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Getting those good vibrations at East Coast Vibes

The bass and drum downbeat sound of reggae drifted across the surf and Elgin when East Coast Vibes opened yesterday afternoon with eight-piece reggae fusion band Ripple Effect.

The shady VIP areas either side of the Outdoor Theatre stage were packed as festival-goers sought relief from the East Coast summer sun, but the relentless heat didn’t seem to bother a front line of people dancing in the mosh pit.

A large, energetic family group travelled from Porirua for the two-day festival while Wellington residents Sam Risati and Audrey MacDonald chilled in their camp chairs with cool drinks at hand.

“We had a good time last year so we looked at the line-up for this year and had to come again,” said Mr Risati.

Acts the couple particularly looked forward to yesterday were Ardijah, who describe their sound as “poly-fonk” — a blend of Polynesian flavours with funk and R&B — and Australian musical comedian Sammy J.

The number of festival-goers is expected to build today as the one-love ripple effect from yesterday afternoon continues.

More fine weather is forecast for this afternoon and to cap the festival tonight is Julian Marley, son of Bob.


We are family: This excited whanau of East Coast Vibes-goers travelled from Porirua to enjoy the two-day festival that began yesterday under a baking sun. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell
Hine Stewart and Ana Edwards were looking forward to the performance of Sons of Zion. “We’re an isolated community so this is an exciting event,” said Miss Edwards. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
Audrey MacDonald and Sam Risati at East Coast Vibes.