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Travel restrictions in Australia means this month’s Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert near Queenstown will be an all-New Zealand affair.
Organiser Greenstone Entertainment announced yesterday The Angels, Pseudo Echo and Mi-Sex were no longer able to travel to New Zealand for the January 23 show and concerts in Taupo and Whitianga the following weekend.
They have been replaced by New Zealand acts The Jordan Luck Band, Stellar and Hello Sailor, who join the already-announced Gin Wigmore and Dragon.
Chief executive Amanda Calvert said the change in line-up had been forced by tightened travel restrictions in Australia as a result of fresh Covid-19 outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria.
"We are in a fortunate and unique position here in New Zealand. However, for the Australian-based artists, it has made it difficult for them to be here given Australia has seen an increase in travel restrictions ...", Ms Calvert said.
The three New Zealand bands had been happy to "jump in" and support the tour.
She said ticket sales for the Gibbston concert had been strong to date and organisers were expecting "another huge turnout".
Asked if ticketholders could get a refund if they were not satisfied with the new line-up, she referred the Otago Daily Times to the company’s website, which gives information on how to resell tickets, for a $20 fee, through its ticketing provider.