Massive music line-up for Mudtopia


15 July 2017

  • Headline act confirmed: Kiwi drum-n-bass legends Shapeshifter

  • Prominent local acts in support across three days: Hollie Smith, Jason Kerrison, Anika Moa, Aroha, IllBaz, Hamish Crocker and more

  • Three-day Mud Pass tickets on sale next week plus exclusive Rotorua locals discount

Rotorua’s Mudtopia Festival is gearing up to be a huge weekend for music fans with Kiwi legends Shapeshifter confirmed as the headline act for the Saturday night R18 concert.

The ‘Mud Stage’ first release line up announced today spans genres and generations with iconic artists Hollie Smith, Jason Kerrison and Anika Moa also signed up for daytime performances.

The three-day festival, being held 1-3 December at the Rotorua race course, promises a ‘party, pamper, play’ atmosphere with the inaugural festival attracting many of the biggest names in the Kiwi music scene.

Relaxed live music during the day from DJs Aroha, Hamish Crocker and IllBaz, join live acts Melowdownz and Jason Kerrison will then make way for thumping beats at the exclusive R18 Saturday night concert featuring drum-n-bass heroes Shapeshifter.

More bands and DJ’s will be announced over the next few months.

Festival director Simon Brady says the Mud Stage schedule sums up the unique opportunity for Mudtopia visitors to customise their festival experience.

“Whether massive bangers from Shapeshifter gets you going, or chilling on the lawn in the sun enjoying Hollie Smith is more up your alley, you can mix and match your own live playlist over three jam-packed days at the Mud Stage.”

As well as the epic music on offer, Mud Pass ticket holders can get down and dirty in the Mud Arena, take on mates in the Mud Games zone, challenge personal endurance levels on the Mud Run, unwind with wellness experiences in the Mud Day Spa and relax with great food and licensed areas.

Eager festival fans will be rewarded with discounted pre-sale tickets simply by visiting and registering before 11.00pm Monday 17 July. Access to pre-sale tickets is strictly limited to a 48-hour window (9.00am Tuesday 18 July – 8.59am Thursday 20 July) before general public first release tickets go on sale at 9.00am Thursday 20 June.

Rotorua residents receive a 20% discount on ticket prices, and can purchase their tickets from Thursday 20 July onwards. Ticket purchase location to be announced shortly. Proof of address required.

About Mudtopia Festival:

Party, pamper or play…Rotorua’s inaugural Mudtopia Festival is a three-day event held 1-3 December, where a myriad of muddy activities collide to create unforgettable experiences and more than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Inspired by one of the world’s most unusual and immersive festivals – the Boryeong Mud Festival held annually for the past 20 years in Korea – Mudtopia is set to become an iconic ‘must do’ event on the global festival calendar.

Backed by Rotorua Lakes Council and Major Events New Zealand, the 2017 Mudtopia Festival is the first of five annual iterations forecast to attract a significant number of domestic and international attendees, generating strong economic returns for both Rotorua and New Zealand.

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