The Winery Tour will bypass Dunedin next year because Forsyth
Barr Stadium is unavailable. promoter Campbell Smith says.
Mr Smith said the 2014 tour was bypassing Dunedin because the
Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) had booked the
stadium on the event's preferred dates.
''Orientation is on at the time and any available day we had,
we couldn't get in,'' Mr Smith said.
He hoped the tour would return to the stadium in 2015.
''We definitely don't want to abandon Dunedin. It was just
When the tour stopped at Dunedin in February he called the
stadium an ''oasis'' because he had spent years trying to
find a Dunedin venue that worked and the stadium had
''I loved it. It was a great show, a great crowd and a great
place to play but I can't play there if it's not available.''
The 2014 tour, which features the Exponents, Stan Walker and
Breaks Co-op, stops at Anderson Park, in Invercargill on
February 20, and at Waitiri Creek, in Gibbston the next day.
OUSA Events and Communications manager Dan Hendra said
Orientation Week had been held at the stadium the past two
years and next year the first event was on February 17. The
final event on February 22 would be the Highlanders v Blues
Super 15 rugby fixture.
''We have a multitude of events on during Orientation Week,
including the Hypnotist, top Kiwi comedians, and a number of
music nights with national and international acts.''
The initial line-up for the week would be released in
December, Mr Hendra said.
''All events, apart from the toga party are open to the
public, and we're confident the line-up will make for another
awesome week of entertainment for students and Dunedin
Mr Hendra said OUSA aimed to hold events that brought
together students and Dunedin residents.