Top bands line-up for Games

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The action off the mountain is going to be as hot as the action on it at this month’s Winter Games.

Top Kiwi music acts slide into Queenstown and Wanaka for performances during the 11-day Audi Quattro Winter Games, starting August 15.

Rotorua-based duo Swamp Thing kick off the music with a free opening night show at Earnslaw Park in Queenstown. Swamp Thing drummer, keyboardist and singer Michael Barker used to be in top Australian act John Butler Trio.

Popular groups Tahuna Breaks and Phoenix Foundation have also been secured for separate gigs.

Phoenix Foundation headline the Parklife Invitational rail jam after-party in Queenstown on Saturday, August 17.

It’ll be the first big concert at Queenstown’s newly- refurbished Memorial Centre – tickets are $35. Readers can win a double pass on page two of Mountain Scene this week.

The six-piece indie rockers, who’ve previously won Best Group at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, will bust out new stuff from album Fandango.

Meanwhile, Tahuna Breaks, who formed in Auckland back in 2005 and released their latest album in March, play the closing concert at Wanaka’s Lake Wanaka Centre.

Tickets are $40 and Tahuna Breaks drummer Tim Gemmell is promising a high-energy show spanning their funk, disco, soul, electronic and roots sounds: “I hope everyone has their dancing shoes on – or dancing ski boots.”

Local musical talent will also be playing gigs throughout the Games after daily downtown medal ceremonies in both Queenstown and Wanaka.

Full details of all the on and off-mountain action are in next week’s special 28-page Mountain Scene liftout, the official guide to the Winter Games.