Discover your dark side with this New Zealand first.

WORDS DANIEL DUNKLEY / PHOTO ZACHARY MONTAGUE

Heavy drum and bass, trap music fresh from the States and some of the world’s biggest underground DJs will hit the stage in Auckland this February when Australia’s Hidden festival kicks off in Aotearoa for the very first time. Showcasing a series of darker, edgier acts, Hidden is a popular highlight of Australia’s music calendar, with previous headliners including UK grime heavyweight Wiley.

The festival’s Auckland debut will take place at Ellerslie Racecourse on February 22 and feature some of the world’s top underground artists. Prepare to be blown away by hip-hop star and SoundCloud demigod Lil Yachty and his unique bubblegum-rap style. Known for his crazy crowds and insane mosh pits, the US artist will perform a long list of hits, including Get Dripped, Boom! and One Night from his mixtapes and recently released album Nuthin’ 2 Prove.

Alternative-music lovers also have plenty of names to get pumped about. Bass-heavy electronic artists including English DJ Flux Pavilion and US DJ Kayzo will bring the noise, as will rapper Ski Mask the Slump God and London producer TroyBoi.

Hidden has been running over the Tasman for three years now and the Auckland show kicks off the 2019 circuit. The festival then moves on to Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, wrapping up in early March.

More than 8000 people are expected to flood through the gates at Ellerslie and surround the single main stage. Registration for the one-day event is set to open soon; tickets will go on sale shortly afterwards. Sign up for pre-sale tickets and you’ll score a discount.

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