UK DJ and producer Jamie xx, Canada’s indie-slacker maestro Mac DeMarco, and Sweden’s EDM/hip-hop renegade Elliphant join headliners Disclosure and The Flaming Lips for the inaugural Echo Festival in Auckland in January 2016
Echo Festival takes place at a revamped, festival format Vector Arena and its surrounds on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 January and replaces McLaren Valley Music and Arts Festival which was scheduled to take place at McLaren Falls Park, Bay of Plenty.
Also joining the line-up, from Australia are experimental art-rocker Kirin J. Callinan, jangling indie-pop five-piece Borneo, and pianist Neddwellyn Jones, as well as a cross-section of New Zealand acts across multiple genres, including sludge-metallers Beastwars, indie punks Die! Die! Die! Lyttelton songstress Aldous Harding, along with Dictaphone Blues, Mel Parsons, Maala, Anthonie Tonnon, Tom Lark, New Gum Sarn, Voom, Margaret, and Race Banyon.
The new acts announced join an already staggering line-up of talent with headliners Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, plus Sydney’s hottest EDM DJ Alison Wonderland, Philadelphia’s rock troubadour Kurt Vile & The Violators, Scottish psychedelic hip-hop electro boy band Young Fathers, and Australian artists C.W. Stoneking, The Preatures and Jordan Léser
The New Zealand line-up already announced includes David Dallas & the Daylight Robbery, The Datsuns, Avalanche City, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Tiny Ruins, Racing, The Eastern, Fazerdaze, Arthur Ahbez, and iconic Dunedin pop band The Chills.
Festival director Paxton Talbot says: ‘Echo Festival for now must leave the green fields for an urban sabbatical, and follow many great festivals into the inner city. Echo will be a musical and cultural exploration with a line-up curated from the reaches of pop, rock, folk, electronica, psychedelia, blues, hip-hop, Americana, alternative and beyond.”
The festival will include markets and sumptuous street food, providing a festival experience from lunchtime until late each day. Echo Festival is a fun for all ages, family-friendly event.
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Echo Festival is an all ages event with two-day and single day ticket options as well as discount tickets for children (5-11) and youth (12-16). Tickets will be on sale on Friday 7 November and full details are available at www.echofestival.co.nz
McLaren Valley Music and Arts Festival tickets can be exchanged for Echo Festival tickets or full refunds on festival and camping tickets are available from point of purchase. All refunds must be processed by Wednesday 18 November.