Get your party pants on: Arrowtown's hosting a 12-hour live music event next Saturday to celebrate Alert Level 1


It’s finally time to get your party pants on, Queenstown!

This week New Zealand returned to (almost) normal, when we entered Level 1, and now a 12-hour live music festival’s been announced for Arrowtown to celebrate.

Arrow Sounds, being held from noon till midnight next Saturday, is a collab between the town’s bars and restaurants and local musos which will see rolling music at different venues, timed so punters can also enjoy a good, old-fashioned pub crawl.

The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford says after being in lockdown for so long, Arrowtown decided “it’s time to have a party”.

And it’s an open invite for the Wakatipu Basin.

“The words ‘we are all in this together’ and to be kind to each other really resonates with this gig.

“We are all putting in our efforts together as businesses, and it should be an amazing event for the region to get behind.”

The action starts on Buckingham Street at noon – included in the line-up there are buskers, Bandemic and Trip Trio Jazz.

From 3pm till 6pm The Trainsurfers and Good Days will entertain at Bendix Stables, then from 6pm till 9pm Thomas Brinsley & The Boys, with special guests, will fire up at The Fork and Tap.

From 9pm till midnight, Tom Maxwell & The Killergrams will be in action at Slow Cuts, The Crown Rangers are playing at the New Orleans, and Sam Maxwell & The Cellar Doors will light up The Blue Door.

And, to make it as easy as possible for people to make the most of the day, and night, Crawford says local bus tour driver Matt Rhodes will put on a midnight shuttle to drop people home to Lake Hayes Estate, Shotover Country, Queenstown and Arthurs Point, for just $10.

Crawford says there won’t be any door charges and they’ll look to make it an annual event.