Jazzing for rugby upswing

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The Queenstown JazzFest could double in size next year to catch the Rugby World Cup visitor upswing. 

JazzFest director Simon Green says no decisions have been made but he’s hoping the musical extravaganza’s kick off will coincide with the World Cup’s last weekend. The final is on Sunday, October 23. 

The festival – shortened from 10 to five days this year – will also return to a longer format of eight to 10 days because of the expected World Cup influx. 

“With all the guests at that time, we’re expecting visitor numbers to hang around for a couple of weeks after the final. 

“We would shift the festival and extend it,” Green says. 

This year’s JazzFest hosted 150 local, national and international acts at 50 venues around the resort – including gigs by Wellington-based singer Sacha Vee (pictured). 

Green says it’s a balancing act slotting international drawcards and Kiwi performers, but hopes there’ll be more opportunity for local artists in 2011. Apart from a few tweaks, punters shouldn’t expect many changes.