Fat Freddy’s big British fan

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A top British trumpeter and DJ can’t wait to support Kiwi chart stars Fat Freddy’s Drop at next month’s Queenstown Jazz Festival. 

Fat Freddy’s Drop will top a feast of music in Queenstown – when the annual festival teams up with the Rugby World Cup. 

This year’s jazz bash coincides with the final stages of the tournament next month, so some events will buddy-up with the already-announced nationwide REAL New Zealand Festival. 

Fat Freddy’s Drop – famed for their classic hit Wandering Eye – lead the charge with a gig at the Memorial Hall on October 21, supported by acclaimed British trumpeter and DJ Matthew Halsall. 

From October 21-23 a variety of acts will also entertain punters at a jazz stage beside Earnslaw Park, including a closing day set from Halsall – on the same day as the RWC final in Auckland. 

Halsall, based in Manchester, says it’ll be his first time in New Zealand and he’s a big Fat Freddy’s fan. 

“It’s going to be a very special memory for me to perform on the same stage as them,” Halsall says. 

Jazz Fest spokesman Luke Baldock says: “We are still a stand-alone event but have been brought under the umbrella of the REAL NZ Festival for some of the activities. 

“It means both music and rugby fans will be in for a double treat in Queenstown.” 

As well as Fat Freddy’s Drop headlining the Mountain Scene Jazz ‘n’ Beats night, hot Aussie outfit the Craig Naughton Quartet will lead a musical brunch at Skyline the following day. 

Ticket details for this year’s JazzFest – which features more than 150 acts and runs for five days from October 20 – will be announced next week.