School band ready for the big time

Photo by Christina McDonald.
Photo by Christina McDonald.

Wakatipu High School pupils (from left) Theo Baumfield (14), Will Gloag (15), Samuel Kelly (15) and Yuta Honda (15) are polishing their act as they prepare to open for Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc and Starship next month.

The teenagers' rock band, Bahip, was chosen to play at the Summer Concert Tour's Gibbston Valley Winery show on February 15.

Having only been informed of their planned appearance in front of their largest audience to date a few days ago, they can be forgiven for saying the success has not yet sunk in.

However, they are not new to important gigs - they performed on the Earnslaw Park stage on New Year's Eve and have also appeared at the Winter Festival The band is promising some rock classics at the Gibbston Valley gig.

Wanaka country rock singer Jody Direen will also perform.

Winery chief executive Greg Hunt said the winery was working with police to ensure traffic leaving the grass car parks moved quicker than last year after the show's end.