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Headliners: The Black Seeds will headline this year's King Beats

Queenstowners hoping to get in one last summer festival are spoilt for choice this weekend.

Both King Beats and Biophilia are set to return for their fourth events this year.

The Black Seeds will headline this year’s King Beats, becoming the biggest act to perform at the Kingston festival so far.

Organiser Brendan Mulcahy says just under 1000 tickets have been sold – a far cry from the 250-odd that went for the first event four years ago.

Securing The Black Seeds for the festival came about almost by chance.

Mulcahy saw a Facebook memory from nine years ago saying he’d been checking out the band.

“Now they’re playing at my own festival,” he laughs.

A key element of the festival is raising money for charities, such as the Wakatipu Youth Trust and KidsCan.

“There’s so much money in Queenstown, it’s good to give some of it back.”

As for Biophilia, this year’s festival boasts its biggest lineup yet, with more than 100 workshops, talks, and per-formances across nine spaces.

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It’s also the first year it’s had a theme: ‘Birds of a Feather Co-Create Together’.

Festival co-creator Damian Chaparro says everyone who attends Biophilia “co-creates the festival for this human family of seekers and lovers of wanderlust”.

“Everyone is invited to express themselves authentically, to share their gifts with the community, and to help create the festival vibes.”

One of the festival’s speakers, sexual empowerment coach Asti Maree, is following up her Biophilia appearance with a workshop at Sherwood on Monday, 5.30pm.

The 18+, women-only event will explore female pleasure.

King Beats takes place on Saturday, Glen Nevis Station Road, Kingston, $90. Biophilia runs from tomorrow till Sunday, Ben Lomond Station, $169 for three-day pass.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz