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Two Weeks 'til Tuki

31 January 2018

It’s less than two weeks until the first outing for TUKI, the rebranded relaunch of Wanaka’s legendary Rippon festival, which first hit our shores 20 years ago (www.tukifestival.nz).

Presented by Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc, TUKI will take place up the road from Rippon at a new Glendhu Bay location. There will be two stages, a range of Central Otago wines, craft beers and locally-sourced eats, as well as a cool shady forest full of cool shady activities.

US-based act Unknown Mortal Orchestra will perform alongside Marlon Williams, Aaradhna, The Phoenix
Foundation, Maala and Mel Parsons, as well as a list of names that will be familiar to Wanaka residents: Arma Del Amor, Connor Moore and Phoebe James.

For Rippon veteran Martine Harding, the singer with electro-soul duo Arma Del Amor, it’s a dream gig. “Nothing beats playing to our home crowd. We’re so excited to play the TUKI stage,” she said. Dubbed “Wanaka’s Festival”, TUKI aims to connect the community on one glorious day by the lake. Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc is a non-profit society that has donated more than $118,000 towards supporting music, youth and the environment in the region and throughout Oceania.

Nothing beats a good time for a good cause.