We are super excited for the new kid on the festival block – McLaren Valley Music & Arts Festival. They’ve just made their first line up announcement and by the looks of things it’s gonna be a goodie!

Prominent UK electronic duo Disclosure and iconic psychedelic band The Flaming Lips, will headline New Zealand’s first McLaren Valley Festival in January 2016. Also featuring on the bill is Sydney’s hottest EDM DJ Alison Wonderland, and revered Philadelphian rock troubadour Kurt Vile.

The McLaren Valley Music & Arts Festival will take place at the picturesque McLaren Falls Park, Bay of Plenty from 10-12 January 2016. The lake and bush setting nestled below the Kaimai Ranges – and only 20 minutes’ drive from Tauranga – features rolling hills, glow worm caves and forests, and an onsite camping experience amongst the wilderness.

The first 20 artists for the festival have been announced and McLaren Valley Music & Arts Festival director Paxton Talbot promises many more to come.

Markets, a wellness programme and themed camping will create a festival that Talbot promises will bring “a taste of Glastonbury and Coachella to the Pacific”.

McLaren Valley Festival director Paxton Talbot says more acts will be announced in the coming months as the line-up grows to present a festival ‘unique and special to New Zealand’.

“We’ve picked these artists with excellence in mind. Bands and performers who, no matter their genre, will be able to speak to any member of the audience on some level, just due to their sheer calibre.”

Talbot, who has extensive experience working in director roles for music festivals in New Zealand and Europe, said the Festival is an all ages event and will feature different offerings for the varied audience including: family camping options, glamping at a stunning lakeside site, other camping in clearings around the site, and options close to the music stages for those who want to be close to the action.

Tickets for McLaren Valley Music & Arts Festival are on sale from Monday 24 August through Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz or directly through www.mvf.co.nz
Three-day passes, camping tickets as well as youth and family options will be available.

The Lineup: 

Alison Wonderland (Australia)
Arthur Ahbez (NZ)
Avalanche City (NZ)
The Chills (NZ)
C.W Stoneking (Australia)
The Datsuns (NZ)
David Dallas & The Daylight Robbery (NZ)
Disclosure (UK)
The Eastern (NZ)
Fazerdaze (NZ)
The Flaming Lips (USA)
Jordan Léser (Australia)
Kurt Vile & The Violators (USA)
Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (NZ)
The Phoenix Foundation (NZ)
P-Money (NZ)
The Preatures (Australia)
Racing (NZ)
Tiny Ruins (NZ)
Young Fathers (UK)