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Taupo Turns It On for Sold Out Taupo Summer Concert

Published: Sat 28 Jan 2017 11:10 PM
Media Release Saturday 28 January 2017
After a 16,000 strong sell-out crowd in the snow-capped mountains of Queenstown last weekend, the annual Summer Concert Tour today moved onto its next sold out show when 15,000 fans descended on Taupo Amphitheatre for the 6th year of the Taupo Summer Concert today.
Warm and sunny summer conditions greeted international acts ICEHOUSE, Alan Parsons Live Project & Bonnie Tyler as they played the second of three shows in the tour, following a unique chance yesterday to get up close to the artists when they did a public signing session at My Music Taupo.
Headlining todays concert, legendary Aussie rockers ICEHOUSE, headed by Iva Davies, are celebrating their 40th anniversary and will play hit after hit song including their name sake “Icehouse”, plus what are sure to be favourites with the crowd “Can’t Help Myself, We Can Get Together, Hey Little Girl, Electric Blue, & Great Southern Land”.
Providing the opportunity for local New Zealand artists to perform to audiences of this scale, organisers this year offered the opening sets of the day to Paul Foulds who were followed by Jam Dr as concert goers set themselves up for the day with their rugs, chilly bins and sunscreen.
With the picturesque back drop of the Waikato River in the background, Bonnie Tyler took to the stage at 1pm and again had the front of stage people dancing along to her massive hits, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart, It’s A Heartache and Holding Out For A Hero”, as well as some great renditions of other artists songs including Tina Turner and The Bee Gees.
Alan Parsons Live Project, featuring Alan Parsons himself, along with lead singer PJ Olsson, and Tood Cooper on saxophone, played mid-afternoon taking people back to the 70’s with the likes of “Eye In The Sky, Games People Play, Damned If I Do, Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether”.
Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment comments, “Two Saturday’s and two sell-out shows, we can’t thank all the fans enough for coming along to support these fantastic artists who make the long journey to New Zealand to share their first class talent with us all. We now move onto the final show of the tour in the amazing Whitianga. There will be limited tickets available at the gate for $99 but you’ll need to be quick as we expect this to sell out as well.”
Whitianga Summer Concert
Whitianga Waterways Arena
Sunday 29 January 2017

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