Topics: Entertainment, NZ Music

Good vibrations flow for another year at East Coast Vibes

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

Cold and rainy weather couldn't keep die-hard reggae fans away at this year's East Coast Vibes in Gisborne.  2016 had a diverse line-up of New Zealand's most popular live acts for its fourth year running.

More than 2000 came to enjoy a night listening to some of New Zealand's biggest names in the game. 

Singer Francis Kora explained, "Normally when you get here it's burning hot but we had a lot of rain and stuff here but it hasn't affected the vibe out there which is really nice.  People (are) still rocking out, heaps of gumboots which is choice to see!"

Sons of Zion member Rio Panapa says, "It's always just been a good time, good vibes, good people and it's a good time to catch up with other musos that are out there doing their thing as well."
To keep the good vibes flowing there was a temporary alcohol ban.  Organisers enforced a strict no BYO policy.

Tia Kirk from Good Karma says, "They've come here in good spirits to enjoy each other's company and to celebrate their East Coast roots."

This year there was also a familiar face among the volunteers.

Marama Fox from the Māori Party reckons, "The crack up thing here on the Coast, is that all the men try their best to sweet talk all the women, especially all those ones that want tickets to get in."

It's a festival with locals in mind that aims to keep the positive summer vibes flowing on the East Coast for years to come.