Kiwi Icons Sign On For New Coromandel Concert

Friday 11 January 2013, 11:12AM

A legendary group of Kiwi musicians will headline Shades of Summer 2013 – a brand new outdoor concert that will be held at Whitianga next Easter.

Dave Dobbyn, Opshop, Greg Johnson and the Dukes are expected to draw a huge crowd to Whitianga Waterways, one of the most stunning outdoor venues in New Zealand. They’ll perform on Easter Saturday (March 30) throughout the afternoon and early evening in what promises to be a fantastic weekend getaway and the perfect way to farewell summer.

Musician Greg Johnson says the outdoor afternoon show has become a real Kiwi summer tradition. “The laidback summer vibe suits my music really well and we’re excited to be on this excellent bill.”

Shades of Summer 2013 will be one of the only opportunities to see Dave Dobbyn perform alongside some of New Zealand’s finest singer/songwriters this summer and those looking to attend are encouraged to take advantage of pre-sale tickets.

Shades of Summer 2013 is brought to you by Jump Entertainment, who last year brought international acts the Doobie Brothers and Little River Band to Whitianga.

Jump Entertainment promoter, Mark Millar, says Shades of Summer will be an annual Coromandel concert and is set to become a must-see event for people who love good music.

“Whitianga is the perfect venue for an outdoor gig of this caliber. It’s an easy drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and the stunning waterway canals and Coromandel ranges offer an awesome backdrop to this event.

“People who want to make the most of a long Easter weekend will be able to enjoy some of the most iconic Kiwi musicians and fresh new talent New Zealand has to offer. Whitianga Waterways and Lake Chalice wines are sponsoring the event, and there will be a wide range of premium food and drink available from a diverse range of providers,” Millar says.

The concert venue will open at 12 noon, with the Dukes scheduled to perform at 1pm, followed by Greg Johnson at 2pm, Opshop at 3pm, and Dave Dobbyn at 5pm. Millar says the show will go ahead rain or shine, and people are welcome to bring their own picnic food, blankets and chairs.

Tickets are on sale from December 20th from Ticketek and all Coromandel iSites. Early bird tickets cost $65 until 20th January and are $75 thereafter, while gate sales are $80. One child under the age of 11 will be admitted free with one paying adult.