Taane ready to party

Queenstown favourite Tiki Taane says he is looking forward to performing at the 2013 Shotover...
Queenstown favourite Tiki Taane says he is looking forward to performing at the 2013 Shotover Sunshine Festival. Photo supplied.
Tiki Taane says he cannot wait to ''come down and party with all you beautiful people'' at the Shotover Sunshine Festival near Queenstown on February 9.

The platinum selling singer-songwriter brings his acclaimed acoustic set to the bill for up to 5000 revellers at the second biennial homegrown festival.

Taane said the venue for the open-air stage was ''the most amazing setting, the most wicked music, awesome family and friend vibes, this is the 'bestival' of the year, my favourite, favourite festival. Believe!''

Queenstown organisers announced more enhancements to the festival experience this week.

The 2013 festival is offering VIP tickets at $250 each, which gives ticket holders priority parking and a well-positioned private marquee with views of the main stage, fitted by Orange Group.

It will boast first-class bar and bathroom facilities, free canapes plus indoor and outdoor lounge seating.

Guests wanting an extra element of style and convenience can fly into the festival with Helitours for $105 per person.

In another first for Queenstown, festival-goers will use a radio-frequency identification wristband system to pay for goods and services.

Food, beverage and merchandise can all be purchased by swiping the wristband at the point of sale without needing to carry cash, or a wallet.

Ticket holders can visit Dash Tickets online to register their wristband account.

The wristband is also the festival pass and will be issued upon entry. Wristbands can be loaded with money wirelessly from any web device, such as a smartphone, before or during the event, or from recharging stations on site. Unused credit is refundable.

Kiwi dub roots sibling rockers Kora will headline the festival, closely followed by the dub funk afrobeat and soul collective the Black Seeds. Ladi 6, Sola Rosa, AHoriBuzz, the Upbeats with MC Tiki, Sunshine Sound System, Funkommunity, Peacekeepers featuring P-Digsss, Bora and Nicky Research, Soulsystem, Rhythmonyx, K+Lab and Analog MC and Turbohag, with host MC KPz, deliver the good times from noon to 1am.

Earlybird and first-release tickets have sold out, but final-release tickets are available from the festival website.

Ticket and accommodation packages available through Shotover Lodge have almost sold out. A new accommodation partner will be announced this week.

Organiser Simon Hendl said Shotover Sunshine Festival ''is a celebration of the many things for which we are thankful.

''Awesome New Zealand music, culture and landscape, Waitangi unity, and the birth of Bob Marley.''

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