Into the valley of rock

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Two classic music acts are coming to Queenstown for 2012 in a follow-up to the smash-hit Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert earlier this year. 

International rockers the Doobie Brothers and Little River Band will headline next year’s show, Mountain Scene can reveal. 

The gig will be on Saturday, February 11 and will again be staged at Gibbston Valley Station – with locals being offered first opportunity to get tickets. 

Amanda Calvert from promoters Alpine Enter­tainment says the success of the inaugural event, featuring Dr Hook and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, presented a challenge. 

“We received a huge amount of support from local fans – with over 15,000 people in attendance – and this presented a very hard act to follow,” she says. 

“But we are very excited to be able to follow such a strong double-act with the Doobie Brothers and Little River Band – legends we are sure will attract music enthusiasts from across the generations.” 

Calvert adds: “We have also made several changes to enhance the experience of the attendees, specifically the extra effort put into addressing traffic issues.” 

With performances spanning four decades, the Doo­­­bie Brothers’ world­­­wide hits include Listen to the Music, Long Train Runnin’ and What a Fool Believes. 

Aussie veterans Little River Band are famous for classics such as Cool Change, The Other Guy and Take it Easy On Me. 

Destination Queenstown boss Tony Everitt believes interest will be high.
 
“It’s a perfect addition to the Queenstown summer calendar – a great day out with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere,” Everitt says. 

The pre-release to Queenstown Lakes District residents will be available from next Wednesday at the I-Site Queenstown and Wanaka offices, and Gibbston Valley Wines. 

Tickets will remain at $89 per person. 

The general ticket sale will be available through Ticketek from Monday, September 12.
 
Children under 11 are again admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holder. For more details, visit: www.alpineentertainment.co.nz or www.ticketek.co.nz