Bonnie line-up for Gibbston concert


The line-up for next year’s Gibbston Valley Winery concert is out.

Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler, known for her husky tones, will be joined by Aussie rockers Icehouse and Brit muso Alan Parsons.

The old-school rockers take to the stage on January 21 - promising big hits and retro power ballads.

Tyler’s career spans four decades and is best known for Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero from 1984 film Footloose.

Icehouse, led by frontman Iva Davies, has released 28 platinum albums, eight top 10 albums and more than 30 ‘Top 40’ singles, during its 30-year career, including Hey Little Girl and Electric Blue.

This is a first for Parsons, of The Alan Parsons Project. While he’s been to New Zealand, he’s never toured here - and never been to the South Island. He’s delighted to bring his top hits, Eye In The Sky, Games People Play and Damned If I Do to Queenstown.

Speaking to Mountain Scene from his Californian home, Parsons says he didn’t hesitate when he got the call.

“I’m really excited to come back - it’s been 30 years. Being on stage is great fun and I love it.”

He promises to keep things up-tempo and will be joined on stage by an eight-piece band.

Music is in his blood and both his parents performed while he was growing up.

However, his introduction to the music industry was landing a gig at infamous Abbey Road in the mid-70s.

While there he worked as a sound engineer with The Beatles, The Hollies and Pink Floyd. This fly-on-the-wall experience had a huge influence on his career and is something that shaped his music.

He hasn’t performed with the other headliners - but is in no doubt the festival atmosphere will be amazing.

“We like to build up the audience, get them into a frenzy by the end of the show. We usually succeed in doing that.”

Promoter Amanda Calvert, of Greenstone Entertainment, says she’s excited to welcome the artists to NZ.

“These three legendary acts have a huge list of hit songs which will be sure to have everyone on their feet.”

Tickets for Gibbston Valley Winery concert, January 21, go on sale July 11.