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Skinny dipping record broken at Rhythm & Vines

Sunday 30 Dec 2012 5:11 p.m.

Organisers of Rhythm and Vines have apologised for the less-than-perfect acoustics at the Gisborne music festival's opening night.

Despite assurances, Friday's crash of a truck carrying audio equipment led to issues with the bass on the main stage.

But another event went exactly to plan today.

Temperatures in the high 20s helped convince 506 festival-goers to bare all and head into the water to smash the world skinny dipping record, which previously stood at 413 people.

For many, it was a good way to freshen up after a big opening night at the tenth Rhythm and Vines festival at the Waiohika Estate.

Police made 17 arrests but for the most part the 30,000-strong crowd was well behaved and responsible.

Those who were out for big bass on the main stage may have been disappointed, with festival organisers admitting today it wasn't as good as it should have been.

Organisers had to get in a replacement PA at the last minute after the truck carrying the sound equipment crashed on its way to Rhythm and Vines on Friday.

And although some of the international acts were unhappy with the sound, local businesses are happy enough that the festival is back in town.

“It's great for the economy so let's hope it stays for another ten years,” says café owner Grant Fussell.

Festival organisers say they are committed to keeping the festival in Gisborne. They've done so for ten years and say they have no intention of moving it anywhere else.

The event wraps up tomorrow with New Years revellers partying into 2013 to the likes of Dave Dobbyn, Six60 and the Presets.

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