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Body Ocean | Issue 214

Body Ocean

Where sun, sea, and sound collides by Madelaine Empson

From their first gig with a 50-strong crowd at the old Fast Eddie’s to selling out TSB Arena, Breaking Beats have experienced masses of growth in the past 11 years.

“It’s been an amazing journey”, This Is Living Festival organiser Chris Keimig of Breaking Beats says. “The next step for us was always to do an outdoor festival.”

Introducing This Is Living, a new summer music festival at McEwan Park on the 9th of March featuring more than 25 artists and headlined by the best of the best.

“Breaking Beats has always been a drum and bass brand, but when we do our larger events we work hard to get an awesome line-up featuring all styles of bass music”, Keimig says, adding that festivalgoers should expect some of the biggest international artists and Aotearoa’s most-recognised acts.

On the home front, think MC TIKI, solar-powered musical activist Tiki Taane; local legendary DJ and production team The Upbeats; and of course, Breaking Beats, our leading underground events and promotion company. Jump the ditch and cross the border and you’ve got British DJ and record producer Andy C; Body Ocean [pictured], the dynamic electronic music force of Jeremy Glenn from New Zealand and Nik Roos from the Netherlands; Manchester’s D&B trailblazer Tonn Piper; and so many more.

“This will create an epic experience as you work your way between our two specially designed stages.”

On top of the jaw-dropping roster, the setting of This Is Living Festival is another boon.

“McEwan Park is nestled amongst native bush and backs onto Petone Beach. With this awesome location and our two stages and world class line-up, this will be one of the best summer festivals of 2024.”

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