Jazz Night veteran an earlybird


Allan “Monsta” Garard was so keen to see his first Winter Festival Jazz Night, he tramped up Bob’s Peak in the dark.

The Queenstown Physiotherapy owner snuck into Skyline for free that evening in the 1990s – but he’s paid the other eight times he’s gone since.

Garard plans to fork out for this year’s Mountain Scene Jazz Night on July 4 because it’s a chance to see his pals. “I love it – it’s a real local catch-up. You often see people you haven’t seen for ages.”

The 52-year-old will head online to buy several tickets when earlybird passes go on sale today so he has some spare for his mates.

Five Kiwi acts will perform on both levels of Skyline from 6.30pm.

Nathan Haines headlines upstairs with his blend of soul, jazz and dance music after a performance by top Kiwi drummer Frank Gibson.

A trio of dance and dub acts are billed for downstairs. Dunedin group Six60 are first up, followed by The Little Bushman and Cornerstone Roots.


Get in early and save

The lineups for the American Express Winter Festival’s three other main events have been set as earlybird tickets go on sale today.

The Diamond Masquerade Ball is first on June 27, followed by the Great Comedy Debate with Dai Henwood, Te Radar, Oliver Driver and Paul Ego on June 29. Chef Al Brown returns for a cooking demo and tasting session at Millbrook on July 1.

Earlybird tickets for all events – at 10 per cent off regular prices – are on sale till May 2 at
www.winterfestival.co.nz or 0800 FESTIVAL.