29 Dec 2008

Music festival opens

9:30 pm on 29 December 2008

The gates to one of New Zealand's largest music festivals opened on Monday.

About 20,000 people a day are expected to attend Rhythm & Vines at the Waiohika winery in Gisborne over the next three days, ending with a concert on New Year's Eve.

The festival is now into its sixth year. From humble beginnings in 2003, Rhythm & Vines has rapidly grown.

International acts Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks and Public Enemy are featured this year.

Founder Hamish Pinkham says it is a credit to the festival that it can now attract such good local and international groups.

Mr Pinkham says 1000 people, including 250 security personnel, are working during the event. He says despite the numbers, the festival has always been without trouble.