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Parachute, 2011 (4th of 4)

Parachute, 2011

Revellers seek out the best camping spots as the gates open at Parachute, a Christian music festival, in 2011. As an alcohol-free festival with a strong anti-drugs and family ethic, Parachute attracted people of all ages. Crowds of up to 30,000 attended the four-day festival. Artists who performed at Parachute were either of the Christian faith or sympathetic to it. Parachute began in 1992 on a farm near Waikanae but later shifted to the Waikato, with the last festival held at Mystery Creek. The festival was discontinued in 2014 as it was no longer financially viable. 

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Marguerite Hill, 'Arts festivals - Music festivals from the 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2022)

Story by Marguerite Hill, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2016