Winter Festival’s opening party line-up


Winter Festival has an all-local line-up for tomorrow night’s opening night party. Ryan Keen gives a brief rundown on the performers 

Shaun Vining
The multi-talented MC of Songstars and Starry Eyed’s 2002 winner – he sang David Bowie’s Space Odyessy – will be pulling out a couple of his guitar-driven songs which will no doubt include at least one of his humorous spoof originals.

Popular duo Gemma Carroll and John Healy – he’s from Ireland, she’s from Wales – are a regular fixture on the local live music scene. They plan to dish up some contemporary Celtic tunes. 

Sam Hillman
The Mr Cool multi-tasker of Queenstown music will be letting loose with his own original composition – not to be missed. 

Queens­town’s Got Talent 2011 winners Pol Nicholson (right)and Eamonn McNicholas – who was third-equal in this year’s Songstars songwriting contest – will be pumping out a Queen song and a Creedence Clearwater Revival classic. 

Holly Arrowsmith
The 19-year-old winner of this year’s Songstars songwriting contest will perform her winning entry Wolves and Moons. 

Queenstown Pole Studio
Dancers from the studio like Harriet Kelsall will be joined by Raha Sangsari and others to perform a spellbinding routine to operatic classic Intorno All’Idol Mio by Italian Antonio Cesti. 

Charlotte Graf
This flame-haired member of the popular local trio The Sequin Sisters will be screeching out a hit by Led Zeppelin – yes, Led Zeppelin. Don’t worry, she’s got the lungs for it. 

‘London Calling’ cast
Performers from the hit Queens­town musical London Calling will perform London Calling by The Clash and California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas. 

Master Blasters
Rock covers band Master Blasters will open and at some stage will get just about everyone playing with them. Singer Margaret O’Hanlon says: “It’s going to be one big fat com­munity party. We’re all family now so there’ll be spill-over between acts. We’ve been working on a new one by Emeli Sande, Next to Me. And then some old favourites by the Jackson Five and Stevie Wonder.” O’Hanlon will be joined by Nigel Hirst, Mark Wilson, Tahne Brown and Diego Vanzella. 

Pearly McGrath
Queenstown super singer and frontwoman for Mojo will perform a song by the late pop diva Amy Winehouse. 

Sequin Sisters
The Sequin Sisters – Nikki Bodle, Tania Pimm and Charlotte Graf – will perform classic party music covers. Nikki Bodle says: “There’s one new song we might break out for the performance and we’re also going to do our goodies, When Love Takes Over, Sweet Dreams and others. You name it, we can do it. This year it’s about the local musicians – we totally support that and put our hands up straight away.” 

Rebeca Barnes
Barnes will belt out Welsh singer Duffy’s chart-topping Mercy. “Winter Festival’s such a massive thing for Queens­town, but also for New Zealand, so to be performing on opening night is massive. We’re representing Queenstown and any person who lives here is passionate about the town and wants to represent it the best way possible,” she says. 

LA Social Club
Group frontman Lindsay Woods says they’ll be ripping out 15 minutes of non-stop top-40 and club beat songs. “It will be pretty intense.” Woods will be joined by Ailsa Williamson, Tiffany Mitchell, Andrea Cruickshank, Marc Hamilton and Shaun Vining. 

The local powerhouse covers band of Shay Muddle, Pearly McGrath, Sam Merral, Kayne Taylor, Jodie Malthus and Anna-Maree Morris round things off with a half-hour set which Muddle says will be full of Kiwi favourites. “It’s going to be a privilege for us to finish. We’re going to play a lot of great Kiwi stuff – Ladi 6, The Dudes, Tiki Taane.”