Can I get a ‘doof doof’?
13 February 2020
Ravelife Entertainment are here to shake up the electronic music scene. Since establishing themselves in 2018, the
unique event organisers have hosted four Rewild club nights in Tauranga and Hamilton (the Tauranga ones both sold
out) and an outstanding NYE party to see in the new decade.
But not content with just putting on epic gigs, the team are committed to choosing locations with interest, giving
attendees an experience they won’t forget.
Enter Elektro Hangar, New Zealand’s first music festival inside a warplane museum hangar – Classic Flyers. Their first
event in September 2019 boasted an international line-up, 10 hours of music, and a full festival marketplace which
included food, hair & make-up stalls, festy clothes and a chill-out vape zone.
Elektro II saw 24 New Zealand drum and bass (D&B) and trap artists line two stages in the iconic venue, and now
February is rounding up for a third instalment.
As well as hosting a strong line-up of D&B, dubstep, house and trap artists, this event has a socially conscious twist. As
well as including more than 50% women in the line-up, Elektro III is raising awareness for breast cancer with its pink
theme and a $1 from every pink gin sold on the night goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. They also ran a
Facebook competition in the lead-up that asked followers to nominate someone effected by breast cancer to go in the
draw to grab a double pass to the event.
Can’t make it to Elektro Hangar? Make sure you get your tickets to Ravelife’s March event: Elektro Hillz Art & Music
Festival, a special outdoor experience. Keep an eye out for more details in our next issue.
Elektro Hangar Music Festival III
February 1 at 3pm to February 2 at 1am
Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui (next to Bunnings)
Tickets available via Eventbite.
Please note this is an R18 event.
MC Tali + Chiccoreli
BREAKOUT BOX: Who are Ravelife?
Tell us a bit about yourselves
Our growing team currently consists of six: Joel Steens, Luke Jamieson, Cam Hare, Matte Roffe, Alyssa Entwisle and
myself, Abbie Steens. Prior to Ravelife, Joel’s background was 15 years with a manuka honey company as Operations
Manager, Project Manager & Sales & Marketing Manager. Luke and Cam are electricians; Matte is a professional
dancer and choreographer, and I am a photographer/visual artist.
How & why did you start Ravelife?
It started with three mates who love music festivals and the grounding elements it provides people. After years of
attending events together, they envisioned creating an atmosphere that combined music, culture and nature, and the
concept of Elektro Hillz was born. From there, their combined vision for a better rave life continued. It has since
progressed into the Rewild Clubdoof series across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, and the Elektro Festival series, which
includes our fan-favourite Elektro Hangar.
What do you want to achieve with Ravelife & your events?
Unite community, nature and music together in unique spaces; something distinctively different from what the North
Island has seen before. We are creating boutique events with diverse demographics under our motto PLUR: Peace,
Love, Unity & Respect.
What is your take on the current electro scene in the Bay?
New Zealand is seen as the global leader in the D&B scene. Massive D&B acts from around the world are making more
visits here than ever before, selling out shows nationwide. D&B has been building for years in New Zealand with
Rhythm & Vines starting and continuing this over the last decade, and with the addition of newer festivals such as
Northern Bass and Bay Dreams. In 2020, we expect to see bass house, electronic hip-hop and trance develop further
into the scene.
Who would be your dream artist to get to a Ravelife event?
We’re a diverse team, so each has their own dream artist, but some of these would include Knife Party, Rezz, Sofi
Tucker, Netsky, Fat Boy Slim and Don Diablo. However, if we could bring Avicii back to life, he would be the crew’s top
What's the best electro gig you've ever been to and why?
Do we have to choose one?! Skrillex, Knife Party, Calvin Harris and Netsky are all acts we’ve seen play and they are
epic. Simply put, they’re insanely talented artists and they know how to put on a show!
Why should someone come to a Ravelife event?
Our liberating vibe has allowed people from all different cultures, backgrounds and diversities to come together – and
as their true selves. Driven by our ethos of PLUR, you want to be part of our unique and exhilarating events.