Music festivals have a long and chequered history in New Zealand. The first large outdoor rock music festival was The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in 1973. The largest was the 1979 Nambassa festival, one of several Nambassa festivals held around that time, in Golden Valley, just north of Waihi. “There are regular jazz, folk, ethnic and country music awards and festivals, some of which have been in existence for decades. Large music festivals, for example Sweetwaters Music Festivals, Nambassa and The Big Day Out have been staged periodically since the 1970s”, says Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand.[1] Parachute Music Festival is a Christian music festival held in New Zealand. It is one of New Zealands largest music festivals and it is the Southern Hemispheres largest Christian music festival. On March 27, 2014 Parachute Music released a statement on its facebook and its website announcing that Parachute Music Festival would no longer be running. Contents [hide] 1 Largest 2 Major festivals 3 Memorable events 4 Books 5 References 6 External links Largest[edit] Nambassa 1979 was the largest music event in New Zealand. “Nearly 60,000 came, making it, per capita, the world’s largest festival of its type.” “Nambassa will be remembered for many things. It was the largest campsite, the biggest and brightest party, and the best attended and most successful musical and cultural event ever in New Zealand.” Major festivals[edit] Parihaka International Peace Festival. The farmland close to the Parihaka Marae is turned into an international festival each year with music and markets. January 2007 saw 7000 visitors with Dave Dobbyn headlining the main stage. There were two smaller stages and a speakers forum that were all well attended. Wood and rock carvers worked on their pieces throughout the 3 day festival. 1973, 3 days, 6–8 January, The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival – Farm at Ngaruawahia, 19 kilometres north-west of Hamilton, on the Waikato River. Redwood music festivals – Farm/orchard at Redwood Park, West Auckland. Waikino music festival 1976 – Farm at Waitawheta near Waikino, between Waihi and Karangahake Gorge. Pre-event run by Nambassa. Hinuera Music Festival – Farm at Hinuera, near Matamata. Concert for the Deaf – Sports (rugby) stadium in Hamilton. Nambassa Music and alternatives festivals 1978, 1979, 1981 – Farm in Golden Valley, north of Waihi and Waitawheta valley near Waikino. Sweetwaters Music Festivals – Farm near Ngaruawahia; farm near Pukekawa, Mountain Rock Music Festivals – Farm near Pahiatua Strawberry Fields Music Festivals – Farm near Queenstown; farm at Te Uku near Raglan. The Gatherings – Canaan Downs, Takaka Hill, near Nelson (96/97, 97/98, 98/99, G2000) and Cobb Valley, Golden Bay, near Nelson (G1 and G2). The Moos – Check-Point Charlie 2001. Farm (sheep station) near Rimutaka Forest park. The Phat Festivals – Maitai Valley, near Nelson, and Inangahua. The 2007 event was called ‘Phat07 Bass Camp’ Big Day Out – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland Big Gay Out – Pt

Mountain Rock with Kevin Borich on stage

Nambassa 1979 aerial

Dave Dobbyn

Mountain Rock 3

Back stage pass

AAA pass for Mountain Rock hand-signed by promoter

Strawberry Fields AAA (access all areas) pass

Big Day Out access pass

Dave Dobbyn

Chevalier, Auckland Parihaka – Taranaki Rhythm & Vines – vineyard near Gisborne Parachute Music Festival – A contemporary Christian music held since 1995 and attracting around 30,000 people each year to Mystery Creek, Waikato. Camp A Low Hum – Purposefully small music festival in Wellington each year over Waitangi Weekend. 50 bands over 3 or 4 days. Soundscape (New Zealand festival) – Hamilton’s CBD. Several stages spread over Alexander St in the central city. Splore – Tapapakanga Regional Park. Ten years festival. Swampfest – Palmerston North’s Globe Theatre Toots & Grooves – Wellington’s ska festival over 2 days. G-TARanaki Guitar Festival – International guitar festival in New Plymouth, Taranaki. Brown Trout Festival – 1980, 1983, on a farm east of Dannevirke Te Wairua – January 1986-89 and Gathering 1989 and Gathering 1990 (not connected to the Canaan Downs Gatherings); New Age festivals held on a farm east of Owhango on the bank of the Whakapapa river. No mainstage, but a marquee and permanent building as HQ. Intensive, day-long Native American style sweat lodges were a feature of these festivals. Te Wairua is Māori for “The Spirit”. Zombies’ Jamboree – c1987 acoustic music festival at Muhunoa, east of Ohau, Horowhenua