August 8, 2008

Snowjam 08


MTV are bringing the stars, we have the snow, so let's jam - it's free, urges VICKI ANDERSON .

It's all snow and big stars at the 2008 MTV Snow Jam at Terrace Downs Resort near Methven on August 16.

US hip-hop megastars such as king of crunk Lil Jon, Fat Joe who once had a barney with Fiddy, and new Latino kid on the block, Baby Bash, will mingle on stage and on the slopes with surfy crooner Donavon Frankenreiter, indie-pop greats The Grates, Australian dance- happy group The Potbelleez, Kiwis Cut Off Your Hands, P-Money, PNC and David Dallas, Christchurch boys Opshop and about 10,000 people taking the 70 to 90-minute journey from Christchurch central for a free party.

This annual music event is produced by MTV Australia and New Zealand for broadcast locally and internationally. About 30 countries, including Europe and Korea, have already signed up to air the event.

Gates will be open from midday for the free concert - well, the concert is free but parking is $10.

It's not just punters who will be the winners - "We've been told to expect big entourages and big bling so it's going to be a truly memorable weekend for the region," says Christine Prince, of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

The MTV crew will spend three days filming material for four separate shows for MTV Australia and New Zealand to be aired here on MTV at 1pm on Saturday, September 6. Material will include action sports on Mount Hutt, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes footage - one of the conditions of entry is that once you enter the gates you can't object to having your mug on MTV later, so best behaviour Canterbury.

Overwhelming interest from talent this year has seen the line-up for MTV Snow Jam expand to almost twice the number of performers than anticipated, says Colin Blake, MTV Networks Australia and NZ, Director of Marketing, Communications and Talent Artist Relations. "We have more performers this year than we've ever had for this event - it's not hard to understand why, with the unique location, spectacular snow experience and the chance to perform in the gig of a lifetime."

Owner of Terrace Downs Jonathan Hendriksen is "excited to have been selected to host this year's MTV Snow Jam event. We are very keen to promote the venue for large national and international events."

So, who will you see and hear?

LIL JON: The self-proclaimed king of crunk (a fusion of bounce, disco, southern hip-hop and bass). Lil "that baby don't look like me" Jon has been in demand as a producer and beatsmith for years, and his recent solo efforts as a rapper have proved this talent has no sign of slowing down.

FAT JOE: Since first appearing on the American hip-hop scene over a decade ago, Fat "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' " Joe has earned a spot among the most prominent MCs across the globe. From New York, he's worked with the biggest names in the business, including Eminem and Diddy, but best not mention Fiddy to him. His latest album, Elephant in the Room, features singles such as The Crackhouse and K.A.R. (Kill All Rats).

BABY BASH: California native Baby Bash swept the digital music scene by storm with 5.1 million profile views, and topped the list as the No. 1 Latin artist on MySpace. Having collaborated with Lil Jon, Bash will be among friends in the snow.

THE VINES: Aussie rockers The Vines' return to the airwaves with fourth album Melodia has been highly anticipated. With a reputation for high-octane garage-rock, they're sure to create warmth in the chill.

DONAVON FRANKENREITER: Speaking of chilled, they don't come more chilled than Frankenreiter. Polar-opposite climes for Frankenreiter here, more accustomed to strumming his stuff on beaches. His album Pass It Around is in stores on August 19 so a chance for fans to get a preview of his new tunes.

THE GRATES: Australian indie group The Grates have a superb album out now, Hearts Won, Teeth Lost. Hear Burn Bridge, Science Is Golden and InsideOutside, and you're sure to be won over by Patience Hodgson's hiccupy vocals if you have any fun in your soul.

THE POTBELLEEZ: Based around core members, two peas in a dance music pod, DJs Dave Goode and Jonny Sonic - Irishmen looking for a new start in the Antipodes - their live set includes MC Blu and Ilan Kidron. The Potbelleez are excellent live.

OPSHOP: Popular Christchurch band Opshop need no introduction. Check out their pumping new single Big Energy In Little Spaces, live.

CUT OFF YOUR HANDS: The high- impact four-piece have been blazing a trail through Europe and clocking up countless fans. My favourite description of COYH is from A Low Hum: "Sounding kinda like if The Buzzcocks and Gang Of Four got all romantic and then had a child with Attention Deficit Disorder who couldn't stop jumping off things and hanging from the rafters. Shaky Hands will make your handheld disco meter explode."

P-MONEY, PNC AND DAVID DALLAS: Get Out the Way for the tremendous trio. After their recent 2 Rappers and 1 DJ national tour these Kiwi stalwarts are sure to be great.

For those who miss MTV Snow Jam, tickets will be available to Fat Joe, Lil Jon and Baby Bash's only New Zealand side-show in Auckland on Sunday, August 17.

MTV Snow Jam at Terrace Downs, Coleridge Road, 25km from Methven town centre, on Saturday, August 16. Free. Gates open midday, performances start 3pm. Capacity limited to first 10,000 people; arrive early. Must be aged 16 and over; ID required. Transport, maps and more event details at

Coach return tickets are for sale at Snow Jam counter at i-SITE Visitor Centre, Cathedral Square, Christchurch, $35pp. To book coach transport to Terrace Downs, call 379-9629. Departure point is Worcester Street (opposite The Holy Grail). Buses will leave for Terrace Downs between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Saturday and depart for return at about 8.30pm.


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