Chill out in the Ice Box

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New venue the American Express Ice Box will host some of Winter Festival’s hottest acts and parties.
Situated in the Ballarat Street carpark, the dazzling marquee structure will be home to cocktail, cabaret and comedy nights. 

Organisers aim to make the Ice Box a focal point for welcoming visitors to Queenstown’s biggest annual bash.
“The venue will be lit up all night and it’s about creating a sense of arrival for festival-goers,” Winter Fest boss Simon Green says. 

“It’ll be the first thing you’ll see when you come down the hill into town and people will really know something is on.” 

The cabaret-themed marquee – complete with chandeliers – will hold 200 punters during tabled and seated events and takes 300 for knees-ups and cocktail nights. 

“The Ice Box will have a top-notch cabaret feel and will be transformed into a Russian Standard Ice Bar on July 2,” Green adds. 

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Cocktails

What: Russian Standard Platinum Party
Where: American Express Ice Box
When: Friday, June 25, 8pm
Cost: $39 R18
Get your first glimpse of the American Express Ice Box as the party goes indoors with some hip music and the best cocktails in town – all brought to you by Russian Standard.

Comedy

What: Canadian Club Comedy Gala
Where: Queenstown Memorial Hall
When: Monday, June 28, 7.30pm
Cost: $69 R18
A standup show featuring 10 of New Zealand’s best comedians who’ll storm Queenstown’s Memorial Hall for two acts of hilarious routines. 

Just when you can’t take any more, a quick set-change will transform the stage into the set of TV3’s comedy satire show 7 Days. 

Enter Jeremy Corbett and two teams of Kiwi comics to blast the news out of the water, dissect it and lambast each other. 

Both teams are out to do what they do best – take the mickey out of everything. 

This will be very funny – it’s that simple.

What: Canadian Club Late Night Laughs
Where: American Express Ice Box
When: Tuesday, June 29, and Wednesday, June 30, 9.30pm (Doors open 9pm)
Cost: $39 R18
Fresh from the Canadian Club Comedy Gala, Dai Henwood (MC), Ben Hurley and Steve Wrigley will take to the stage on Tuesday, and Jeremy Corbett (MC), Paul Ego, Jeremy Elwood and Michele A’Court will hit the boards Wednesday for two rapid-fire nights of standup merriment.

 

Cabaret

What: SkyCity Cabaret Night
Where: American Express Ice Box
When: Thursday, July 1, 7pm
Cost: $39 R18
An evening of music and comedy from Queenstown’s very own Screaming Banshees, the award-winning Chris and Chet Show and – straight from the NZ International Comedy Festival – Greg Ward’s A Brief History of Music. 

What: Russian Standard Big Chill
Where: American Express Ice Box
When: Friday, July 2, 8pm
Cost: $39 R18
Ladies, if you’re going to wear a cocktail dress then make sure you can dance in it because it is going to be a hot night in the Ice Box as the most delectable Russian Standard Cocktails fuse with the best in Kiwi dance and house music. 

Drinks on arrival will be followed by The Peacekeepers (featuring Shapeshifter’s MC P Digsss and DJ Sambora) v Sunshine Sound System (featuring Downtown Brown). 

There’s to be an afterparty at Subculture, hosted by P Digsss.