Venue boss Greg Hunt is buzzing about the success of Saturday’s Dr Hook/Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert.
Just over 14,000 fans flocked to a sheep paddock at Gibbston Valley Station – equivalent almost to the population of the Wakatipu.
“I can tell you right now, this will be an annual,” Hunt says.
Dr Hook, alias 74-year-old American bluesman Ray Sayer, told him he’s not played a crowd like Saturday’s for ages, Hunt says.
He notes both main acts played long beyond their contracted 90-minute gigs.
After the debut Winery Summer Concert, the only challenge will be to equal or even improve next year’s offering, he says.
A spokesperson for promoter Alpine Entertainment says traffic management will be debriefed with roading consultants Opus tomorrow.
Through the afternoon, vehicles were banked up all the way along the state highway from Lake Hayes to Gibbston.
Hunt says a solution might be to create more entry and exit points.
He also acknowledges organisers got lucky with the weather – rain that had been predicted to mar the event cleared by early in the morning.