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AUM NYE Festival 2017

Published: Sat 23 Sep 2017 11:28 AM
AUM NYE Festival 2017 – New Zealand’s Friendliest Festival is Back for Its Third Year – South Head, Auckland, 30 Dec 2017 – 01 Dec 2018
Auckland’s New Year’s Eve Family Camping Music & Arts Festival – www.aum.co.nz
South Head, 30 December 2017 – 01 December 2018.
Auckland’s creative community have got together to present what promises to be yet another standout fantasy-themed, three-day festival adventure. AUM is family-focused, colourful, unique, diverse, inclusive, friendly, safe, fun and affordable. Featuring an incredible selection of music, art and activities, AUM NYE FESTIVAL 2017 represents the cutting-edge in contemporary boutique festivals.
This first lineup announcement features PUSH PUSH, YOUNG KIM, DJ T., BEN RAMA, SCALPER, MIHIRANGI, SPOONHEAD, AMANDA WRIGHT, FRANKO HEKE, BOY + MORE. With a strong focus on artistry, diversity and quality, AUM has taken another step forward with their musical lineup selection for this year’s event. You can expect beautifully flowing programming on all stages with incredible music from all round Aotearoa and the world. You will be treated to more than 70 artists and a myriad of styles including live bands, psytrance, techno, house, world music, hip hop, DnB, spoken word, dub, glitch, progressive and much more. This is the alternative. This is the underground.
Just 45 minutes’ drive from Auckland City, AUM NYE FESTIVAL 2017 is held in the beautiful lush surroundings of one of the most comfortable, shaded, best-appointed festival sites in Aotearoa. AUM features three stages and multiple zones with an incredible array of music, art, performance, workshops, healing, yoga, delicious food, chill areas, artisan markets, costume parades, bush walks, freshwater lakes, active learning, luxurious camping and an unrivalled loving vibe. AUM also features mind-blowing production across all stages with stunning decor throughout, art stages, massive projection mapping, epic lasers and lighting and as always the best sound quality you can imagine.
The costume ideas are endless for this year’s theme `The Wizard of Aum’, which will be expressed throughout the festival and programming plus things most festivals charge you more for that AUM doesn’t: camping, parking (right at your campsite!), hot showers, fresh drinking water, all workshops and activities, art zone, healing and yoga. Also, they have a mixture of flushing and other comfortable toilets. No disgusting portaloos!
Aum Productions is fully New Zealand owned and operated. Whilst AUM has many international artists, their immediate focus is providing an active platform for the talented local musicians and artists from around Aotearoa. AUM is a zero-waste sustainable event and they care for the land as much as they care for their guests. AUM NYE FESTIVAL 2017 is also BYO – no queuing for drinks at this event!
“A place where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto?”
- Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
FEATURED IN THE FIRST LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
PUSH PUSH
The band released their debut album A Trillion Shades of Happy in 1992. Their first single "Trippin'" was recorded at Airforce Studios (Auckland), with the drum track done in one take. The song went to #1 in New Zealand. Now, fast-forward 25 odd years or so and the band is back performing on stage together, shooting music videos and releasing new music. Well, kind of. While the four previously unreleased tracks on their new EP are all either a quarter of a century old, or reworked songs from the same era, Push Push aren’t ruling out the possibility of releasing fresh material in the days ahead. They’ve performed with The Darkness on a three-date tour in 2017 and have several shows lined up for the upcoming summer too, so look out, Push Push are back!
YOUNG KIM
Korean-Italian Young Kim began DJing professionally in the late 90s during his university years in London, where thanks to his residencies for two of the top psytrance events (Chichime and Fairy Tales), he enjoyed a major presence during the psychedelic renaissance of London’s early noughties. Since then, for well over a decade, Young has consistently performed across the planet for the world’s most prestigious, as well as truly underground dancefloors, as Etnicanet Records’ musician, DJ, and label manager, showcasing a unique blend of Eastern charisma and Mediterranean waywardness.
DJ T.
In today’s electronic music world there are not many artists who can lay claim to a legacy like that of DJ T. (real name Thomas Koch). Born in Dusseldorf, his parents’ record collection inspired DJ T.’s love affair with the hypnotic grooves of disco during his formative years. He began an obsessive quest to collect music, feeding his soul with everything from disco and hi-nrg, through to early hip hop and electro, soul, funk and RnB. The groovy, infectious rhythms of all those genres continues to permeate into the music he makes and plays today. DJ T.’s reputation for being a master selector has been cemented by his superlative collection of music. A highly-skilled DJ, producer and an A rep with an uncanny ability to discover new talent, DJ T. is a master selector and one of the industry’s most influential figures.
SCALPER
Appearing as MC Nad, Scalper began his musical career performing in the underground hip hop crew Made In Britain (MIB). Their track ‘Break The Crunch’ took the group to number five in the Kiss 100FM (UK) underground rap charts in 1991. Later in the decade Scalper as a live vocalist in the British-based multi-ethnic hip hop world fusion music group Fun-Da-Mental. The group were well known for their heavily political attitude, strong Islamic affiliation and energetic fusion of Eastern and Western musical forms. Multiple releases and tours later, Scalper is one of the must see artists of this festival.
MIHIRANGI
Famed for being one of the world’s first international touring female loop artists, Mihirangi has inspired audiences around the globe. There isn’t much this songstress doesn’t have in her toolbox of musical magic – weaving live loops of vocals, intricate harmonies, taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments), guitar, keyboards, world percussion with beatboxing, drums and earth-shaking basslines. A born entertainer and an artist-activist, Mihirangi’s essential ingredients are her naturalness, her infectious laughter and the ease with which she shares her authenticity.
FRANKO HEKE
Franko Heke is on a mission to raise consciousness through his music and workshops. Drawing on ancient mantra in combination with his own cultural roots, Franko’s devotional sessions are bound to coax your own divine voice into the open with his distinct fresh sounds for today. With years of touring rock music under his belt, Franko’s compass has drawn him north towards a movement, which brings people together, celebrating our unique gifts, our connection to one another and to mother earth. "It is time that we bridge the division between artist and audience to become one".
OTHER ARTISTS PERFORMING
Abby Smith, A.D. Geist, Akasha, Bing, Brave The World, Cymtics, Dank, DiCE, DJ Belleville, DJ Frogmman, DJ Kimba Jade, EnemyMC, Ferksta, Halo, Herman Saiz, Hi Supreme Vibes, Jeevan, Logan Baker, Mickey Velvet, Milky, Miss Mixtape, Munter, Nila, Pieter Borgh, Protocol, Rachael Sabin, Terra Nine, The Aidan Kelly Project, The Drunken Apaches + many more still to be announced
Please visit new website for further details and tickets to this very special event.
www.aum.co.nz

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