M*A*S*S*I*V*E Questions

Massive is not going to be hosting a Winter Soulstice party this year

Kia Ora to all the Massive whanau, friends and loyal stompers,

It’s with equal parts excitement and disappointment - along with some frustration - that we are announcing there won’t be a Winter Soulstice this year.

For the last 20 years, the Massive crew; with your help, enthusiasm, and energy have smashed out 4 parties a year, every year. We’ve grown a lot, individually and as a crew,  and seen many amazing individuals involved in the wider community. We have also been lucky enough to party in some of the most beautiful parts of the South Island.

The crew are electing to take some necessary time out, to consider how best we can proceed with putting on the kind of quality outdoor event experiences that we want to be a part of.

While it’s sucks to miss the opportunity to party with you all, we have identified the need to spend some time regrouping and discussing how, as a crew, we can continue on for the next twenty years, providing the kinds of positive, interactive, environments that we all want to be a part of. Along with much to celebrate, a string of the weather showing us who's boss and a few (too many!) isolated incidents of anti-social behaviour in the last couple of years it's time to ask a few questions.

After some internal discussions we have identified the following as some good starting points for the kinds of things we're wanting to consider:

- What are we trying to achieve?  (What is the aim of Massive?)

- How many parties do we want to run in a year?

- What scale should these parties be?

- Do we need to expand our active crew to facilitate this?

- How do people feel about stepping outside of our current model of (relentlessly?) running the same kind of event four times a year?

- What do we need to do to get our structure up to date?

- What is involved in documenting our risk management policy to ensure compliance with the new Health and Safety legislation?

- Outside of the lengths we already go to, what can we do to make our parties safer? Wider educational efforts? More active care presence? Third party assistance? Do we have the resources to provide the level of care and education that we'd like to, based on the number of attendees at our events?

- A tiny percentage of people not behaving acceptably is enough to negatively impact on a lot of other peoples experiences. What more do we need to do to emphasise the kind of behaviour that is acceptable at our parties? What can we do to actively encourage people look after themselves and each other? How can we constructively address the crews frustrations of constantly having to baby-sit individuals who are all old enough to know better but insist in making right dicks of themselves? 

Soulstice and Equinox will be back before you know it... Sign-up to our email list, get in touch with us if you have any input. Stay tuned for updates, and see you all soon! Here's to many more positive, participatory music events taking place in the great outdoors right here in Canterbury, New Zealand.

- Your M*A*S*S*I*V*E crew


If you're looking for somewhere to have a good stomp this Winter, check out:
- Karamea Winter Solstice - June 18th
- Dunedin Winter Solstice - July 9th