Media Release: Thursday 20 September 2012
Greenstone Entertainment and Taupo Summer Concert Ltd Presents
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Bachman & Turner and America
Tickets go on sale Monday for the Summer Concert Series in Taupo, Matakana and Queenstown next February and promoters are reporting huge interest in headline acts Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Bachman & Turner and rock favourites America.
Promoter and CEO Amanda Calvert of Greenstone Entertainment said that phones have been ringing off the hook since last week’s announcement and she
credits the unprecedented response to a unique line-up performing in venues and locations that are fantastic holiday
“To be able to watch such iconic artists perform live and stay in some of New Zealand’s most picturesque destinations
makes for a great experience. These shows are great value - the entire afternoon with some of the world’s finest rock n
roll legends at only $85 for locals or $95 for others - and because the show is in the afternoon, day-trippers can save
by enjoying an early drive home” said Calvert.
This is the first year for Summer Concert Series in Matakana and John Baker, Proprietor of Matakana Country Park, is excited to host the show in the region. Baker said “We hope the Summer Concert Series becomes an annual event for Matakana and that more people discover what North of
Auckland – The Matakana Coast and Country (from Puhoi to Pakiri) has to offer – not just famous beaches and wineries,
but also amazing food and entertainment.”
Queenstown’s Gibbston Valley Winery CEO and partner in Greenstone Entertainment Greg Hunt said that two previous successful Queenstown concerts have seen Summer Concert Series firmly entrenched on the local entertainment calendar. He added “Our Queenstown venue is in a stunning setting with a natural amphitheatre and an iconic Central Otago backdrop and our
third year is set to be another capacity show. We have extended our range of wines to include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris,
Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and there’s no better way to spend a Central Otago summer’s day than sitting in the
sunshine and enjoying great international acts in a relaxing setting, with a glass of Gibbston Valley Winery’s best
offering in hand!”
Over 14,500 people enjoyed the inaugural Taupo event in February 2012 and Mayor Rick Cooper said “We are so pleased to welcome our international artists and support crew plus the incredible number of music fans to our
beautiful Amphitheatre and adjacent Riverside Park. We certainly hope they take a look around and enjoy the other
features that the Taupo District has to offer. We look forward to rocking good times and another full house in 2013”.
Three legends of music together in three legendary summer concerts –
Pat Benatar, along with hard-charging guitarist / producer Neil Giraldo and some of the most memorable hits of the 80’s era such as, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love Is A Battlefield, Heartbreaker, We Belong, Fire & Ice, We Live For Love, You Better Run and Invincible.
Randy Bachman and Fred Turner performing their vast catalogue hits like, Taking Care of Business, Hey You, My Wheels Won't Turn, Roll on Down the Highway and Looking Out for #1.
America with an impressive string of hits including A Horse with No Name, You Can Do Magic, I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don't Cross the River, Three Roses, Tin Man, Lonely People and Sister Golden Hair.
Don’t miss, Summer Concert Series –
Sat 16 Feb - the Amphitheatre, TAUPO
Sun 17 Feb – Matakana Country Park, Matakana, NORTH AUCKLAND
Sat 23 Feb - Gibbston Valley Winery, QUEENSTOWN
ON SALE Monday 24 September
Tickets: $95+bf with children aged under 12 FREE. Local ticket prices for residents are just $85+bf and available through local i-Sites and local venues but numbers are limited.
Refreshments: A wide range of quality food, beer and award winning Gibbston Valley wines will be available at each
event, but concert-goers are also able to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Times: Gates at 11am followed by a TBC NZ Support Act. America starts at 1pm, Bachman & Turner at 3pm and Pat Benatar at 5pm. Note that these times are subject to change.
Parking: Gold coin donation with proceeds to local schools.