Resort lands new big gigs

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Two big new music festivals are pegged for Queenstown’s expanding events calendar. 

The organiser of major North Island gigs Homegrown and Coromandel Gold is bringing chart-topping Kiwi artists Shihad, Kora and Tiki Taane to the resort for the Burton New Zealand Open after-party next month. 

Separately, American promoter Dan Allen – who brought Bon Jovi to Christchurch in 2008 – is planning an all-day New Year’s Eve festival at Gibbston Valley, called EarthTonz, Mountain Scene can reveal. 

Burton Open Sessions director Jonnie Halstead says he hopes to sell 3500 tickets for his August 13 gig at the Events Centre. 

“After a week of hectic on-snow competition it’ll be time to party – and what better way than to show the world’s best riders our music.” 

EarthTonz announces its line-up of national and international electronica, drum ‘n’ bass, dub step, progressive house and hip hop artists next week. 

A spokesman for EarthTonz says: “There are a lot of music festivals over New Year in the North Island but nothing down south.” 

The EarthTonz website says concert-goers must have a party attitude. 

“And be sure to enjoy all that EarthTonz has to offer – it’s gonna be sick.”