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Mudtopia: The dirtiest music festival in New Zealand

Mud has always been an unfortunate side effect of music festivals, but at the upcoming Mudtopia music festival in New Zealand’s Rotorua, it will become one of the star attractions – and we couldn’t be more excited!

We’ve long dreamed of visiting the famous Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea, but now we don’t have to make the trek. A partnership between Rotorua and Boryeong, Mudtopia Festival will descend on the city for three days of music, mud, pampering and relaxation.

The newly announced ‘Mud Stage’ first release line up spans multiple genres and generations, and includes names such as Hollie Smith, Shapeshifter, Jason Kerrison, Melowdownz, Hamish Crocker, and Anika Moa, with more artists to be announced.

Festival director Simon Brady says the Mud Stage schedule sums up the unique opportunity for Mudtopia visitors to customise their festival experience.

“Whether massive bangers from Shapeshifter gets you going, or chilling on the lawn in the sun enjoying Hollie Smith is more up your alley, you can mix and match your own live playlist over three jam-packed days at the Mud Stage.”

As well as the epic music on offer, Mud Pass ticket holders can get down and dirty in the Mud Arena, take on mates in the Mud Games zone, challenge personal endurance levels on the Mud Run, unwind with wellness experiences in the Mud Day Spa and relax with great food and licensed areas.

Eager festival fans will be rewarded with discounted pre-sale tickets simply by visiting and registering before 11.00pm Monday 17 July. Access to pre-sale tickets is strictly limited to a 48-hour window (9.00am Tuesday 18 July – 8.59am Thursday 20 July) before general public first release tickets go on sale at 9.00am Thursday 20 June.

Access to the Saturday night concert is available only with a Mud Pass + Concert ticket.

Mudtopia will be held at Rotorua Racecourse 1-3 December 2017.

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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