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Gigging with one of New Zealand’s top bands never gets old. Fat Freddy’s Drop hits Queenstown for an outdoor concert this weekend and Tony Chiang, aka Toby Laing, says the boys can’t wait to head south. Despite touring since the early...
DJ Wehbba came up with his stage name as he thought it would make him more googleable. It’s his surname — with an additional b. While it’s an unusual one in his native Brazil, he thought a slight change could make...

Bonnie’s simply the best

Gibbston Valley Winery concert-goers didn't let cloud and rain dampen the spirits on Saturday. Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler, known for her husky tones, opened the gig to chants of "Bonnie" from an eager crowd. She belted out classics Total Eclipse of...
At 19, muso Alan Parsons landed himself a job at London’s iconic Abbey Road. It was the start of an illustrious career in the music industry as a sound engineer and producer working with bands like The Beatles, The Hollies...
Worried about the weather bomb hitting this great southern land tearing into Saturday's Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert? Call us crazy, but there should be electric blue skies in the morning and the forecast afternoon rain might be nothing too serious. This...

Town gets brush with Stones

Mick Jagger's brother is heading to New Zealand to play a gig in Arrowtown. Singer-songwriter Chris Jagger, The Rolling Stones frontman's younger brother, will play the goldmining village in March with Brit pianoman Ben Waters. The March 7 concert at Athenaeum Hall...

Country comes to town

As a young singer, Kaylee Bell knew her roots. She’s been performing on the country music circuit since the age of four. At seven she picked up the guitar, started writing music at 14 and won her first New Zealand Gold...
Good tunes, a couple of beers and raising a few bob for charity. That’s the aim of an original music night at Queenstown's The Brecon Street Merchant today. Local muso Paul Shipman has roped in mates to play the gig and money...

Remembering music royalty

A ski-loving musician who died recently had a huge influence on the Queenstown music scene. In Queenstown in the 1980s, Kipa Royal and his bands had residencies at Jim's Inn in the former O'Connell's Hotel, at the former Albert's Nightclub and at Skyline Restaurant. Though he didn't live in town...

Hippiefest rehash

Queenstown's The World Bar knows the ’60s were all about grass. So the Church St bar’s ordered 200 square metres of the stuff for  its annual Worldstock festival. Before the cops go on high alert it’s worth mentioning that’s real turf rather than...

Finn strips back for a cause

An African charity is pulling Neil Finn to Queenstown, away from his work on two new albums. The 58-year-old plays Gibbston Valley Winery tonight for So They Can, which helps poverty-stricken children and communities in Kenya and Tanzania. The legendary artist praises...

Quieter riot

Despite the name, don’t expect an unruly performance from Clap Clap Riot as they hit Queenstown tonight. Bass player Tristan Colenso says the set will be more of a chilled and groovy affair but they will still bring the energy. He met...
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