A Significant Contemporary Event From A Geographic Perspective

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Analyse a significant contemporary event from a geographic perspective
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Event: Rhythm and Alps Music Festival
Ryan Neill
Rhythm and Alps (R&A) is an organised two day music festival held on the 30th and 31st of December. It is located largely on Robrosa Station, located at 1653 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka within the Cardrona Valley, just south of Wanaka. Car parking is free of charge and is located within easy walking distance from the campground. Rhythm and Alps was born out of the highly successful Rhythm and Vines music festival that has now been operating in Gisborne since 2003. The Rhythm and Alps musical festival was held at Terrace Downs in Methven (Canterbury) between 2010 and 2012. This site in the Cardrona Valley was selected because of its isolation and being in a rural area. This minimised the social impacts as sound would be a nuisance for majority of people throughout the night. Being positioned in the Cardrona Valley it meant that they were only 7 receivers (receivers are residential buildings that could be affected by the event).
R&A is now a significant event in the region as an average of 5000 people buy tickets to the festival every year and this number has been significantly growing the more established the event becomes. The event has a maximum number of 10,000 paying customers that are able to go to this event; however this maximum has never been reached. It brings in large economic benefits to the community as many of the
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