10,000 flock to Gibbston Valley concert

Organisers are happy with the turnout at the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert near Queenstown, despite big acts from Australia being forced to cancel due to Covid-19.

More than 10,000 people made their way to the 11th annual concert on Saturday. Warm weather greeted the crowds as a variety of New Zealand acts played throughout the afternoon. 

All performing as part of the Summer Concert Tour for the first time, the first main act of the day were 70s rockers Hello Sailor, followed by stellar* who released their first single in 1998. 

Boh Runga of stellar* at the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert. Photo: Clare Toia-Bailey...
Boh Runga of stellar* at the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert. Photo: Clare Toia-Bailey/Image Central
The Jordan Luck Band, headed by Jordan Luck of the Exponents, had the crowd rocking to Kiwi anthems Victoria, Why Does Love Do This To Me and I'll Say Goodbye

Dean Calvert. Image: The South Today
Dean Calvert. Image: The South Today

As the show rolled into the late afternoon and early evening, fans geared up for the final two acts of the day, Dragon and Gin Wigmore.

Some Australian acts had to be cancelled just two weeks before the concert due to and outbreak of Covid-19 across the Tasman.

But Greenstone Entertainment general manager Dean Calvert said he was happy with the turnout of 10,000 people.

"It is a smaller turnout - but at least we're out here having fun, enjoying live music again with friends and family.

"It's great to see the people come out. We're the only place in the world that can do this.  Other events have been cancelled in the last week around the world, but we're here and we're making it happen, so it's fantastic."

Mr Calvet hoped the event would help the Queenstown economy survive in the continued absence of overseas tourists.

"We support the local region and community - we've got 240 suppliers that we pay and support. And everyone relies on this sort of thing. 

"Queenstown more than anyone is probably going through tough times with the drop in tourism. So this is an important thing."

The Jordan Luck Band play to the crowd at the Gibbsston Valley Winery Summer Concert, in...
The Jordan Luck Band play to the crowd at the Gibbsston Valley Winery Summer Concert, in Queenstown. Photo: Clare Toia-Bailey/Image Central

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter