Gig of the week: Opshop


Opshop’s Jason Kerrison reckons he’s on to a sweet gig. Three weeks of mixing power chords with pinot gris is “hardly work”, he says.

The Auckland band’s frontman is sounding pretty laid back for someone who’s about to tie the knot.

Ahead of Sunday’s show at Millbrook – the final stop on the More FM Winery Tour with Anika Moa and Dave Dobbyn – he says he’s only following orders.

“I’m not much of a wine buff but I’m under instruction from my fiancee to get as much knowledge and as many samples together as I can to take back home for the wedding guests,” says the singer/guitarist.

“Mate, this is why you get into rock ‘n’ roll.”

But Kerrison knows it isn’t all wine and roses. Following up a year that saw the band win four Tuis at the New Zealand Music Awards and an APRA Silver Scroll Award for their song One Day will have its challenges, he says.

“That’s what’s funny about looking toward doing international gigs this year.

“We’ll be hitting the ground running, right back at the beginning again. But there’s something to be said for the vitality in doing that – I love it.

“As long as there’s somewhere to rest my head, I’m sweet.”

While Opshop’s international itinerary is yet to be finalised, Kerrison says “there’s a lot to be done out there and a lot of interest shown”. But the expectation on the band to continue their upward climb isn’t something that weighs upon them.

“There’s a lot on the horizon. Quite daunting, but good fun. Our mission this year is to go back into the studio environment with a renewed joie de vivre and momentum, and do what we’ve always done – make music and go out there and play it to people.

“As long as our songs pass our rocking-chair test, which means if we can imagine we’d be sitting in our rocking chairs 50 years from now and still be content that we represented who we were in truth for what we were at the time, we’ll be happy.”


Winery Tour Infoguide

When Sunday: Gates open – 3pm, Opshop – 4pm, Anika Moa – 5pm, Dave Dobbyn – 6pm Finishes 7.30pm

Where Millbrook Resort – three signposted entrances at Malaghans Road, Lake Hayes Rd, Butel Lane, with onsite parking

Cost Adults pay $70 at the gate; $60 + booking fees or $90 show/bus package in advance on 1800 111999 or at; free for kids aged 12 and under with an adult

Transport $30 return bus ticket – departs 2pm from The Pig and Whistle, pick-ups at Goldfields bus stop 2.10pm, Frankton bus stop 2.15pm, Lake Hayes entrance 2.25pm. Departs 7.30pm from Lake Hayes Rd entrance. Be 10 minutes early.

  • Concert goes ahead rain or shine so bring sunscreen/hats/wet weather gear
  • Low chairs, blankets, food, sealed bottled water – in plastic bottles – OK
  • No glass bottles, alcohol, professional cameras or recording devices
  • Food stalls on site – with vegetarian options – and wine, beer, soft drink, water available
  • Security is onsite – bags may be checked
  • Eftpos available onsite
  • Bouncy castle for kids