Get a dose of cool grooves and loose tongues


Get in quick – and don’t say you haven’t been warned.

With the American Express Great Comedy Debate selling out yesterday, get your skates on and grab your tickets to another festival fave – the Mountain Scene Jazz Night – before it’s too late.

If you missed out on the Great Comedy Debate, don’t despair – Te Radar is putting on his latest one-man show Eating the Dog two nights later.

Go to and book a seat.


Mountain Scene Jazz Night

Jazz Night this year has all bases covered.

Nathan Haines and Frank Gibson will perform in the upstairs room for purists, while three of NZ’s funkiest acts will rock downstairs – Six60, The Little Bushman and Cornerstone Roots.


This five-member band launched in Dunedin in late 2006 and has quickly gained notoriety, performing at Dunedin bars Backstage and Refuel, Queenstown’s Peak Festival and AREA 9 near Twizel.

Their blend of roots, dub and drum ‘n’ bass has established them as true performers and talented musicians.

Frank Gibson

Legendary Kiwi drummer Frank Gibson’s vast career has taken him around the world.

Gibson’s performed with artists including Frank Foster, John Scofield, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson and Sam Rivers, and he’s played on more than 200 CDs and albums.

He’s won NZ’s Best Jazz Album three times and has been inducted into the Avedis Zildjian Hall of Fame for Performance & Workshops.

Cornerstone Roots

When Cornerstone Roots – a seven-piece original reggae roots band from Raglan – perform live, their tight rhythms, heavy bass and trance-like grooves get the audience moving.

They’ve opened for legendary Jamaican band Burning Spear, plus Toots and The Maytals, and are fast building a new generation of listeners worldwide.

Little Bushman

Wellington-based band Little Bushman have played at many NZ music festivals including WOMAD 09, Rippon 08, Homegrown and the Coromandel Blues & Roots Music Festival.

They’ve also supported Dave Dobbyn, Donovan Frankenreiter and Blue King Brown on tour, winning over audiences with their raw blend of psychedelic blues.

Nathan Haines

A hit with festival audiences in 2007, Nathan Haines is back to entrall Queenstown audiences once again this winter. Haines, a multi-instrumentalist and producer, is the country’s best-known jazz musician.

Two of his albums have achieved gold status in NZ and he continues to explore the boundaries of soul, jazz and dance music.

When: Saturday, July 4, 6.30pm

Where: Skyline Gondola Restaurant and Luge

Cost: $89 or 109 with dinner


American Express Great Comedy Debate

Rhys Darby – or, as he’s loved, band manager Murray Hewitt in Flight of the Conchords – is coming to Winter Festival. Darby headlines an evening packed with fellow comics Jeremy Corbett, Te Radar, Dai Henwood, Oliver Driver, Paul Ego and Queenstown’s Emma Lange.

When: Monday, June 29, 8pm

Where: Millennium Hotel

Tickets: Sold out


Te Radar’s Eating the Dog

Kiwi author, documentary-maker and comedian Te Radar brings his new live act Eating The Dog to Queenstown.

Te Radar peers into New Zealand’s past and sends up his historical heroes – the misfits that helped shape the nation and made us who we are.

This show was voted best comedy act at this year’s Dunedin Fringe Festival and was part of the NZ International Comedy Festival in May.

It’s funny, it’s cheeky – and it’ll give you a whole new perspective on NZ history.

When: Wednesday, July 1, 8pm

Where: Millennium Hotel

Cost: $30