Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017
Celebrating Rotorua’s distinctive geothermal and volcanic environment, the three-day inaugural festival (1 – 3 December) is shaping up as a deeply immersive experience mixing iconic New Zealand music acts and a slippery slather of mud-related activities for everything from restorative to high-energy pursuits.
Mudtopia will stage a take-over on Rotorua’s usually green race course with tonnes of the local brown stuff shipped into the mud arena and zones dedicated to games, spa and wellness.
The event organisers are promising a ‘party, pamper, play’ atmosphere with music from some of the biggest names in the Kiwi music scene, including drum-n-bass legends Shapeshifter, who will headline Saturday night’s R18 concert.
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.
The ‘Mud Stage’ first release line up just announced spans genres and generations with iconic artists Hollie Smith, Jason Kerrison and Anika Moa also signed up for daytime performances. More bands and DJ’s will be announced over the next few months.
Modelled on the original Boryeong mud festival in South Korea – which attracts more than three million visitors annually – Rotorua’s event has been inspired by the city’s 150-year history of using mud as a therapy and treatment.
Rotorua mud is very high in minerals due to its contact with the volcanic gases and minerals from the earth’s centre. When warmed, it also stores heat easily which makes it ideal for heat treatments.
Organisers are expecting to cater for up to 10,000 visitors at the inaugural event. Over time, Mudtopia is forecast to attract a significant number of local and international attendees, which will generate strong economic returns for both Rotorua and New Zealand.
General public first release tickets are available since Thursday, 20 June.Access to the Saturday night concert is available only with a Mud Pass + Concert ticket.
Source:- Tourism Ireland
Tags: Tourism New Zealand