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Make a splash before R&V

Rhythm and Vines' pool party is an opportunity for festival-goers to get chilled and amped before hopping on the exclusive pool party bus out to R&V. Held at Emerald Hotel, the R&V pool party runs from 28-30 December and this year will include acts El Trendelino, Willy Styles, Peach Milk, and Taejin & Disco on Sax.

Now in its ninth year, the R&V pool party idea was inspired by an event in San Francisco in 2010. Nego Beto and Mara Weiss of Brazilbeat Sound System attended the event at a hotel where the rooms bordered the swimming pool area. DJs performed in the rooms and a stage was also set up by the pool for the Friday to Sunday event.

From this hatched the idea to throw a pool party in Gisborne for Rhythm & Vines, says Beto. He and Weiss sat down with organisers Hamish Pinkham and Kyle Bell and dropped some ideas. The team was up for it but the inaugural event in 2011 was strictly VIP, artists, media and friends.

'People of Paris deejayed that afternoon, and the R&V pool parties were born.

'Since then, they have become an annual event, a definitive highlight of Rhythm and Vines, frequented by artists, top models, promoters, music industry, and the lucky few who get their hands on tickets.'

Over the years, a parade of top New Zealand DJs such as JStar, Montel2099, Jupiter Project, Sweet Mix Kids, Chores, Tim Phin, Daniel Farley, Mac Mylo, Dan Aux, Jetski Safari, and crews like WEMOUVE and Breakfast Klub, have performed alongside Brazilbeat Sound System at the Emerald's poolside.

'Notable appearances include Chance the Rapper who entertained with a game of beer pong amongst his entourage, Jillionaire from Major Lazer, Denzel Curry, Netsky and Wilkinson.'

Tickets for the 2019 R&V pool parties are $40+bf and can be bought from eventbrite.

BUBBLING: A 2010 event in San Francisco inspired Brazilbeat Sound System's Nego Beto (right) and Mara Weiss to introduce the pool party to the R&V experience. Apart from organising the pool parties, Brazilbeat bring a set to Vibehouse on Friday night at 69 Peel Street where they will play new summer tracks, hip-hop and house music. Free entry, starts 10pm. Picture supplied