3 Nov 2015

Great New Zealand Concerts - Nambassa

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:22 pm on 3 November 2015

The great New Zealand concert takes a different shape this week, instead of just one, we reflect on a series of festivals from the late 70s and early 80s.

Known as Nambassa, the festival ran over a number of days in 1978, 1979 and 1981, in and around Waihi.

Its focus was on peace, love and harmony and has been described as New Zealand's Woodstock.

It attracted a range of local and international musical acts.

It all seemed like peace and love, but it wasn't. In 1981 the show was plagued by bad weather and people being swept downstream after a bridge collapsed. It was also scheduled on the same day as that year's Sweetwaters festival.

Nambassa founder Peter Terry went bankrupt after the 1981 festival fell flat.

Musicians, thinkers, filmmakers and talk to Jesse Muligan about Nambassa and its legacy.