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Partying for a purpose: King Beats 2021, going ahead in Kingston this Saturday, will raise money for Central Lakes Family Services

By TRACEY ROXBURGH

The only thing he needed was for the Alert Level to come to the party.

King Beats organiser Brendan Mulcahy says he’s ‘‘having a nightmare’’ with the Kingston
festival, planned for this Saturday, in light of the uncertainty around Covid-19.

Last year’s event saw ‘‘a bit of bad luck’’ with a storm softening ticket sales.

While the weather held for the overnight event, a deluge arrived early the morning after and caused carnage.

‘‘The guys building the stage were stuck in Kingston for a week because roads were closed.

‘‘This year was the year to come back and everything was looking amazing … until [Sunday].’’

Now in its fifth year, the event’s raised close to $40,000 for a variety of charities including the Wakatipu Youth Trust, Happiness House, Athol’s volunteer fire brigade and Garston Primary School.

‘‘It started as a little party of just my friends and now it’s getting pretty big and well known.

‘‘We can party to help others.’’

This year’s selected charity’s Central Lakes Family Services — Mulcahy hopes money raised  can go towards supporting families suffering due to the impacts of Covid-19.

Each year the festival’s grown — this year there’ll be two stages set up, one main stage and a separate area for DJs.

On the main stage, Auckland-based band Racing and DJ Dick Johnson are planning to perform, along with Christchurch’s Dolphin Friendly and a host of local bands, including up-and-comers Trainsurfers, based in Arrowtown, and all-female group No Man’s Land, which made the top-20 of last year’s Smokefreerockquest representing Wakatipu High School.

‘‘It’s giving these young kids an opportunity to play at a festival.

‘‘It would be huge for them to be playing in front of a big crowd and just give them a push to dedicate their life to music.’’

Eight DJs are set to perform on the second stage, including BPM, Jang, Joey Mac, Phatkat, and Ribera.

Additionally, Mulcahy says there’ll be a mindfulness area, meditation and yoga, while the
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s erected a jump next to the main stage, and will bring its
airbag down to show off their tricks.

A bouncy castle for kids will be on site, along with food stalls.

Mulcahy says there’ll be two separate camping areas, one for party animals and a quieter  spot for families.

Gates will open to the site, on State Highway 6, opposite the Kingston campground, at 11am, with entertainment starting at 12.30pm — the main stage action will carry on till about 2.30am and the DJ stage will keep going till 4am.

General admission’s $95 — tickets for the BYO, glass-free festival are available from  events.humanitix.com/king-beats-festival

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz