist for the six-piece band Marty Greentree says the call-up to main stage was a real highlight.

"It's awesome, this is what we love to do - hopefully we can just keep on doing it,'' Mr Greentree said.

Tahuna Breaks took their reggae, soul and electro-funk sound with them on a 7am flight to Wanaka this morning to play Rhythm and Alps.

Tomorrow People have played in Gisborne before, but never at R&V. Tana Tupai, who plays lead keys for the seven-piece group, says the opportunity was great.

"To be playing here is awesome. We love coming to Gisborne because people here don't just enjoy reggae music, they love reggae music.

"It is beautiful here and we're just excited,'' Mr Tupai said.

Both acts had crowds on their feet during their hour-long sets.

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