Big acts sign for Shotover music festival

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 17/10/2012

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Organisers of next February's Shotover Sunshine Festival have announced all but one of the headline acts to hit the stage at Queenstown's favorite contemporary music festival.

Festival boss and nationally prominent DJ Simon "Downtown Brown" Hendl yesterday announced New Zealand chart toppers Tiki Taane and Ladi 6 would join A Hori Buzz, Sola Rosa, the Sunshine Sound System and live drum and bass stalwarts The Upbeats onstage with previously announced act the Black Seeds.

"It's really exciting to announce such a heavyweight lineup," he said.

"There's another huge act act to be announced very soon and we're really stoked that for the 2013 festival we'll have an extended lighting and video installation to make optimal use of the extra hour of darkness afforded by our new 1am finish time."

The festival will take place on Saturday February 9 at a site near the banks of the Shotover River close to Arthurs Point.

This year festival-goers will have the chance to upgrade to a VIP area featuring a private marquee with upmarket bar and toilets, complimentary canapes plus indoor and outdoor lounge seating.

Festival punters will also be able to load cash onelectronic wristbands to pay for goods and services.

The inaugural Shotover Sunshine Festival was a sellout and proved to be the year's live-music highlight for the 5000 who attended from throughout Southland and Otago - yet was not without teething problems, something Mr Hendl was keen to address.

"We admit that waiting times for homeward buses were unacceptably long at the previous 2011 event. This year the bus fleet will be massively increased to more than 1000 seats per cycle, and the loading areas will be larger and marshalled really well."

Rounding out the lineup of national music heroes will be Southland and Queenstown acts Funkommunity, Rythmonix, SoulSystem and K-Lab, plus a live Kapa Haka performance.

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- The Southland Times

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