Doobies, Costello to front festival

02:15, Nov 29 2013
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello

A new music festival has been announced for Queenstown in April next year.

The Queenstown Blues and Roots Festival will be a one-day outdoor event featuring California rock band The Doobie Brothers, acclaimed singer- songwriter Elvis Costello and The Imposters, New Zealand favourites Fly My Pretties and The Black Seeds, blues musician King Leo and all-girl group The Johnnys, who deliver their own take on Johnny Cash songs.

Festival organisers are also planning a busking competition a week earlier, at Easter, in Queenstown, with the winner receiving a spot on the main stage at the festival.

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ENDURING BAND: The Doobie Brothers, from left, Tom Johnston, Tom Pia, Marc Russo, Pat Simmons, Ed Toth, John Cowan, John McFee and Guy Allison in Queenstown.

Organiser Grant Hilton and director Barry Ellis said up to 15,000 people are expected for the full day of music at the Queenstown Events Centre.

There would be something for everyone including locals and visitors on the Anzac Day weekend, they said.

"It's a massive boost to tourism at a quieter time of year."



What: Queenstown Blues and Roots Festival

Where: Queenstown Events centre

When: April 26, 2014

Tickets: Available from Monday at

The Southland Times