Gibbston rocks out


Thousands of rock fans turned out to enjoy big-name US acts Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and the News and REO Speedwagon at a concert near Queenstown on Saturday.

Conditions were ideal for the outdoor event at Gibbston Valley Winery, with temperatures in the low 20s and cloud cover for most of the day.

The sellout crowd of 16,000 treated to five acts in total.

Local artists Best Served Chilled, along with Near Armageddon, took to the stage late in the morning to set the mood, while the fast-growing crowd flowed into the venue with picnic rugs and snacks for the day ahead.

Etheridge came on stage at 1pm and with her unique and as ever powerful voice, entertaining with hit songs including Bring Me Some Water and Come To My Window.

She was joined by REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin to perform a special rendition of Take It Easy as a tribute to Glenn Fry of The Eagles, who died earlier this week.

REO Speedwagon were next to delight the crowd with hits including Keep On Loving You and Take It On the Run.

The final act of the day, Huey Lewis and The News didn’t disappoint with favourites including If This is It, Heart and Soul, and Power of Love.

Greenstone Entertainment brought the acts to New Zealand as part of the national Summer Concert Tour.

The bands will also play concerts in Taupo and Whitianga.