Moa heads for the Hills as golfers call it a day

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2013
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Top Kiwi songstress Anika Moa will headline the in-tournament concert at the NZ Open.

Open Sounds - an open air concert - will be held at jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill's self-titled Arrowtown golf course, The Hills, on the Saturday night of the 2014 NZ Open championship.

The tournament runs from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 2.

Promising local artist Holly Arrowsmith will also feature in the concert, which will be run in conjunction with Queenstown winery Amisfield, and start as golf play finishes for the day.

NZ Open tournament director Michael Glading said the launch of Open Sounds was an important element in the constant evolution of the tournament.

"We're thrilled to announce Open Sounds and welcome Amisfield on board as the official wine sponsor," he said.

"We promised to build this event annually and increase the entertainment, social, food and wine factor.

"We think we've done that yet again and we're privileged to have Anika Moa, such an amazingly successful Kiwi artist, as next year's headline act."

Moa is no stranger to spending time in Queenstown, having played many memorable small gigs in the past few years as well as headlining big winery concerts.

She was last in the resort in May to play a small private fundraiser along with friend, occasional band mate and fellow well-known songstress Hollie Smith.

Moa's fifth studio album is scheduled for release in the first half of 2014.

Organisers are expecting over 20,000 people to attend the four-day event and urge people to "get in quick for tickets".

On the golfing side of the tournament, three of world cricket's major players, ex-Australian captains Ricky Ponting and Allan Border will be teeing off along with ex-Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming.

Tickets to the NZ Open are on sale now via Ticketek.

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