Mitch's amazing' night with legends

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 07:04 03/03/2014

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Classic Hits Winery Tour concertgoers in Marlborough had a great time on Saturday night, but it was a particularly special night for one Blenheim teen.

Mitch Alderlieste, 17, got to play with The Exponents after winning a radio competition run by Classic Hits.

The guitarist for Blenheim's Arm the Reckless played Who Loves Who the Most with the legendary Kiwi band.

Mitch, who works at Ken Ham's MusicWorks, has been playing guitar for six years and is recording his debut solo album.

"To say that performing with The Exponents was awesome would be an understatement," he said. "This was the single most amazing thing I have ever done."

More than 1300 music fans enjoyed the sun, songs and sav on Saturday night.

Chart topper Stan Walker offered up well known hits like Black Box and Bulletproof and newer songs from his new album Inventing Myself.

Breaks Co-Op returned to the stage for the first time since their massive hit The Otherside ruled the airwaves and singles chart a few years ago.

Their cruisy sound and velvet vocals proved a hit with the crowd.

The Exponents' live act, a rite of passage for any Kiwi, closed the concert.

The Blenheim leg was the final of the 16-show nationwide tour.

Concert co-promoter Campbell Smith said the night at Villa Maria had been the perfect way to close the tour. "[It was] another wonderful night at one of our favourite venues. The crowd came with their singing voices and the bands put on their best performances to say farewell to the Winery Tour 2014."

 

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- The Marlborough Express

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