Homegrown during fest


Some of Queenstown’s hottest new music acts will showcase their talents at fringe gigs during Winter Festival. 

Revellers will flock in numbers to see established Kiwi names such as Jordan Luck, Tahuna Breaks and jazz legend Nathan Haines during the 10-day bash – but away from the main action, some homegrown groups and singers are well worth checking out too. 

Tomorrow, teen songbird Sarah Foley and her band take the stage at Dux de Lux. 

The Wakatipu High student has starred in a raft of local musicals, including the recent hit Grease – but she has designs on a solo career. 

Foley, 18, also gets a chance to shine at tomorrow night’s Winter Festival opening party at Earnslaw Park where she’ll belt out a number on the main stage at Earnslaw Park. 

On Saturday, local rockers The Flaming Drivers and Mince On Toast will attempt to blow the roof off the Dux with a high voltage night of headbanging. 

Power trio The Flaming Drivers say they’re on a mission to put the rock back into the Queenstown music scene. 

According to drummer Joel Rowlands, the plan is working: “At some of our gigs, people have been going crazy – which is wicked to see.” 

Support act Mince On Toast have also been making waves with their blistering punk rock sound, despite having played just a handful of concerts. 

And Queenstown dance music maestro Caleb Cowie is sure to get a rousing welcome home when he brings his K-Lab project to his old stomping ground at Subculture on Saturday. 

A keyboardist and DJ, Cowie used to play with popular local duo Blackplanet. 

He shifted to Wellington last year and as K-Lab has released two internationally-successful EPs, Wrecked and The Whole World’s Ill.

See Sarah Foley and band tomorrow at Dux de Lux, 8pm, The Flaming Drivers and Mince On Toast at Dux on Saturday, 9pm – and K Lab at Subculture on Saturday, 9pm