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By Stephen Heard
July 23, 2015
By Stephen Heard
July 23, 2015

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Electronica-focussed music festival Northern Bass has announced the first instalment of artists to grace the stage at this year's event. After reaching its full capacity in 2014, the festival will expand to become a three-day event in popular holiday spot Mangawhai.

Local party starters Shapeshifter are scheduled to come out of the shadows for their yearly New Year performance. The group have been knuckling down in the studio as of late, working with fellow electronic maestro Opiuo.

Prolific grime rapper Skepta will make his way down from London for the festival. It's been a busy 12 months for the songwriter, who ticked off collaborations with A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies and Kanye West, and was named one of the 50 best dressed British men of the year.

Further international and local acts include:

UK electronic crossover act Foreign Beggars, North Carolina music producer Machinedrum, Brazilian drum and bass DJ Marky, British drum and bass DJ Danny Byrd and Chali 2na, who will perform both solo and a set alongside his hip hop collective Jurassic 5. If that’s not enough, there’s also Swindle, A-Sides, Skeptikal, Dub Phizix and Strategy, and local acts: Ladi6, Malaa, Homebrew, State Of Mind with MC Woody, Dylan C, K Lab, DLR, Bailey Wiley, Midnight Gallery, Tali, Diaz Grimm, 48 Sonic, Totems and Randa.

A second line-up announcement is still to come. Organisers have also announced a series of initiatives with a focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. The event will work with GreenShot Pacific to combat the impact of waste, abandoned camping equipment and non-recyclable products, and to encourage recycling and choosing reusable products.

Northern Bass will take place from December 29 - 31 at Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai.

See the festival's website for more info.

Published on July 23, 2015 by Stephen Heard


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