Keen to jam with Exponents

19:00, Feb 26 2014
Mitch Alderlieste
On stage: Blenheim guitarist Mitch Alderlieste can’t wait to perform with Kiwi band The Exponents.

A Blenheim teenager who has won the chance to play guitar and sing with The Exponents on Saturday hopes to get a chance to practise with the band before he goes on stage.

Mitch Alderlieste, guitarist for Blenheim band Arm the Reckless, won the chance to perform Who Loves Who the Most with the band at the Classic Hits Winery Tour in Marlborough after entering a radio competition.

The 17-year-old, who works at Ken Ham's MusicWorks in Blenheim, is more excited than nervous about playing with the headlining act.

Stan Walker
ON SONG: Stan Walker was a popular act at the Winery Tour.

"I'm OK now," he said. "The nerves normally start to kick in right before I go on."

It will be the biggest audience he has played to, with up to 2000 people turning out to watch the show at the Villa Maria Winery in Fairhall.

Mr Alderlieste has been practising the song, off the Exponents' top-selling 1992 album Something Beginning with C, every day since he learned he won the contest about three weeks ago.


WINERY TOUR: The Exponents

"I've been going over the song, making sure I can sing the notes," he said. "I think I've got it now."

The musician will go backstage when he gets to the show about 5pm and hopes to get a chance to have a "bit of a jam" with the band before he goes on.

The band will follow Stan Walker and Breaks Co-Op, who are returning to the stage for the first time since their hit The Otherside a few years ago.

Tour co-promoter Campbell Smith said all three acts complemented each other.

"People think it's a weird bunch of bands we've put together, but it works," he said.

Breaks Co-Op's cruisy sound got people in the right vibe, followed by Stan Walker who appealed to the younger crowd, Mr Smith said.

The Exponents came on and turned the show into a big party, he added.

Tickets had been selling well but there were still some available, he said.

The show starts at 6pm and ends at 10pm.

Tickets are on sale at, and One child under 12 will get in free with an adult ticket-holder. Tickets cost $75 and $85 on the day.

The Marlborough Express