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It’s the hottest historic festival in the country and it’s about to get even hotter, with Nostalgia Festival’s line-up preparing to turn up the heat in February.

 

 

Cassels & Sons Nostalgia will showcase an eclectic mix of artists across three stages, featuring acts from around New Zealand and beyond.

Leading the largest line-up yet is multi award-winning and globally celebrated singer, writer and producer Ladyhawke, who will be joined by

  • Lord Echo
  • Troy Kingi
  • Holly Arrowsmith
  • Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders
  • Tiny Ruins
  • Marlin’s Dreaming
  • Mermaidens
  • Mousey
  • Archer & Flora Knight
  • Skyscraper Stan
  • Ever Lovin’ Jug Band
  • Beacon Bloom
  • Eyes Down Sound
  • Pikachunes
  • Hauswerk
  • MUDD

    – with more acts still to be announced.

 

“The range of acts for the 2020 festival is unprecedented, from the modern soulful roots of Troy Kingi and the Latin disco, African soul and techno vibes of Lord Echo (performing as a six-piece) to treasured artists like Tiny Ruins and Holly Arrowsmith,” festival founder Johnny Gibson says.

The daytime event, nestled at the base of the Port Hills in Heathcote, is unlike any other in New Zealand with its focus on providing a family-friendly atmosphere and exceptional offerings of great food, drinks and craft beer from festival partner Cassels & Sons, with a focus on sustainability.

“For the first time we’re moving into the some of the Heritage Park buildings, bringing them to life with two pop-up restaurants, a bakery and a new performance space,” Johnny says.

“This is all part of continuing to create new offerings and unique experiences for festival-goers.”

www.nostalgiafestival.co.nz

 


 

Summer’s getting hot!


It’s summertime and the living is easy, so we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for what to do in the Garden City.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Let’s all celebrate and see in the New Year at Christchurch’s biggest NYE party, with The Edge’s New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday 31 December, 6pm to 12am in North Hagley Park.

The Court Jesters will start the night off with interactive fun for the whole family and a kid’s countdown at 8pm. Plus DJ Spinal will be mixing and bringing the crowd favourites throughout the evening.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a huge fireworks display, brought to you by Fireworks Professionals. There will be some of the hottest homegrown talent on-hand to rock the night away.

To check out the artists, visit www.theedge.co.nz

 


 

 

LAZY SUNDAYS
12 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY

Deep South Lazy Sundays have offered us a great way to enjoy the Garden City and this year’s line-up is no different, from 12 January to 16 February, 3:30pm to 5pm.

Put summer into your Sundays by bringing a picnic and your blanket and spending the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good food, music and friends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy what makes Christchurch so special.

Deep South Lazy Sundays venues:

Rauora Park:
Sunday 12 January

Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens:
19 Jan – 16 Feb

 


 

 

INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL
BOXING DAY – 16 FEBRUARY 

Interislander Summer Festival promises a fun-filled day out for a group of friends or the whole family. Watch the horses gallop and dash around some of New Zealand’s most spectacular racecourses, with 30 events running across the country.

Enjoy the classic Kiwi summer’s day out with plenty of action on-track and off. Racegoers will experience all day long entertainment while excitedly cheering on their favourite racehorse or relaxing in the sun with a picnic.

The day will be filled with activities galore, including the More FM Kids Go Racing Area, tug of war and sack races for the children.

Live music will create an upbeat atmosphere between races, and local food will be onsite to tease the taste buds.

To book tickets visit, www.summerfestival.nz

 


 

Culture Comforts

Culture Comforts


It’s during the silly season that the Garden City puts her best foot forward. We’ve got the low-down on all the seasonal must-dos that you should be adding to your recreational calendar over the coming weeks.

 

Culture Comforts
LIMBO PHOTO BY MIK LAVAGE

 

Christchurch’s summer events programme kicks off with a bang on December 2 as the city welcomes the iconic Multi Media Communications Santa Parade back into the central city for the first time in eight years, with more than 100,000 spectators expected to join in the free fun, excitement and entertainment at this iconic community event. Grab the picnic basket and pull up your blanket, as the Arts Centre celebrates summer with another series of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema events for the whole family. With films screening on two consecutive nights in December, January and February in the picturesque North Quadrangle, get ready to snuggle up at one of Canterbury’s most unique and beautiful locations.

The city streets never look as colourful as they do at the start of each year. From January 10 to February 3 the Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival takes over town, bringing with it a world class programme of local national and international acts. World-famous busking pitches and exceptional ticketed shows will be complemented by a banquet of delicious local food and beverage offerings to create a stand out month of spectacle. On Sunday 27 January, there will be some horsing around happening in the city, as the Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic returns to Christchurch. With more than 2500 attendees in its first year, there are hopes the second year will reach audiences of up to 5000. Tickets are on sale now at www.hagleyparkpolo.com.

 

Culture Comforts
THE SKELETON OF COLOR PHOTO COURTESTY OF BREAD AND CIRCUS WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL

Waitangi Day will go off with a bang at North Hagley Park with the UB40 concert and the much-loved Sparks in the Park fireworks event coinciding with the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets, running from February 6 to 17. Noodle lovers young and old should prepare their senses for a fusion of eastern flavours and Chinese lanterns at this ultimate Asian pop-up market experience. The end of summer marks one of Christchurch’s largest and most popular free events as the South Island Lantern Festival lights up our central city from February 22 to 24. Connecting with the Avon River, Worcester Boulevard and Cathedral Square, the event celebrates the best of Chinese culture, with music, performance, dance, food and vibrantly coloured lanterns lighting up the central city.

By Easter weekend it might just be time to head down south. Music For The People is hosting its inaugural Through The Valley Festival, Saturday 20 April 2019 at Cargo Brewery, Waitiri Creek, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown. The one-day boutique festival features a brilliant musical lineup of class Kiwi acts, headlined by the legendary Dave Dobbyn, in his only Otago show for summer 2019.