Shotover Sunshine Festival organisers say ticket sales are beating its inaugural year – but they still expect a typical last-minute Queenstown rush.
More than 3500 revellers made the first biennial open-air festival a success in 2011.
Capacity has been increased to 5000 for 2013 and organiser Simon Hendl says he’s elated to have lined up the cream of New Zealand music talent to perform.
Kora, The Black Seeds, Tiki Taane, Ladi6, Sola Rosa and Ahoribuzz are all confirmed for the Littles Road festival this Saturday.
“Sales are tracking ahead of the last time which is nice and it’s really starting to ramp up now.
“My gut feeling and evidence shows there’s going to be even more of a last-minute rush this time,” Hendl says.
“It seems to be the trend for other big events around the country. Maybe it’s a financial thing for people.”
Tickets are still available from the website for the festival, held on a sheltered terrace close to the Shotover River.
They’re emailed to the buyer, meaning sales can continue right up to the day.
Artists will arrive on Friday, with many electing to spend the weekend in Queenstown.
“That’s an important part of our philosophy for the event – we offer and encourage artists to stay for three days.
“It means they can really relax, chill out and spend some time with each other and with us and the crew. So they have a really enjoyable time rather than battling a severe hangover and trying to rush out of their hotel room the morning after the event.
“We have a get together day on Sunday – they really seem to appreciate that and it makes for a special vibe.”
Former Subculture nightclub owner Hendl organises the festival with partner Antonia Crowley and friends.
The site is being prepared this week.
Marquees are up and the main stage was due to arrive yesterday. Monday’s rain should keep the dust down.
Transport problems two years ago – specifically a lack of buses and queuing disorganisation – have been addressed this year and there will be music, food and drinks in the waiting zone.
BYO drinks, including alcohol, are prohibited. But festival goers can bring one sealed bottle of water, which they can top up for free. Food, chairs and umbrellas are also fine to bring – although the long-term forecast is for sun.
Hendl, who will perform with Sunshine Sound System as DJ Downtown Brown, refused to be drawn on his favourite artists.
“To single them out would be a disservice to all the artists – so I’m going to determinedly sit on the fence there.
“Suffice it to say I’m lucky – I’ve basically got my wish list of artists and I’m looking forward to seeing all of them.”
All you need to know
What: Shotover Sunshine Festival
Where: Littles Road
When: Saturday, noon till 1am
Bus pickups: 11.30am through to 3pm (approx) from outside Queenstown Primary School, Robins Road, and Frankton main bus stop
Bus returns: from 10pm to Queenstown and Frankton
Parking: Limited parking available on paddock at Littles Road at a cost of $30 per car online, more on day (cash only). Cars need to be removed by 5pm Sunday
Booze ban: Alcohol ban on buses and in the car park
For all info and ticket sales visit www.shotoversunshinefestival.co.nz and check Facebook for regular event updates.