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Major big hitters join the Bay Dreams 2018 lineup

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Major big hitters join the Bay Dreams 2018 lineup

Bay Dreams have yet again upped the ante, booking an array of the hottest talents from all corners of the globe as they return to Mt Maunganui next year.

Update: Tickets for Bay Dreams 2018 have sold out, with the festival's third line-up announcement still to be made.

Stay tuned for the upcoming third and final announcement, which has some exciting surprises in store for lucky punters who have secured their tickets to the sold-out festival.

Following on from last year's sold-out event, this summer festival is now in its third year and will once again be held at Baypark where punters can expect a new layout, focus on more space and comfort.

There will be a pre-party on January 1st to serve as a warm-up teaser to the main event and has become an integral part of the Bay Dreams festival and a stellar line-up of acts from around the globe will open the festivity.

Topping the list is US rapper and MC Danny Brown who has been at the forefront of the hip-hop experimentation movement since his 2011 breakthrough album 'XXX'. Also on the bill is British singer-songwriter Nao who's been riding high since her 2016's debut album 'For All We Know'.

Some of Aotearoa's finest talent completes the pre-party line-up including The Black Seeds, who have just released their new record 'Fabric', Dunedin's very own Summer Thieves with their distinct blend of reggae and festival favourites State of Mind and ManaLion who are guaranteed to impress the crowd all throughout their performances.

A new feature of the Bay Dreams experience will be Dream City, which provides camping and its own exciting line-up of entertainment.

Spearheading the lineup is French DJ and producer extraordinaire DJ Snake, whose collabs with the likes of Major Lazer ('Lean On') and Justin Bieber ('Let Me Love You') have made him one of the most sought-after names in the business.

Aussie drum and bass heavyweights Pendulum, who have long been favourites on the festival circuit, also make up the star-studded line-up as do Californian indie-popsters Foster The People, who have just released their new album 'Sacred Hearts Club'. Also included on the 'must-see' list is Brooklyn hip-hop collective Flatbush Zombies whose biggest hits include 'Still Palm Tree' and 'Bounce'. Other international big hitters include Ocean Alley, $uicideboy$ p;and Opiuo.

The festival will also be graced by the most exciting names in Kiwi music right now, including dynamic duo and one of NZ's most exhilarating live acts Sachi. Drum'n'bass legends Concord Dawn also wave the flag for local talent at next year's festival, alongside one of the newest names shaking up the music scene, electro-pop princess Theia.

As next year's feast promises to be bigger and better, an equally exciting second lineup was revealed last week.

Joining the stellar lineup is US rapper Machine Gun Kelly, whose 2016 collab with Camila Cabello's 'Bad Things' shot into the Billboard Hot 100 chart and paved the way for this year's critically acclaimed album 'Bloom'. Also joining the group is one of NZ's finest live acts The Upbeats, known for their 'anything goes' explosive, unique and energetic shows.

British electronic-duo Maribou State will be playing a DJ set whilst Shelton Woolright's new project Deadbeat will be bringing a sonic and visual feast. Written By Wolves, Trei, Flowidus, Spectrum and Jason Davis are also a must-see.

List of acts in Bay Dreams 2018:
- $uicideBoy$
- A.Skillz
- Bailey Wiley
- Classixx
- Concord Dawn
- Cynatific
- Deadbeat
- DJ Snake
- Eptic
- Flatbush Zombies
- Flowidus
- Foster The People
- Homebrew
- Hybrid Minds
- Jason Davis
- Koven
- Krafty Kuts & Chali 2na
- Machine Gun Kelly
- Maribou State
- Matrix & Futurebound
- Nyxen
- Ocean Alley
- Opiuo
- P-Money
- Pendulum (DJ set)
- Sachi
- Skism
- Sons of Zion
- Spectrum
- Swindail
- T1R
- Theia
- The Upbeats
- Trei
- Truth
- TwentyTwo
- Willaris.K
- Written By Wolves

A third line-up announcement is also on its way, with more major artists and bands still to be added to the bill.

Bay Dreams 2018 is definitely the summer music festival you just can't miss.