River Range Music Festival was born from an idea between two local Cromwell musicians who spoke of enjoying an afternoon in the sun, surrounded by mountains, having a few beers, connecting with like-minded people and listening to other local bands.
The Idea quickly gained traction to become an event that the Cromwell community can be proud of; an event that everyone can afford and one where music lovers can enjoy the best of local talent in their own backyard. With the support of local businesses, friends, family and community groups, the two musicians were able to bring their vision to Cromwell.
A relaxed atmoshpere with a busker-type feel is what makes River Range the best little fest in the south. A wide variety of musical genres feature at the festival, creating the perfect opportunity for many musicians to bring their talents to the festival and play live music in the heart of Central Otago for a welcoming audience.
The inaugural 2014 River Range Music Fest was proudly named and set in Bannockburn and hosted by the Bannockburn Hotel. Year two saw the festival move to the Cromwell Racecourse, with 360 degree views of Bendigo, Northburn, Bannockburn & the Pisa Ranges.
The festival has continued to grow in 2018 saw the fifth edition of the fesitval, which was bigger than ever, with 16 bands across two stages and some very special guests including international drum & bass act Concord Dawn, as well as Queenstown favourites Panther Claw and Invercargill dubstep band Rhythmonyx, as well as many more local bands from Otago, Southland and Canterbury. It proved that River Range again was top of the list for the best little festival experience around!
Festival goers can expect to experience other delights that add to the complete festival experience, as well as local wine, food and beers.
Fast forward to February 16th 2019 and our 6th Edition -should prove that little festivals can think big!
Looking forward to seeing you there to enjoy the experience with us!
The RR Team