Hamish Pinkham is the co-founder / director of Rhythm and Vines – New Zealand’s premier live music festival and first place in the world to bring in the new year. Having started their flagship music festival in Gisborne, NZ while at University in Otago as a ‘party for friends’, the festival has seen considerable growth in the last 20 years, going from a 1,800 gathering of mates to a sold out 30,000 revellers at its peak. Hamish is a co-founder / Director of Endeavour Live – NZ’s friendliest promoter of live events – having conceived and delivered some of the country’s best loved music events.
In 2019 Hamish launched the Phoenix Summit – a one day meeting of creative minds held in Auckland NZ and featuring leading creative visionaries such as John Legends manager, Lady Gaga’s Creative Director and the former head of MTV Europe. His goal is to create a platform to help inspire and NZ’s creative community through networking and collaboration.
A qualified lawyer and musician himself with his own band and musical project, Hamish was recently announced as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Hamish is passionate about the development of the music, events, tourism and creative industries both at home and abroad.