Bay Dreams Pre Party 2018


After the success of our warm party on January 1st this year, we decided we’ll return with a line up that warrants us to move it outdoors for thousands more people!

Join us on January 1st and catch this incredible line up, live!

First line-up announcement…

DANNY BROWN (Exclusive NZ show)
NAO (Exclusive north island show)


Bay Dreams announces massive line-up for pre-party
Including an exclusive NZ set by Danny Brown, UK’s Queen of wonky funk NAO, The Black Seeds, and many more.

One of summer’s biggest events – Bay Dreams 2018 – will kick off in style with a pre-party that

Back for a third year running, Bay Dreams takes place at Trustpower Baypark in Mt Maunganui on January 2, with an epic line-up that includes headliners DJ Snake, Machine Gun Kelly and Pendulum. But even before the one-day extravaganza gets underway, a stellar line-up of acts from around the globe will open festivities on January 1.

Topping the list is US rapper and MC Danny Brown who has been at the forefront of the hip-hop experimentation movement since his 2011 breakthrough album XXX. He went on to release ATROCITY EXHIBITION – one of the freshest and boldest-sounding rap albums in recent memory; a sonic swirl inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division that sounded like nothing else from the past or present. His appearance at the Bay Dreams pre-party will be Brown’s only show in New Zealand.

Also on the pre-party bill is NAO. The Queen of her own self-described “wonky funk”, the British singer-songwriter has been riding high since releasing her debut album FOR ALL WE KNOW in 2016, which saw her nominated for ‘Best British Female Solo Artist’ at the Brit Awards.

Some of Aotearoa’s finest talent completes the first pre-party line-up, including The Black Seeds, who have just released their new record FABRIC; Dunedin’s very own Summer Thieves with their distinct blend of reggae, hip-hop, rock and funk; festival favourites State of Mind; and Mana Lion, who are guaranteed to impress with their mix of soul, funk, drum ‘n’ bass, gangsta rap, hardcore punk and everything in between.

For the first time, the pre-party will be held on Bay Dreams’ massive outdoor stage.

This is only the first installment of acts to be announced for the pre-party and with tickets to the festival proving more popular than ever before, punters are urged to get in quickly.

Tickets are available as an ‘add-on’ in your Ticket Fairy account and range in price from $69 to $89. Camping for the pre-party on January 1 is also available as an add-on and start at $40.

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  • January 01, 2018 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Trustpower Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui

Home of Baypark Speedway, with covered seating and capacity for over 17000 people