Countdown on to festival

The countdown is on for the first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival on Saturday, April 26 - a one-day outdoor event featuring a spectacular line-up of national and international acts.

To celebrate the inaugural concert at the Queenstown Events Centre, the promoters and the Queenstown Times are offering a free double pass to the lucky reader whose name is the first to be drawn from the hat.

Headlining the day will be California rock band the Doobie Brothers, along with British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and the Imposters, New Zealand collaborative group Fly My Pretties, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul group the Black Seeds, veteran blues musician King Leo and all-girl group the Johnnys, who deliver Johnny Cash songs.

The non-stop, full production music festival is due to begin at 11am, with the first act on stage from noon.

Up to 15,000 people are expected to attend.

An array of Wakatipu food, beer, wine and market stalls will also be on site.


Win tickets

Tickets for the first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival are on sale now, but you can be in to win two free tickets by entering the Queenstown Times giveaway.

• Email your name and daytime telephone number, with ''Queenstown Blues and Roots Festival'' as the subject, to by Friday at noon. The first name drawn will win the two tickets and will be notified on Friday.


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