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Tickets can be purchased from these outlets in your town or city


Earlybird tickets: $49 plus booking fees, on sale 9am, Tuesday 29th October 2013 until they sell out.
GA tickets: $69 plus booking fees, on sale until midnight, Sunday 2nd February 2014
GA final allocation tickets: $79 plus booking fees, on sale Monday 3rd February until 12pm, Saturday 8th February 2014
Gate sales: $85 and available at the festival. Subject to availability.
To buy tickets call 08004ticket or head to Ticket Directs website here


Wanna roll VIP style? With VIP tickets you'll get the best experience we've got to offer from the moment you arrive. Only 200 VIP tickets are available, email us at or check out Ticket Direct

Check out the VIP benefits:

  • VIP car parking access – directly opposite the venue
  • Your own priority entrance and VIP lanyard pass
  • Entrance into the decked out, stylish VIP lounge, with the best elevated views of the stage
  • Your own VIP bar with a premium drinks selection
  • Luxury loos
  • 2x complimentary drink vouchers
  • Compliemtary bar snacks
  • Dinner provided
  • Opportunity to kick it with the artists


We’re offering a return bus service along the East Coast, Hawkes Bay, and around Gisborne to get you to and from the festival safely.
Check out our Facebook page for full info and pickup points. Tickets must be purchased before hand and will be very limited. Email us for bookings.



THE GREENThe Green formed on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, in 2009. The group began with six members of Hawaii’s tight-knit music scene to record a few songs and have a bit of fun along the way. Their self-titled debut album released in 2010, earned both critical and commercial acclaim, and was awarded iTunes Best Reggae Album of the Year. From their humble beginnings The Green has gone from strength to strength, and are currently one of Hawaii’s top reggae bands.

The Green have released three albums since their debut, and latest release titled Hawai’i 13 focused on identity to their culture and land – which of course resonates within the hearts of our people in Aotearoa. See The Green live as they headline East Coast Vibes.


1814Northland based 1814 is New Zealand’s premier reggae band bringing the party with their sun-drenched blend of sweet vocals, upbeat grooves and strong messages of peace, love and harmony. The family band was founded by father and sons Patu, Shaun and Jimmy Colbert, and since forming have become a favourite around NZ and especially here on the coast.

Their debut album Jah Rydem was released in 2008 and went #1 along with three top 10 singles. Since then they’ve release another two albums and regularly tour NZ and Australia.


CHE FUChe Fu is one of New Zealand's most successful male vocalists who began his music career with the legendary band Supergroove in 2005. 18 years later Che has released 4 solo albums and appeared with many of NZs best artists including, David Dallas, Nesian Mystic, Aaradhna, Boh Runga to name a few. Che is an icon for many Maori and Polynesian artists and is one of Aotearoa’s top musicians.

King Kapisi was the first Polynesian hip-hop artist to receive the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for Songwriter of the Year for his song Reverse Resistance in 1999. King Kapisi’s thought provoking lyrics and subject matter have earned him respect as Aotearoa’s pioneering conscious MC.

Che and Kapisi join forces to form the group Hedlok, and will be performing all their classics at East Coast Vibes.


SONS OF ZION We’re stoked to welcome back Sons of Zion for 2014 after an awesome performance at Vibes in Feb 2013. The Sons have had an breakthrough year in 2013, having released a tring of hit singles, the Aotearoa Reggae All-stars project, as well as their highly anticipated album Universal Love release in October.

Six years ago childhood friends Rio Panapa ,Joel Latimer, and Samuel Eriwata teamed up with Marika Hodgson, Dylan Stewart and Tawhiri Littlejohn to form Sons of Zion. Hailing from Rotorua, Whangarei and Auckland, they were unified as a band by their work ethic, open eared approach to music, and a strong collective focus on regional identity, family and community. The Sons have a unique sound blending rock/ R&B/ soul and reggae with smooth vocals and melodies.


SMASHPROOFPaint Fade marked quite a return for Smashproof after 4 years without a release together. That song reached #6 on the NZ Top 40 singles chart, and further cemented their status as one of New Zealand's greatest urban music groups. Sid Diamond, Deach and Tyree have each has huge success as solo artists, and Smashproof are NZs biggest selling urban music group with the song Brother featuring Gin Wigmore, which went double platinum and stayed in the charts for 29 weeks.


