Queenstown bars under pressure from curfews

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Music sensations the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been forced to shift their gig venue in Queenstown after being caught in a noise row. 

The top-selling Scottish band was due to perform at Revolver bar on Sunday in front of hundreds of fans. 

But the show has been switched to the Memorial Hall at the eleventh hour as it’s believed the original venue has had the plug pulled on staging live concerts. 

Revolver boss Johnno Stapleton declined to comment, other than saying tickets bought for the pipers’ concert at Revolver will be valid for the Memorial Hall. 

Mountain Scene understands a spat over sound levels within the Shotover Street building that houses the local gig mecca – and which has recently hosted shows by chart stars such as Anika Moa and Goldie – means live music there has been suspended, possibly indefinitely. 

The switch will cost the Chilli Pipers thousands of dollars, the group’s Auckland-based promoter Stuart Clumpas says. 

Clumpas adds that despite the unexpected expense, the band was determined the big resort concert would go ahead.
“The pipers have travelled 12,000 miles to make their debut tour of New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup and they didn’t want to pull the Queenstown gig, even though it’s hitting them hard in the pocket,” Clumpas says. 

“It just means we now have a bigger venue to put on what is going to be a spectacular show.” 

Lakes Environmental boss Hamish Dobbie confirmed the council’s regulatory arm is aware of noise issues at Revolver but says “we’ve not taken any enforcement action at this stage”. 

Lakes Leisure event manager Jason Marrable stepped in on Tuesday to offer the council-run Memorial Hall as an alternative venue for the Chilli Pipers. 

“Having exciting live entertainment is a vital part of having a vibrant community like Queens­town and this is a concert that has sparked a lot of interest locally,” Marrable says. 

“We expect it to be very well attended.” 

Tickets for the Memorial Hall show cost $25 in advance or $35 on the door.