Stan Walker fans rushed to the stage screaming with joy when
he stepped on to perform at the Classic Hits Winery Tour on
Walker was a change from the laid-back sounds of Breaks Co-Op
who had opened the tour, and another change again were
headline act the Exponents.
The New Zealand rock band compelled about half the audience
to hit the grass dance floor up front, or dance on the spot
next to their picnic - and the rest of the crowd was at least
wiggling their feet.
Strong winds blew throughout the event and, looking towards
greying skies, Walker told the audience that people had said
to him there would be a storm but he was certain it would not
rain on the show.
And he was right.
However, it did rain hits, with Breaks Co-Op performing their
summer anthem from 2005, Other Side, and Australian
Idol winner Walker delighting mostly younger fans when he
announced he would go back to where it all started with
Then the Exponents blasted the hills of Gibbston from Waitiri
Creek with the well known hits Victoria, Why Does Love Do
This To Me, I'll Say Goodbye and Who Loves Who the
Most mixed in with other songs.