TOMORROW PEOPLEWe’re excited to welcome back to Vibes 14, crowd favourites Tomorrow People. The band consists of ‘people’ from different ethnicities and backgrounds have found common ground in their love for reggae. The bands first album 'One' was released in 2012 and was an instant success, shooting straight to #1. If thats not enough, these guys have recently won the several awards and are nominees at the 2012 NZ Music Awards, are constantly touring NZ, Australia and the pacific islands, and are about to release an EP before summer. Catch their 'sunshine reggae' at East Coast Vibes and see what all the fuss is about!


PAUABrisbane based reggae band Paua, infuse sweet harmonies, melody and deep grooves to create a unique soulful RnB/Rootz Reggae sound. They have proven on stage and in the studio their ability to produce an undeniable presence and chemistry that crosses over and reaches any audience.

This 7-piece collective is extending their message to the world, as Jay – Lead Vocals/Songwriter says “We’re out to create and share our music through a blend of spirit and drive that shines of uniqueness, quality professional musicianship and lyrics that have both meaning and inspiration”.


ANNIE CRUMMERAnnie Crummer is a NZ icon with a career spanning over two decades! Annie is well known as lead vocalist from 80’s pop group When the Cats Away and also collaborations with Herbs, Netherland Dancing Toys, Dave Dobbyn, Tim and Neil Finn and many more. ‘Language’ is to date Annie Crummer’s most successful album she has released and the numerous singles and EP’s. Annie brings a star studded band to East Coast Vibes and will be performing all her classic tunes.


BROWNHILLWellington's very own 9 piece island reggae band Brownhill is looking to establish themselves as one of NZ's premier reggae bands, aim to become internationally recognized.
Their sound is an intoxicating mix of smooth reggae tunes with a distinctive pacific vibe, the nine-piece act describe their debut album ‘Pretty Lady’ as a culmination of their own individual experiences and lessons around one central theme – love.


WHENUA PATUWAIThere hasn’t been much time for reflection by Whenua Patuwai since taking the runner-up title on X Factor. Whenua has released a single that went to No 3 in the charts then hit the road as support to Stan Walker on a massive 25-date nationwide tour. With Whenua’s family ties to the East Coast, he’s sure to be at favourite amongst locals at Vibes 14.


TROY KINGITroy Kingi is 28 year old musician hailing from Te Arawa, Nga Puhi and Te Whanau-a-Apanui descent. Raised in Rotorua, Te Kaha and Kerikeri, Troy took to music at a very young age. Having starred alongside Stan Walker in Mt Zion and accompanied him on his nationwide tour alongside Whenua Patuwai – Troy is fast becoming a ‘must have’ and that’s accredited to his rugged good looks and smooth velvety tones that are pleasing on the ear. Troy has just release a self titled EP, an like Whenua has family connections to the coast!


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For all festival info on the day, our Info Tent is located near the entrace. Check in here for lost property, check site maps and set times, and buy hats, sunnies, merchandise, glowsticks, etc.


The festival is located on Centennial Marine Drive, Midway Beach, Gisborne.


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Here’s some commonly asked questions when it comes to music festivals... 

Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: Yes, but only If they have a ticket. No ticket no entry
Q: Can I bring my gang patch?
A: Hell no. East Coast Vibes is a peaceful festival, leave all gang regallia at home.

Q: Can I bring my own booze?
A: No. We’re a fully licensed festival, absolutely no smugggling in booze.

Q: Can I leave and come back once I’m at the festival?
A: No. Sorry no passouts.

Q: How do I get there?
A: See the map above, or click here

Q: Can I bring non-alcoholic drinks?
A: No, and ALL drinks will be removed so do not bring anything. You can bring an empty water bottle and refill at the festival, and there will be non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase.

Q: Can I bring a chilly bin with food?
A: Only small chilly bins allowed, and these WILL be searched for banned items.

Q: Can I bring a tent or big sun umbrella?
A: No. We don’t have the space for these.

Q: So what else can’t I bring?
A: Anything illegal under NZ law, weapons and a bad attitude!



Gisborne is the eastern most city in NZ, so if you’re travelling from outside the region why not make the most of your trip east! Here’s a travel guide with the times it takes to drive here from the main centres

Need a map? Click here for one.


Gisborne has a number of campsites, backpackers, hotel and motel accommodation on offer, with many an easy beachfront stroll to East Coast Vibes. Check out some options here:


There’s heaps to do in Gizzy and along the East Coast. There’s a strong cultural influence through Kapahaka and Maori visual arts, with works commissioned by the council and dotted around the city. Our white sandy beaches, prestine waters and surf breaks are world famous. The East Coast is home to a thriving wine and cider industry, so having fun is important to the locals! Here’s a few activities...

