Lone dancer unites crowd

JESSICA MADDOCK
Last updated 10:23 20/02/2013

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REVIEW: Tuesday night became the new Saturday as hundreds partied at the annual Winery Tour concert near Queenstown last night.

The mountains surrounding the Gibbston Valley, brilliant sunshine and scorching temperatures created a perfect setting for the Classic Hits-sponsored show at Waitiri Creek winery, with Fat Freddy's Drop supported by Anika, Boh and Hollie, The Adults and Clara van Wel.

A lone dancer throughout 15-year-old New Zealand's Got Talent winner van Wel's set soon grew to a hundred or more during The Adults' show, with frontman Jon Toogood telling a group of children at the family-friendly gig they were rocking so hard that he broke his guitar.

Performing with Julia Deans and Shayne Carter, Toogood's onstage antics were almost as entertaining as their music, at one stage leaping atop a stack of speakers as stage crew members kept them upright. 

The great, easy combination of Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith bought hundreds of other dancers of all ages out of the woodwork.

The trio - whose great friendship was obvious - performed individual classics, as well as songs from their new album, Peae of Mind.

Like The Adults, the trio looked like they were having a great time on stage midway through the 17-gig tour, which has seen them play at eight North Island venues, Waipara in Canterbury and Dunedin.

Dub reggae band Fat Freddy's Drop headlined the four and a half hour show, which now moves to Nelson, where two gigs are scheduled including one which has already sold out, and Blenheim.

The tour then returns to the North Island to play in Tauranga and Auckland, before finishing the tour in Hamilton on March 3.

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- The Southland Times

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