New Zealand. Land of the long white cloud, half ya mates and the most talked about party of the season: Twisted Frequency.
This is a New Years festival like no other; a uniquely kiwi experience, bringing doof culture, live music and community together in a way only New Zealanders can. Come along to four days of music, art, performance and camping in the lush kiwi forest, and be prepared to stomp your little heart out!
Featuring a wide array of genres from Prog, Psy, Techno, House, Glitch, and Mid-Tempo to Hip-Hop, Dub, Psychedelic Rock, Metal and Funk, Twisted Frequency has something for anyone and everyone, a true gathering of the tribes.
Last year's event saw over 100 artists from NZ, Australia and beyond, come together under one sun, and bring in the new year with style. The addition of the live music stage to the doof format brings a welcome expansion to the scene, encouraging live jams, collaborations between artists and some squelching good times.
2014 is set to be even bigger and even better.
The smashing first line-up announcement features just a sliver of the amazing artists to be showcased at this year's event. WagaWaga, Dusty Fungus, Xsetra, Grouch, Whitebear, Tom Cosm and many more are set to take over the E-zone, while the live stage sees the talents of Soulware, The Wednesday Experiment and the Melting Faces ready to... well... melt your faces. Be prepared for A LOT of sound!
Several days of music, nature and friends aren't enough for you? Fret not. Your senses will be delighted by stunning live art and installations. Your interest will be piqued by roving circus performers, nightly fire shows and all things weird and wacky in between. Your mind and soul will be opened in the workshop space and circo arts space, with hands on symposiums, skill shares and tutorials for all levels. And your body will be nourished in the market space with organic food and drink, as well as local wares.
When talking about New Zealand and its natural places, one age old question is askd. The answer is yes, this site was featured in Lord of the Rings.
Set in a magical stomping ground amongst the clouds, Canaan Downs is one of the most formidable and well established festival sites in Aotearoa. Here lies a quartz mountain covered in ancient beech forest, and attached to one of the most famous National Parks in the country. Canaan Downs holds great historical significance to the kiwi outdoor party scene, with some of New Zealand's most well known events being held on the site. This sturdy history of music and community is set to be continued with this summer's addition of Twisted Frequency. A portion of ticket sales goes to the Canaan Downs Collective that own and manage the land. This visionary model looks to the long-term, low impact and sustainable management of the land, keeping it accessible for the wider community to enjoy. Along with this collective, the Twisted crew undertake tree plantings to aid in forest restoration and provide sanctuary for at-risk native species.
Twisted is the creation of a collective of outdoor party crews from across Aotearoa, with the intention to promote local artists. A colossal conglomerate of Kiwi Bass crews have joined forces for this event, creating the Frankenstein's monster of New Years parties. The word has spread, and has garnered increasing involvement and support from the family in the Australian scene. Originating in underground psy-stomps, this collective are looking to the future, aiming to act as a vanguard to herald larger scale electronic parties to their corner of the world.
Keen to be involved? Applications for artists, performers, market stall holders and volunteers are now open.
This is going to be the party of the year.
See ya there.
©Amanda Hutchinson - Dreamland Magazine