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First music festival: Hidden Lakes Festival launches in Christchurch


A line-up including Wilkson and Skream will entertain an estimated 7000 party-goers in North Hagley Park on Tuesday when the inaugural Hidden Lakes Festival is held.

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A line-up including Wilkson and Skream will entertain an estimated 7000 party-goers in North Hagley Park on Tuesday when the inaugural Hidden Lakes Festival is held.

The first music festival of summer, the inaugural Hidden Lakes Festival, launches in Christchurch’s Hagley Park on Tuesday.

Organisers expect 7000 party-goers to pogo in the park.

Hidden Lakes Festival is the South Island “sister festival” to Hidden Valley, held in Matakana near Auckland, which is now in its sixth year.

Held over two stages from 12pm to 10pm on Tuesday, the line-up features Wilkinson, Friction MC Linguistics, Kanine, Skream, Prospa, Ribera, Hybrid Minds, Tokyo Prose, Mollie Collins, Dick Johnson, RDU Takeover and more.

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The event is staged by George FM, Red Rum Touring, Hidden Valley Festival and Cream co-directors Sam Smith and Mitch Ryder.

The South Island is under an Orange setting in the Covid-19 traffic light system and the insurance scheme that the Government provided for the event industry has offered more certainty for summer events.

People were now “eager to celebrate, Ryder said, and despite “all odds against us with Covid-19” they were pleased the festival would go ahead.

It has been an incredibly tough year for the entertainment industry, from performers to lighting technicians, roadies and other essential staff for whom summer is typically their busiest time of the year.

“More than 180 staff and contractors are working on the day of the festival,” Ryder said.

“As a Christchurch-based events company it has been great working alongside exclusively local contractors and suppliers who, like us, have been heavily affected by Covid-19.”

Stuff readers expressed their annoyance that overseas DJs had gained managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) spots earlier this month.

But Hidden Valley director Reuben Rivers-Smith said he and the organisers of the Northern Bass, Rhythm & Vines/Rhythm & Alps, and Gold Rush festivals had worked together to make sure they secured the spots out of the thousands released each month.

“We got no special favours from MIQ, I tell you that,” he said.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard yards to get to this point. We did what everyone else did and sat in the lobby and waited for rooms.”

Hidden Lakes Festival will be held over two stages and 10 hours.

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Hidden Lakes Festival will be held over two stages and 10 hours.

The Global Crowd Management Alliance (GCMA) recently launched to address gaps in event knowledge following Covid-19.

A non-profit organisation, it aims to promote reasonable crowd management and crowd safety practices worldwide, leading to a globally recognised body of knowledge for professional crowd managers.

The New Zealand founding board representative is Christchurch-based Cary Caldwell, who has worked on major events around the world for a number of years.

He said that a number of experienced people with “decades of knowledge” had left the industry and retrained in different fields because of the hardships Covid-19 restrictions had placed on it.

“The idea is that the GCMA would help address these issues and be a one-stop place for people looking to increase their knowledge to ensure events are safe,” Caldwell said.

Limited tickets are still available for Hidden Lakes from Eventbrite, while more information for ticket-holders is on the event’s Facebook page. The festival will also be livestreamed.



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