Jean-Marc Desvais and Daphne Louzier… encouraging New Zealand trade to package the Backwoodstock festival Jean-Marc Desvais and Daphne Louzier… encouraging New Zealand trade to package the Backwoodstock festival

Music festival in New Caledonia looks for travel trade engagement

The organisers of Blackwoodstock Festival are hoping New Zealand wholesalers will begin to package the annual music festival for their retailers and clients. The three day event started six years ago as a birthday party in an old fort – Fort Teremba – about 90 minutes drive from Noumea.

 

Jean-Marc Desvais, a director of the festival, and Daphne Louzier, who is involved in promoting the event, say it grew organically to the point where a crowd of 2500 turned up last year. Punters can stay in camping grounds at the festival, which has a diverse mix of punk, metal and other rock, electro music, folk and experiential sounds. Though it is primarily a three stage festival, the Saturday includes a fourth stage dedicated to acoustic and classical music. This year’s event will attract 10 international acts, including two from New Zealand, and 30 locals bands. Desvais and Louzier were at the Rendezvous New Caledonia workshops last week and say they want to expand the international attendance. Agents packages could include transfers, accommodation and event tickets. There is also a need for volunteers to help with the event. Email direction@blackwoodstock.nz

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