Festival Queenstown-bound

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Queenstown’s been named as one of five centres around Aotearoa to host a festival in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Milk & Honey is the brainchild of Elemeno P rocker Lani Purkis and music manager Teresa Patterson.

The new event will feature five concerts staged simultaneously across the country on March 8.

West Coast indie songstress Mel Parsons will headline the Queenstown event, alongside Canadian Dana Sipos.

Parsons tells Scene the festival’s important “on all levels”.

“First and foremost, the music industry’s still very skewed, in terms of gender balance, particularly on festival line-ups, but also just in general.”

According to the organisers, the festival has three goals: to celebrate women in the New Zealand music industry, to increase visibility of female artists and crew in the industry, and to provide a safe, inclusive, and respectful gig environment.

Parsons reckons Milk & Honey is the first festival of its kind, and at that scale, in NZ.

“It’s pretty cool.”

Parsons has just released her fourth album, Heart,

The Queenstown show will be held in the new Workshop space at Sherwood. Milk & Honey will take place on March 8, 7.30pm. Tickets $39.90.