Doobies, Costello to front festival
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.
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 queenstownbluesandrootsfestival.co.nz
The Southland Times