Live Nation has acquired a controlling stake in Rhythm and Vines, one of New Zealand’s most popular festival brands.
Founded in 2003 by University of Otago friends Hamish Pinkham, Tom Gibson, and Andrew Witters, the three-day, year-end camping festival is set among wineries in the coastal town of Gisborne. Over the years, the team has booked such headliners as Public Enemy, Moby, LCD Soundsystem, Wiz Khalifa, Bastille and Chance the Rapper, and for its most recent edition, R&V boasted a lineup including Schoolboy Q, Mura Masa, 2manydjs, A-Trak, Baauer and Giggs.
“Over the course of 15 years, Rhythm and Vines has curated a wonderful line up of both domestic and international talent in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” said Live Nation New Zealand chairman Stuart Clumpas. “It has become a household name in New Zealand and we’re excited to be adding the festival to the Live Nation portfolio and welcoming its experienced team to the company.” Financial terms were not disclosed.