Following the Rhythm Roady and the latest Rhythm & Vines news

image-33As everyone gears up for Rhythm & Vines, founder Hamish Pinkham and the Rhythm crew have been travelling the country, spreading the word about this year’s massive Rhythm agenda. Read the latest Rhythm Roady blog entry below. If you want the full lowdown of what these guys have going on, then flick to page 293 in our latest issue for the Remix Summer Festival Guide. Hamish gives us the scoop on everything Rhythm related, including the Arcadia Afterburner and the Rhythm & Vines Ultimate Pass… Yes, the Arcadia Afterburner is as insane as it sounds! Coming in hot direct from Glastonbury (yes, that Glastonbury), the Arcadia Afterburner is a unique stage installation, which will combine cutting-edge architecture and lighting with the greatest musical acts for an all-round incredible experience. The Arcadia Afterburner is taking the Rhythm stage 2.0! Click here to read more about it. If you haven’t yet got your ticket, then this is the one you should be buying. The Ultimate Pass gives you General Admission access into both Rhythm & Vines AND BW Soundshell for every night. I.e. The way to totally avoid any FOMO! Click here to nab the Ultimate Pass for the ultimate Gisborne experience. Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 12.05.16 PM

A word from Hamish… direct from the Rhythm Roady blog

It felt like getting the band back to gather as we met up again in Auckland for the final leg of the Rhythm Roady - heading deep into the mighty Waikato and BOP, to Hobbiton and Tauranga specifically. First pit stop was into A Brand jeans to get kitted out, then to iLabb for some of the latest Rhythm merch gear. The glow in the dark 'Shredder of the Rhythm' kit is set to be a winner! Then we picked up our new wheels 'Bernie' the Chevy Van in Avondale. Being an old school left-hand drive, it ran like a tank and purred with bass on the straights. With comfortable seats to lounge in the back and flash fluro branding, Bernie will be a sure fire head turner on the road this summer. Up early Friday morning and we were on the road to Matamata. We followed our nose along the road over the green to Hobbiton. Hosted by Shayne and the team it was impressive to see the world renowned movie set in all its misty glory. The vistas looking down on the village were breathtaking. We walked to the famous Party Tree and to the Green Dragon pub where we enjoyed a medieval brew overlooking the lake. On over the Kaimais to Tauranga, it was a sticky, hot summer afternoon as we met up with the boys from Please Please and enjoyed some lunch at Astro Labe. What a garden bar - surely one of the best in the county. We did some more flying and promo around the main beach, including the night markets before settling back in for a night on the town. Loads of young people pumped for summer and festival season! Lazy morning Saturday as we enjoyed Bacon and Eggs in the shadow of Mount Maunganui. Jules picked up the crate and began the challenge of the day while Louis and I watched the road. We stoppped for a bomb in the Karangahake Gorge (with some convicts on a day release) before another photo op at the L&P Bottle in Paeroa. Auckland traffic was at a standstill as we entered the city, calling down to BCC to enjoy the third installment of the Britomart Rhythm Club. Overall the Roady was an epic adventure. We got to touch parts of New Zealand we had only dreamed of, along with meeting characters from all walks of life. We got our festival collateral out there and spread the good word about the upcoming festivities.

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