WinterFest apres ski party action


Thumping club nights and intimate live music gigs will draw revellers into Queenstown venues during Winter Festival.

The resort’s bars and clubs are embracing the festival like never before this year.

It means there is an eclectic collection of musical delicacies on offer – with dance music radio station George FM leading the charge with its Apres Ski nights.

Another highlight will be the Winter Sounds music extravaganza at The World Bar on Thursday, June 28 – it will be led by talented Kiwi musicians Hollie Smith and A Hori Buzz. And impressive soulful Auckland nine-piece The Hipstamatics play at SkyCity Queenstown on Sunday from 9pm.

Festival director Simon Green says: “There’s some good balance to the programme.

“Part of the festival organisation this year has been encouraging these things to happen.

“We’ve put the Apres Ski series together with the bars, so it’s shifted now to them being more involved.

“It takes the pressure off us having to do everything and there’s more scope for this in future years.”

George FM will broadcast live on weekdays from Monday, June 25, including breakfast and drive time.

The station will take over various bars during the evening to provide free parties. The week will culminate in a Thank George it’s Friday Apres Ski Party at Buffalo Club where station DJs and special guests will entertain festival-goers who have wiggled out of their winter coats and into dapper dance-floor dress.

The Winter Sounds gigs at The World Bar follows the Apres Ski set.

Tickets to it are $60, with a line up including Smith and A Hori Buzz – which features renowned producer and instrumentalist Riki Gooch, Aaron Tokona of Cairo Knife Fight, LA Mitchell and Hori Tokona. (see panel)

Olmecha Supreme, DJ Downtown Brown and DJ Sir-Vere complete the ling up.

“We really embrace that particular night,” Green says. “It’s a good ticket price for a great line up and people will get a really good night.

“I guess The World guys are trying to fill that void left a wee bit by Revolver not being there anymore.”

The Apres Ski party line-up

What: George FM Apres Ski Party opening night
DJ: Dean Campbell
Where: Zephyr Bar, Searle Lane            
When: Monday, June 25, from 8pm
After several years as a DJ on the George FM airwaves and at bars and festivals all over New Zealand, Dean busted out overseas for most of 2011, living it up in London and Europe, DJing everywhere from dingy East London bars to large festivals in the UK. Now he’s back with George FM, laden with a swagbag of fresh tune-age to share. 

What: George FM Apres Ski Party
DJ: Thane Kirby
Where: Lone Star, Brecon Street
When: Tuesday, June 26, from 8pm

Meet Thane Kirby, the man who created George FM which started broadcasting in the spare bedroom of a flat in Grey Lynn, Auckland, in 1998. Today he hosts a three-hour boom-shacka show, slingshotting you home, Monday to Thursday, 3-6pm – and cherry-picks only the best tunes from across the George spectrum.

What: George FM Apres Ski Party 
Who: Dan Aux
Where: Pub on Wharf, Steamer Wharf
When: Wednesday, June 27, from 8pm
Auckland-based DJ, producer, originally from Australia. It’d be foolishly daft of anyone remotely into the electronic music scene to not have their eyes and ears wide open for this artist. With a list of boast-worthy label signings, official remix tags, and first-class festival billings, Dan Aux is not your average south of the equator artist.

Who: George FM Apres Ski Party
DJ: Nick Dwyer
Where: The World Bar, Shotover Street 
When: Thursday, June 28, from 6pm

Nick Dwyer’s been consumed with a passion for music pretty much his whole life. He started with alternative radio when he was 13, and shortly after being involved with some of New Zealand’s top music TV channels picked up many club DJ air-miles along the way. Now over 15 years, Nick still hasn’t lost his love of a good tune – and he shares that love every weekday morning on George FM Breakfast

What: Thank George it’s Friday – the Apres Ski part to end them all 
DJs: Dean Campbell, Dan Aux, Thane Kirby, Nick Dwyer and Sam Hill
Where: Buffalo Club, Brecon Street
When: Friday, June 29, 9pm
Free (dapper dress code essential )