WINTERFEST: Queenstown glamour night sells out


You could say you really had to be on the ball…

A reinstated glamour night of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is the latest to sell out.
The $149 tickets to the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Royale Ball, which only went on the market two weeks ago, have sold to a mix of out-of-towners and locals. 

The June 22 ball, axed from last year’s programme, was reinstated after casino giant SkyCity Entertainment Group upped its existing festival sponsorship. 

“Ticket sales show that bringing the ball back was clearly the right decision,” festival manager Lisa Buckingham says. 

SkyCity Queenstown general manager Michelle Baillie adds: “We’re thrilled that the ball has sold out so quickly and proud to have been able to bring back such a fantastic and popular event. 

“The Casino Royale Ball is a great addition to the many free events we offer at SkyCity Queenstown Casino during the festival.” 

The venue is the newly remodelled Queenstown Memorial Centre. 

Dunedin-based singer and entertainer Doug Kamo will MC the glitzy event along with his glamorous Bond Girl, local Emily Burns. 

“You can expect an all-singing, all-dancing interactive show, laced with comedy and stunning Bond Girls with support from the 16-piece Queenstown Jazz Orchestra,” Kamo says. 

Covers band Puree will round out the night which also features a three-course meal with wines served from Queenstown’s Gibbston Valley Winery. 

News of the ball sell-out follows the NZ Comedy Gala selling out – within 48 hours – and the announcement earlier this week that a second show has been scheduled. The second comedy night – featuring the same line up of MC Brendhan Lovegrove, Paul Ego, Dai Henwood, Urzila Carlson, Ewen Gilmour and 7 Days host Jeremy Corbett – is on Monday, June 24, the night prior to the original gig. 

Tables for the Mountain Scene Thriller in the Chiller charity boxing event on January 29 have also sold out with only grandstand tickets available. 

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival runs from June 21-30.

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