Focus on the Land
The line-up drop . . .
Thursday, October 25, 2012
ENTERTAINMENT - IT was a little perplexing to find that songstresses Hollie Smith, Boh Runga and Anika Moa had left Gisborne off the itinerary for their 2012 tour of the nation’s churches — after all, a couple of local houses of worship have some of the best acoustics around.
But now it all becomes clear. Instead, the talented trio has been included in the line-up for next year’s Classic Hits Winery Tour, which will be at Gisborne’s Brunton Road vineyard on February 5.
Now in its seventh year, the annual tour of more than 15 New Zealand vineyards has been steadily growing in stature and — all due respect to acts of previous tours — the 2013 version looks set to be the best yet.
It is one that offers an excitingly diverse triple hit.
Preceding the solo and ensemble performances promised by the Smith/Runga/Moa combination will be a set from the rock/indie goodness that is The Adults, featuring Jon Toogood (Shihad), Julia Deans (Fur Patrol) and Shayne Carter (Straitjacket Fits/Dimmer).
And the organisers have booked as their headliners mega-selling dub act Fat Freddy’s Drop (who, coincidentally, launch their new album Blackbird during the month of the tour).
“We can’t wait for the Winery Tour . . . to get to parts of New Zealand outside of the main centres is a rare opportunity and we won’t be taking it lightly,” says Fat Freddy’s DJ Chris Faiumu. “The venues that we are playing offer an amazing environment to hear music and this year’s line-up is fantastic . . . edgy and dynamic. It’s a great way to kick off the year.”
Promoter Campbell Smith said the artists and crew were particularly looking forward to the Gisborne show.
“It is always one of our favourite Winery Tour stops — each year we look forward to the friendly crowds and great hospitality at Brunton Road,” he said. “Everybody comes for a good time, always ready to dance.”
■ Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013 will be on at Gisborne’s Brunton Road vineyard on February 5. Tickets available from November 5.
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