Queenstown favourite Tiki Taane says he is looking forward
to performing at the 2013 Shotover Sunshine Festival. Photo
Tiki Taane says he cannot wait to ''come down and party
with all you beautiful people'' at the Shotover Sunshine
Festival near Queenstown on February 9.
The platinum selling singer-songwriter brings his acclaimed
acoustic set to the bill for up to 5000 revellers at the
second biennial homegrown festival.
Taane said the venue for the open-air stage was ''the most
amazing setting, the most wicked music, awesome family and
friend vibes, this is the 'bestival' of the year, my
favourite, favourite festival. Believe!''
Queenstown organisers announced more enhancements to the
festival experience this week.
The 2013 festival is offering VIP tickets at $250 each, which
gives ticket holders priority parking and a well-positioned
private marquee with views of the main stage, fitted by
It will boast first-class bar and bathroom facilities, free
canapes plus indoor and outdoor lounge seating.
Guests wanting an extra element of style and convenience can
fly into the festival with Helitours for $105 per person.
In another first for Queenstown, festival-goers will use a
radio-frequency identification wristband system to pay for
goods and services.
Food, beverage and merchandise can all be purchased by
swiping the wristband at the point of sale without needing to
carry cash, or a wallet.
Ticket holders can visit Dash Tickets online to register
their wristband account.
The wristband is also the festival pass and will be issued
upon entry. Wristbands can be loaded with money wirelessly
from any web device, such as a smartphone, before or during
the event, or from recharging stations on site. Unused credit
Kiwi dub roots sibling rockers Kora will headline the
festival, closely followed by the dub funk afrobeat and soul
collective the Black Seeds. Ladi 6, Sola Rosa, AHoriBuzz, the
Upbeats with MC Tiki, Sunshine Sound System, Funkommunity,
Peacekeepers featuring P-Digsss, Bora and Nicky Research,
Soulsystem, Rhythmonyx, K+Lab and Analog MC and Turbohag,
with host MC KPz, deliver the good times from noon to 1am.
Earlybird and first-release tickets have sold out, but
final-release tickets are available from the festival
Ticket and accommodation packages available through Shotover
Lodge have almost sold out. A new accommodation partner will
be announced this week.
Organiser Simon Hendl said Shotover Sunshine Festival ''is a
celebration of the many things for which we are thankful.
''Awesome New Zealand music, culture and landscape, Waitangi
unity, and the birth of Bob Marley.''