  • We're the first city in the world to see the sun, so catch a sunrise, its free!
  • Visit a local winery, bewery or cidery
  • The fishing and diving is awesome along the coast, here’s some local operators
  • Hire a bike, the region is flat and pretty easy to get around
  • There’s some amazing resturants serving up local cuisine, a couple of our favourites are Ngati Porou Seafoods, The Works, Tatapouri Fishing Club and Sushi Limited.
  • Our friends at Eastland Tourism have the full scoop on Gisborne and the East Coast here



Good Karma Management reserves the right to:

  • Refuse entry to any persons deemed to be intoxicated and / or disorderly
  • Refuse entry to any unauthorised persons
  • Refuse entry to any patron who cannot provide the following ID type
  • Valid NZ drivers license
  • Valid NZ passport
  • Valid international passport
  • Current HANZ 18+ card
  • Refuse entry to any patrons who do not comply with a request to conduct a bag or personal (i.e. pat down, or metal detection scan) search
  • Refuse entry of items which have the potential to cause injury or public nuisance (ie large flags /banners, musical instruments etc).


  • Good Karma Management reserves the right to inspect / search bags of all persons who enter or exit the site, regardless of size. This may include the touching of the outside of the bag and / or seeking assistance of the bag owner to remove items from the bag.
  • Patrons who cause a disturbance, or refuse to comply with requests made by Event/ Security staff will be evicted from the site.
  • Pass outs will not be issued.
  • Alcoholic beverages cannot be taken into or from the site by patrons.
  • Patrons wishing to bring personal items into site do so at their own risk. Security will not be held responsible for any damages to, loss or theft of a patrons personal property.
  • Unauthorised soliciting and customer surveying is not permitted.
  • Patrons are not permitted to throw any objects around or within the site


The following items are not permitted into East Coast Vibes Festival:

  • Glass or cans
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Flares / Fireworks
  • Laser pointers
  • Knives or other dangerous weapons
  • Cameras with detachable lenses and camera tripods
  • Video or any recording devices
  • Confetti or shredded paper
  • Scooters, roller skates, skateboards and push bikes
  • Oversized Chilly Bins and other oversized objects
  • Patrons are not to wear or otherwise display commercial, political or other offensive signage or logos


We reserve the right to vary these terms and conditions at any time. Any variation will be effective immediately upon posting of the amended terms and conditions on the website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with the terms and conditions. By purchasing tickets you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you are familiar with the terms and conditions.
  • Refuse entry to any unauthorised persons
  • By purchasing tickets on behalf of others you acknowledge that those parties are aware of all terms and conditions relating to their tickets and their entry and attendance at the event.
  • No refunds or exchanges on any ticket, booking fee, service fee or delivery fee except where required by New Zealand Law. Therefore please ensure that you carefully review your selection before processing the purchase.
  • All prices include GST are in New Zealand Dollars (NZ$) unless otherwise stated.
  • All tickets purchased through the website are subject to a booking fee.
  • The event is strictly R18. The organiser reserves the right to refuse admission if valid identification is not provided.
  • The three forms of ID accepted are New Zealand Driver’s License, Passport or a HANZ 18+ card.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute any artist or performer and amend the event programme, including date(s), change pricing, gate times and venue capacity without notice.
  • Entry to the event is reserved and is subject to the organiser’s conditions of entry. These conditions are available in the Festival Info section of the website and will also be displayed at the entrance to the event.
  • You agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the organiser is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage however caused, to any person or property (including under contract, by negligence, statute, product liability or otherwise), whether they be direct or indirect, special, incidental or consequential, resulting from attendance at this event.
  • When you complete a purchase online, you will receive a confirmation email. This will enable you to access your tickets to print them. If you do not receive this email then it is your responsibility to contact us to inform us. If you do not inform us that you have not received confirmation, we will be unable to guarantee that your purchase was successful. This may result in you being unable to purchase tickets if the event is sold out. Ticket enquires:
  • If multiple copies of tickets are printed, only the first to be scanned will allow admission.
  • Some tickets may also be subject to a delivery fee.
  • You must comply with all security requirements of the organiser in relation to your attendance, which may include (without limitation) you and your belongings being searched on entry, and the confiscation of any prohibited items as stated (without limitation) in the Conditions of Entry.

The organiser reserves the right to refuse admission or to eject you or the ticket holder from the event, without compensation to you, in circumstances where the presenter considers it has cause. This includes (without limitation) where tickets are lost or damaged, where you engage in conduct that unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of the event by others (i.e. by fighting, being abusive or disorderly, hampering the conduct of the event or otherwise), and where you do not comply with the organiser’s terms & conditions and terms of entry.



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