Australian ''soul queen'' Renee Geyer, announced as a
headline act in the 2013 Queenstown International Jazz and
Blues Festival, at Labour Weekend. Photo supplied.
Australian ''soul queen'' Renee Geyer will be headlining
at the inaugural Queenstown International Jazz and Blues
Festival, being held next month.
The festival, which replaces the previous Queenstown Jazz
Festival, will run from October 24 to 27 across the Wakatipu.
Festival director Billy Te Kahika, also known as Billy TK Jr,
said the organisers had put ''a lot of effort'' into
programming and selecting the artists, describing the
musicians heading to the resort as ''simply excellent''.
''This fact along with amazing Queenstown as the backdrop,
the close proximity of venues and affordable ticketed events
means an incredible weekend for people who love great music.
''Having Renee Geyer as our headliner act is a great coup.''
Geyer, regarded as the ''Down under Queen of Soul'', has had
hit albums and songs on both sides of the Tasman, including
Shaky Ground, It Only Happens and Say You
Love Me, along with highly acclaimed jazz soul albums in
She and her four-piece band would give a one-night-only
performance at the festival with TK Jr and United Kingdom
blues maestro Paul Ubana Jones.
TK Jr, who has just toured Europe and the United States
promoting his new album Blues Benediction, said the
hub of the festival would be at the Steamer Wharf, with CBD
venues to provide for free and ticketed events, along with a
special gala event.
''The festival has everything - a gala event featuring the
best artists not in the general programme ... a free
programme around town to enjoy as you walk around and special
night gigs that are ticketed that will feature jamming and
fun not seen in the light of day; the classic late-night
scene that you will want to be at.''
Other artists would include Mahia Blackmore, the King Leo
Blues Band, the Federation and jazz singers Lorraine Haville,
Margaret Umbers and BlackSandDiva.