SunLive – Mount Assembly for Bay Dreams with First Acts Announced
The global pandemic doesn’t stop the dreams of Aotearoa music lovers who can’t wait to party this summer with an incredible diverse lineup of live music.
Bay Dreams 2022 will host globally recognized artists Tash Sultana and Tones & I as well as a diverse lineup of popular international and local artists.
One of Australasia’s top music festivals, Bay Dreams, now in its sixth year, is back for 2022 in summer hot spots Tauranga and Nelson.
Bay Dreams will be held at Trustpower Baypark at The Mount on January 3 and Trafalgar Park in Nelson on January 5.
Festival organizer Mitch Lowe of Audiology said they expected 25,000 people at the Mount site and 20,000 in Nelson. A festival known for its rapid sales to thousands of fans across the country, avid festival-goers can register for tickets now at baydreams.co.nz. Tickets go on sale at 7 p.m. on July 22.
The highly anticipated announcement of the first lineup landed today, revealing a diverse mix of local and international stars ready to hit the various stages.
Two world stars, Tash Sultana and Tones and I, are headlining.
Australian star Tash Sultana heads to The Mount.
Other big names in the 2022 lineup include Chase & Status, Netsky, ONEFOUR, Masked Wolf and Hybrid Minds Presents Outline (with Charlotte Haining and Tempza).
Mitch Lowe of Audiology says there will be another lineup announcement around September or October with even more artists.
“We are very proud to have such a diverse lineup of artists for Bay Dreams 2022,” said Mitch.
“We’re big fans of Tash and Tones, so having them at the helm of shows is a privilege. We also managed to stack our electronic range. It’s great to bring Chase & Status back to our shores for the first time in three years, along with crowd favorites Hybrid Minds and Netsky back after headlines earlier this year.
Mitch says the team is excited to be able to deliver international acts despite Covid-19 restrictions.
“All international artists outside of Australia are to be quarantined for two weeks, so it’s always a challenge to book the top acts – but we’re proud to do it again for 2022.
“It has been a challenging year to say the least, and we are delighted to celebrate with New Zealand this summer.”
Tash Sultana says they can’t wait to return to the festival for the second time with over a billion streams under their belt and a new album Terra Firma, which debuted at number one when released this year. The album contains the single ‘Pretty Lady’, which has already gone gold.
“I’m finally going back to my second home across the sea,” Tash says.
“I’ve been on stage in New Zealand for almost two years and this time I’ll be back with a brand new show at Bay Dreams. I can’t wait to show you what I have planned for all of you.
Tash Sultana, a fluid genre multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, started from humble beginnings on the streets of Melbourne until a sold-out world tour in 2017 and her award-winning debut album. ARIA, Flow State.
Another Australian star, Tones and I, joins Tash at the festival. Like Tash, Tones also started performing on the streets in Byron Bay before becoming a worldwide sensation with his hit Dance Monkey.
In a fairytale success story, the single, released in 2019, reached number one in 30 countries and went platinum 14 times. The song also broke the Australian record for most weeks, 24, at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart by any artist. It’s the Most Shazamed single of all time and the most listened to song ever by a female artist on Spotify.
Tones and I will be playing at the festival.
Last week Tones and I released their debut album Welcome to the Madhouse. Showcasing her diverse voice and impressive range of songwriting art, the album is already receiving rave reviews and a lot of love from critics and fans alike.
Tones & I, who are due to tour North America in 2022, are excited to start the year at Bay Dreams, which was their first-ever international music festival.
“Kia ora New Zealand,” she says.
“I’m screwed to come back!” I can’t wait to see you all at Bay Dreams! Bay Dreams was my first festival abroad and it will be my second too! I love you all, see you soon legends.
The rest of the Bay Dreams 2022 range will delight a wide range of music lovers. The festival has a distinctly drum and bass flavor this year, with Belgian talent Netsky set to electrify audiences with his viral tunes and instrumental layering.
Returning for the first time in three years, the electronic duo Chase & Status from the United Kingdom, consisting of Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status). They return to the Drum & Bass scene with their famous DJ set alongside longtime MC Rage.
Hybrid Minds continues the vibes of drums and bass, bringing their Outline show live to New Zealand for the very first time, with singer Charlotte Haining and MC Tempza on stage.
Another notable group at the festival is Sydney-based drill rap group ONEFOUR, which is considered to be the pioneers of drill rap in Australia. Bay Dreams 2022 will be their first major New Zealand performance.
Masked Wolf, who is burning the charts and streams right now, joins hip-hop groups. Masked Wolf will make his New Zealand debut after breaking records with “Astronaut In The Ocean,” the fastest growing hip-hop record of 2021.
Holy Goof, Rene LaVice, VOE and Party Thieves will bring international bass, house and party elements to the infamous “Bass Stages”.
Other internationals include Australian singer, songwriter Jack River and trap queen Tori Levett.
Local lineup includes Blindspott, a revered multi-platinum rock band, which will make their first appearance on Bay Dreams in 2022.
Tom Scott’s Avantdale Bowling Club features local hip-hop jazz talent, joined by kiwi rap duo Church & AP and Lilbubblegum, the New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based rapper who is exploding onto the American scene.
Other must-see local artists include the ever popular Sons of Zion, Lance Savali, Muroki, KÉDU CARLÖ, Masaya, Poetik, Waja B2B Bloom, Brydie Tong, Jess Rhodes, Kaylee Bell, Ponz, Nakita and Who Shot Scott.