Bay Dreams Festival goes to South Island in 2019

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Bay Dreams Festival goes to South Island in 2019

One of NZ's much-awaited summer festivals, Bay Dreams, is turning up the dial, taking the magic south by launching a Bay Dreams: South Island edition for the first time next year.

Since its debut in 2016, Bay Dreams festival has gone from strength to strength, selling out the past two events. This year's feast has drawn a record-breaking crowd of 25,000 people through the gates of Mt Maunganui.

Over the past three years it's been held, Bay Dreams has earned a rock solid reputation that attracted some of the biggest names in music across the globe. Pendulum, Yelawolf, Shapeshifter, Sticky Fingers, Peking Duk, DJ Snake, Kehlani and Foster The People are just some of the hottest artists who've taken part to Bay Dreams' success. Organisers are promising yet another talent-packed line-up of both international hit-makers and much-loved local acts for 2019.

"The events will share many of the same artists, and as it grows we hope to be able to bring most of the North Island BD artists to the South Island show." - Mitch Lowe, Festival co-director

Bay Dreams Festival will be held again at Mount Maunganui's Bay Park followed by its debut celebration at Nelson's Trafalgar Park. The South Island edition will run similarly to the North Island event, with gates opening early afternoon and finishing around 10:30pm.

"We searched all over for South Island for the right place and we felt that Nelson was the ideal spot for another festival. It's already a popular summertime destination and it has one of the best climates in the country." - Pato Alvarez, Festival co-director

Festival directors say they're grateful for the support of Nelson Council. "They have been incredibly helpful in getting the event to the region and assisting us in finding a suitable venue. We are really excited about working with them to deliver a world class festival in the city."

Next year's stellar lineup and ticket updates are still to be announced, so stay tuned!