Bay lines up summer gigs

Bay Dreams is one of five gigs lined up for the bay. Photo: Sam Gardner.

The bay is all set and ready for jam-packed summer boasting some of the nation’s most iconic music festivals and events.

Kicking it all off are Kiwi favourites Katchafire and the Black Seeds, who open at Mount Park on December 30 where a crowd of over 2000 is expected.

Hot on their trail is Bay Dreams at Bay Park Stadium on January 1-2, and festival promoter Pato Alvarez says the crowds can expect an even bigger and better year this time around.

More than 40 artists from around the world have joined the line-up, including DJ Snake, Big Shaq, Machine Gun Kelly, Kehlani, Foster the People and Flatbush Zombies.

“We’ve come up with a new layout for the venue, extending its capacity to allow around 5000 more people in,” says Pato.

“Around 20,000 people attended last year, and we’re expecting about 25,000 this year.”

An extensive traffic management plan has also been put in place for the festival, with five park-and-ride stations established at spots around the city.

Final tickets are still on sale and more details about the event are available at:

Hot on the heels of Bay Dreams in Haitian/Canadian DJ, Kaytranda, who headlines Bay Park on January 4.

“His last show sold out within 24 hours of being announced at the Power Station in Auckland,” says Pato.

“He has a very loyal fan base and we’re expecting a lot of support for the event.”

This is followed by the highly-anticipated Bryan Adams gig on January 5, and to conclude a great summer is One Love, which takes place on January 27-28. Tickets are still available for both shows.

Pato says the events would not be possible without the support of his A team, alongside business partners Mitch Lowe and Toby Burrows.

Official after-parties for each event will be held at Bahama Hut and Flow Bar.