Crowd rocks at Gibbston

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A swag of events, including Saturday’s Gibbston Summer Concert, had Queenstown buzzing at the weekend.

Forecast showers failed to materialise on Saturday afternoon, which meant free water and sunscreen were in hot demand from the 15,000 concert-goers as temperatures climbed into the 20s.

The Gibbston Valley Winery concert featured overseas acts Heart, Foreigner and Three Dog Night, began at 11.30am with local bands Love Lost Demons and Ragged.

The show stepped up a gear when British American band Foreigner arrived on stage, with livewire vocalist Kelly Hansen revving up the crowd, and at one stage, climbing high up the stage scaffolding.

Heart vocalist Ann Wilson joined Foreigner to help perform their ballad I Want To Know What Love Is, before Heart came on stage at 5pm.

“The acoustics are amazing, and what a beautiful setting,” was how Timaru’s Rachael Comer summed up the event.

The concert was the largest event of a busy few days in the resort.

That includes the sold out 11th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration on Friday and Saturday – showcasing wine from more than 40 Central Otago winemakers – and the Queenstown Golf Club’s centennial celebrations.

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the influx of visitors had the resort buzzing all weekend, with a real “vibe” evident.

Otago Daily Times