About Festival One

It's official - Festival One 2023 is at the new location. We'll be
greeting you at the beautiful Karapiro landscape called, Hartford.

With community the central icon on it’s metaphorical  flag, Festival One comes across a little different. Born in the dusty summer of 2015 the festival has now run continuously for 8 strong years - with a covid hiccup 2022 where we got stopped 4 days before gates opened! Each year a wave of sun-soaked people from around the tiny islands of New Zealand come together and pitch their tents with intense expectation.

Over the last 8 years bands such as Lauren Daigle, for King & Country, Switchfoot, Kings Kaleidoscope, John Mark McMillan, NF, Rapture Ruckus, Social Club Misfits, Gungor, All Sons & Daughters, Bethel Music, Tenth Avenue North, The Brilliance, Halfnoise, and hundreds more, along side speakers Rikk E. Watts, Sam Bloore, Chad M. Johnson, Mary Bielski, two tonnes of free meat and a vibe that struggles to be explained have greeted these pilgrims.

Still want to know more?
Click here to read Graham Burts (Festival director) open letter
about what it's going to be like.

Interested in what we believe in? Take a look at our Statement of Faith.

Why festival one?