Jones concert ‘phenomenal’

Singer-songwriter Grace Jones performs at her first New Zealand show in Queenstown on Friday....
Singer-songwriter Grace Jones performs at her first New Zealand show in Queenstown on Friday. Photo: Lauren Constable
The organiser of the Grace Jones concert in Queenstown has described the gig as "phenomenal".

Alex Turnbull told the Otago Daily Times the Jamaican singer-songwriter travelled with an entourage of 24 people and that there was a costume change after every song.

"I think everyone that saw the show was blown away. The only word to describe it is phenomenal.

"We were very lucky she played for almost two hours, which she wasn’t scheduled to do. She obviously felt very comfortable and it is a credit to the team involved. On our side we are stoked it was a very professional show with no hitches."

The former James Bond actress played Queenstown Events Centre on Friday night before headlining Auckland City Limits on Saturday, both part of her New Zealand and Australian tour. It is the first time she has performed in New Zealand and the Wakatipu event, a total of 2000 tickets, sold out in under 24 hours.

Mr Turnbull, who is also director of Cardrona’s Rhythm & Alps music festival, promised to bring more acts of her calibre to the resort.

"They will be selected very carefully but after that model of Grace Jones working so well, we want to do a lot more."

He had been negotiating with her management for several years to bring her to the region.

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