Line-up revealed for Selwyn Sounds

Jimmy Barnes.
Jimmy Barnes.
Australasian heavyweights Jimmy Barnes and Jon Stevens will headline a star-studded act at next year’s Selwyn Sounds.

The line-up was announced yesterday for the annual iconic event at Lincoln Domain on Saturday, March 5.

Event promoter David Parlane said the travel bubble with Australia was great news for Selwyn Sounds.

“Jon is particularly pleased as he was booked for our 2021 event, but could not make it due to all the travel restrictions,” he said.

Choirboys will also be coming from across the Tasman.

Said Parlane: “They are still doing what they have always done best, play great Australian pub rock. From where they first started in 1978 to where they are now, so much has happened.

“They’ve had hit records, full houses, and travelled all over the world . . . living the rock ‘n’ roll dream.”

The other acts lining up at Selwyn Sounds are:
•Rietta Austin: From Rotorua, Austin has spent the last 20-plus years performing in the United Kingdom and Europe. Known as the Aotearoa Angel, she may not be known by many in New Zealand, but when you are asked to be the opening performer at the London O2 Arena, you are up there with the best. She has featured on an international compilation album, alongside legendary artists Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Maxwell, Dionne Warwick and Earth Wind And Fire. Other recordings include Bonnie Tyler, INXS and Sam Smith. In the UK, Austin appeared as  a support artist for Bryan Adams and Jocelyn Brown and on tour in Russia for Johnny Gill and Joe Cocker. She has recently signed a UK record deal with Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars Australia and NZ judge Craig Revel Horwood for a duets album to be released this year.

•Stella: They are Sony Music NZ’s highest selling Kiwi band, collecting eight New Zealand Music Awards along the way. All three albums charted within the top 10 of the NZ album chart, securing their status as a classic mainstay in the New Zealand music scene. They have performed at Selwyn Sounds before.

•Greg Johnson: “I’m excited to be home in New Zealand again, and to make my first appearance at the much-heralded Selwyn Sounds festival. The people of Canterbury have been very kind to me over the years and I can’t wait to play for them at this great event,” Johnson said.

•Ardijah: From Otara, South Auckland.

•Tickets are now on sale at

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