Fest seats going fast


Queenstown’s Winter Festival organisers are urging people to get in quick – with events already sold out or close to it.

A comedy night featuring six top Kiwi comics filled up within two days, prompting organisers to schedule a second show.

Corporate tables for festival charity boxing night the Mountain Scene Thriller in the Chiller are all gone – just floor and grandstand tickets remain for that event.

As of Tuesday, the SkyCity Casino Royale Ball at Queenstown Memorial Centre had one table for 10 left plus two single tickets on two other separate tables.

Festival programmes are being delivered en masse to most homes in the Lakes District today, inserted in both Mountain Scene and the Central Otago News.

Earlier in the week, volunteers started delivering the glossy programmes – detailing every event – to bars, cafes and public areas.

American Express Winter Festival director Lisa Buckingham says a total of 50,000 have been printed and she expects a further rush for tickets once delivered, urging: “Get amongst it locals and get in quick.”

Buckingham says seats at some of the smaller events such as stylist Lisa O’Neill’s ‘Warm up your Wardrobe’ night and performance music gig ‘The Explorers Club – Antarctica Show’ won’t last long.

“They don’t have as big a numbers but will start moving fairly quickly,” Buckingham says.

This year’s festival, heralding the winter season in Queenstown, is the 39th and runs for 10 days starting on June 21.

Mountain Scene unveiled a festival coup last week, with organisers securing top singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn for the free opening night gig at Earnslaw Park. Opening night MCs are comedians Paul Ego and Urzila Carlson