First acts announced for NORTHERN BASS 19/20
The first lineup announcement for Northern Bass is here!
Festival Director Gareth Popham says “Northern Bass is an amazing New Year experience for music fans, combining an incredible location with the best music line-up possible. We’ve come a long way since the first Northern Bass in 2011, with a really loyal base of supporters who come back every year with their mates. Even before today’s first line-up announcement, Northern Bass 19/20 is our fastest selling festival yet. We’re really excited to announce some big names and emerging acts today, and can’t wait to share the rest of the line-up in the next couple of months.”
There’ll be over dozen food outlets catering to all tastes from our friends Burgerfuel, Fatimas and Hell Pizza as well as boutique vendors.
To start it off, electro-grime lords Foreign Beggars will make their way to Northern Bass one last time, after announcing that they’ll part ways following the release of their final album later this year. US rapper Freddie Gibbs makes his Northern Bass debut fresh from the release of Bandana, his latest critically acclaimed collaboration with Madlib.
It wouldn’t be Northern Bass without local legends taking the stage and we cannot wait to welcome back Fat Freddy’s Drop with their full-energy, full-noise set. Breakout Kiwi bass producer QUIX is going to take time out from his relentless international touring schedule for a headline set at the festival.
For the drum & bass fans they’ve got no less than four international hard hitters to whet your appetite – Austrian superstars Camo & Krooked are set to make their festival debut, Dutch Northern Bass faves Noisia head back down under with brand new music, producer Friction will swap the Brighton seaside for the New Zealand summer, and UK production icon Shy FX will team up with Stamina MC for what will be an unforgettable set.
Next up is one of the biggest names out of Manchester right now – the queen of urban jazz/trap IAMDDB, who is going to bring her spiky, elastic flow to New Zealand for the first time. There’s also London grime MC D Double E, the always brilliant Chali 2na with Krafty Kuts and Mungos HiFI with Eva Lazarus are set to bring their reggae vibes all the way from Glasgow.
The international electronic acts include not one but two of London’s most in-demand D&B producers Benny L and Break, alongside Amsterdam’s Lenzman and English duo Ulterior Motive. We can’t wait to welcome Bristol’s dubstep DJ Pinch, UK producer, MC and DJ Coki and Andy C protégées DC Breaks. The return of outstanding West Coast producer TOKiMONSTA will be music to the ears of her many fans.
Northern Bass is proud to have many of our Kiwi faves taking the stage at Northern Base this summer – the brilliant Ladi6 and Berlin-based RnB wonder Noah Slee, plus local hip hop stars JessB and Melodownz and emerging talents – Silver Scroll long-listed Chaii and newcomer Vayne.
Rounding out the first line-up drop are Montell2099, who has been honing his trap game all over America this year, Opiuo who’ll be heading home from Melbourne, State of Mind representing the best of local drum and bass, plus Dan Aux, Dylan C, Ben Soundscape and Collette Warren, Emma G & Tali, Chiccoreli, J’Dubs and Rhyas.
One, two and three day festival tickets, camping, caravan and Bass Hotel passes and bus passes are available now from northernbass.co.nz.
Northern Bass 19/20 | 29 December – 1 January | Mangawhai
CAMO & KROOKED * FAT FREDDY’S DROP * FOREIGN BEGGARS
FRICTION * NOISIA (DJ SET) * QUIX * SHY FX AND MC STAMINA
BENNY L * BREAK * CHALI 2NA & KRAFTY KUTS * COKI
DC BREAKS * D DOUBLE E * FREDDIE GIBBS * IAMDDB
JESSB * LADI6 * LENZMAN * MELODOWNZ * MONTELL2099
MUNGOS HIFI WITH EVA LAZARUS * NOAH SLEE * OPIUO * PINCH
STATE OF MIND * TOKIMONSTA * ULTERIOR MOTIVE
BEN SOUNDSCAPE & COLLETTE WARREN * CHAII
CHICCORELI * DAN AUX * DYLAN C * EMMA G & TALI * FLOWIDUS
HAAN808 * J’DUBS * RHYAS * VAYNE
PLUS MANY MORE TO COME
About Northern Bass
For eight years, Northern Bass has brought together music lovers and music makers for three days of New Year celebrations in the rural setting of Mangawhai, just an hour north of Auckland, and the 2019/2020 event promises to be no different with tickets selling at record rates.
Northern Bass is about music, with three stages packed with performances from our favourite legendary and emerging acts from New Zealand and around the world, but it’s not only about what’s on the three stages. There’s an onsite campground, and even an on-site Bass Hotel for those keen to fully immerse themselves in the festival experience, but there are also many baches and campsites in the Mangawhai and Kaiwaka area. If you are camping onsite, you will need to purchase a Camping pass. If you are not staying onsite you can get to and from Northern Bass using our dedicated bus service running from Auckland, Whangarei, Mangawhai, Mangawhai heads, Matakana, Waipu, Ruakaka, Warkworth, Wellsford, Uretiti and Langs beach.
The festival is set up to make sure that you can get everything you need on site from a camp store to over a dozen food outlets, multiple bars, hot showers, a re-designed toilet area and a band of green team volunteers keeping an eye on waste, composting and the love your team initiative.
With a purposefully relaxed and accepting vibe, Northern Bass is about bringing in the New Year with your friends, to the best possible soundtrack.
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