Big names for new festival


A brand-spanking new festival’s set to bring some of New Zealand’s top musos to Queenstown next Easter.

Kiwi icon Dave Dobbyn and all-star line-up Fly My Pretties will headline Through the Valley Festival at Gibbston’s Cargo Brewery at Waitiri Creek, on April 20.

Rounding out the line-up are up-and-coming South Island acts Rhythmonyx and The Butlers, along with local DJ FOZ.

The festival’s organised by Music For The People, with co-director Bryce Wrigley saying they want the event to become an annual one.

“I’m from here, and it’s been a bit lagging. There’s nothing really happening at Easter.”

They’re also keen to attract international acts, Wrigley says.

“We want to grow it.”

They picked Waitiri Creek as the venue because it has a “good vibe”.

“We’re pretty pumped.”

There’ll be food vendors and craft beer, a VIP area, and a dedicated kids’ zone for the littlest groovers. Children aged 11 years and under are free, when pre-registered with a parent or legal guardian.

VIP tickets include reserved seating, the best view of the stage and a food and drinks package.

Gates will open at 11am, with live acts from noon through to 7pm.

Pre-registration is open now, via Audience Republic.

Pre-sale tickets start from $59, general admission’s $89, and VIP tickets are $270.

Tickets are available from Cosmic Ticketing.