Gibbston hosted the largest crowd of the nationwide Summer
Concert tour when more than 14,000 patrons from around the
South Island rocked to 10cc, Starship and Lynyrd Skynyrd on
People of all ages came equipped with chairs, picnic blankets
and sunhats, shrugging off the occasional drop of rain to
enjoy an afternoon of singing and dancing to songs they grew
Wakatipu High School four-piece rock band Bahip impressed
with its opening set.
Wanaka singer-songwriter and recording artist Jody Direen won
new fans with her country rock originals, plus a cover of You
Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.
English art school rockers 10cc delivered their hits
including The Things We Do For Love, Good Morning Judge, I'm
Not in Love, I'm Mandy Fly Me, The Wall Street Shuffle and an
a capella rendition of Donna.
They saved Dreadlock Holiday for the finale and changed the
lyrics to sing: ''I don't like Gibbston, I love it,'' which
pleased the audience.
Starship landed with Mickey Thomas and Stephanie Calvert,
wearing an All Blacks flag as a dress, trading harmonies as
The band performed Sara, Find Your Way Back and White Rabbit,
among other tracks, but revellers flocked to the mosh pit for
the power ballad Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and megahit We
Built This City.
''The city we're talking about is Queenstown and you know how
to rock 'n' roll,'' Thomas told the crowd.
New Zealand and Confederate flags from the American South
were flown when Lynyrd Skynyrd took the stage.
The rebel blues rock survivors played new material from their
2012 album Last of a Dyin' Breed but gave the people what
they wanted - the anthems Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.
St John Queenstown station manager and event commander Craig
Downing said yesterday ambulance officers attended to 35
concert patrons, ''only a small percentage'' of the crowd.
Most were treated for headaches, or overindulging in alcohol,
but six people were taken to Lakes District Hospital.
Two were treated for suspected minor fractures from falls.
The others were taken for assessment and treatment for
existing medical conditions.
Senior Constable Julian Cahill, of Queenstown, was one of
several uniformed officers on patrol at the concert site.
''The crowd were great, very well behaved. Just a shame in
the last hour we got involved in a couple of incidents which
required our attention,'' Snr Const Cahill said, in reference
to two alleged assaults by a 34-year-old Gore man outside the
concert venue on State Highway 6.
Gibbston Valley Wines chief executive Greg Hunt, of Wanaka,
said yesterday the event went well with no traffic problems
''The weather was not too hot and the bands responded to the
audience and we really had no issues.
''A great day.''
Event company Greenstone Entertainment chief executive Amanda
Calvert, of Warkworth, said about 14,000 people attended the
Gibbston Valley Winery concert and a total of about 34,000
for the three concerts.
''The weather in Queenstown was perfect; the bands and crowd
were fantastic and we are really happy with the outcome,'' Ms