Bay Dreams was a hit in Nelson earlier this year. Photo: Kate Russell.

Bay Dreams will be back next year


Nelson City Council is set to bring Bay Dreams back to the city next year – and possibly for the next five years.

The council are in negotiations with the organisers of the popular festival to make it a regular fixture.

The inaugural Bay Dreams South attracted 20,000 people to Trafalgar Park in January this year. Tash Sultana, Shapeshifter, Cardi B, Sticky Fingers and Peking Duk were all part of the epic line-up.

In 2020, the Nelson festival will be held on January 4 with the first acts expected to be announced by the end of the month.

Mayor Rachel Reese says council is enthusiastic about the prospect of Bay Dreams becoming a regular event in Nelson.

“The January 2019 event was a huge success and we’re keen to share our city and region with visitors again. It was an absolute blast to welcome 20,000 young people to our city, many of whom were visiting for the first time,” she says.

Festival director Toby Burrows says returning to Nelson “makes perfect sense”.

“It was such a popular event last time, selling out in a few weeks. It was a no brainer to look to return the event to Nelson regularly.

“Nelson is a great holiday destination and having the event at the Trafalgar Centre and Trafalgar Park venues so close to the city centre, with the stunning sea views, make for an epic setting to host a large-scale music festival of this nature.”

Rachel says she looks forward to progressing the opportunity.

“The team and all the volunteers involved were a pleasure to work alongside, and we can see this festival developing further as a key event on the New Zealand music calendar.”