Winter Fest boss urges: Get in quick


Tickets to the southern hemisphere’s biggest winter party are about to go on sale. 

Winter Festival tickets are available from Monday and the event boss Simon Green is urging people to get in quick to avoid disappointment. 

He’s picking the repeat of Mountain Scene’s Thriller in the Chiller charity boxing night – which pits brave locals against one another – will be another sellout, along with the always-popular Jazz Night. 

“After last year’s debut of the Thriller in the Chiller we know this year’s event is going to sell very fast, and once everyone sees the stellar line-up for the Stoneleigh Jazz Night these tickets will be in hot demand also,” he says. 

Top Kiwi jazz export Nathan Haines heads the line-up up at Skyline. Also on the bill for the multi-level function are songstresses LA Mitchell and Sacha Vee before her Oval Office group play. Rounding out the line-up are Invercargill’s Rythmonyx and top New Zealand band Tahuna Breaks. 

Jazz night tickets are $89, whilst a night at the boxing is going for $1500 per table – including drinks and supper – or separate theatre seating for $59 a pop. 

Other hot-ticket events include the annual Masquerade Ball for $179, and Comedy Gala featuring a live performance of TV3’s Seven Days show for $69. Both events are on the Monday night. 

Meanwhile, 12 Wakatipu women are busting their gut for three months as part of the Ladies Fashion Challenge. They’ll be strutting their stuff down a runway at the Ice Box entertainment venue on the night of June 30. Enty is $39. 

Winter Festival also boast a stack of free events, from the zany – like the Birdman Challenge – to the more sedate. Out of the 50 events being held this year, 32 are free. 

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Tickets are available at the Events Centre in Frankton or at Queenstown i-Site on the corner of Shotover and Camp streets, or online from TicketDirect.