Concert ends on high note

Rocking beats galvanise vineyard

NAOMI ARNOLD
Last updated 12:00 23/02/2013

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They came armed with picnics, blankets and a willingness to dance.

Music and wine lovers were lining up an hour before the gates at Upper Moutere's Neudorf Vineyards opened yesterday hoping to nab a prime spot for the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour.

More than 1500 people packed the picturesque outdoor venue to see Fat Freddy's Drop, AnikaBoh&Hollie, The Adults and New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Wel.

The Winery Tour was first held at Neudorf, which organisers say is the event's "spiritual home".

Opening act, Marlborough teen singing sensation Clara van Wel, said Nelson was "my honorary Blenheim for the night". "It feels so good to be this close to home," she said, before launching into her songs Speak My Name, Someone and Beautiful, her new single.

A few keen concert goers were up and dancing by the second song of The Adults' set, One Million Ways, with Julia Deans reverting to rock mode after her orchestral turn at Opera in the Park a week ago. Joining her were Jon Toogood, Shayne Carter on lead guitar, and Steve Bremner on drums.

During song Short Change, Toogood unleashed a hint of his impeccable rock credentials, leaping the crowd barrier and gyrating until his guitar came unplugged.

"It's an absolutely beautiful setting to be playing rock'n'roll," he said.

The Adults ended their set with Nothing to Lose, co-written with Ladi6, and then Anika Moa, Boh Runga, and Hollie Smith took to the stage in their newish group incarnation. They played a few originals and an old favourite each - Runga's Part of Me, Smith's Bathe in the River and Moa's hit love song Dreams in My Head.

Fat Freddy's Drop then rounded off the night with some favourite hits, which had most dancing.

Concert goers Alexis Rappe and Celine Bouchard, from Belgium and Quebec, respectively, had just arrived in Motueka to start apple picking. They were there to enjoy Fat Freddy's Drop in the band's native setting, after missing them at a festival in Belgium.

Nelson's Dawn Gauthier and Hudson Dodd were also enjoying themselves. "It's a beautiful example of Nelson being a city of subdued excitement," Ms Gauthier said.

Concert co-promoter Brent Eccles said he was pleased to be back in one of his favourite spots with the near full house. "[It's] a great mixture of young, old, and families." The sold-out show is on again tonight.

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