Country beat for party

New Year's Eve party

CHE BAKER IN WANAKA
Last updated 11:35 11/12/2013
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Country queens: The Heartleys members Taylor Cairns and Kayla Martin, Wanaka singer Jody Direen adn 2013 Gold Guitar winner Kaylee Bell who will take part in the part at Lake Hawea for New Year's Eve.

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Grab your cowboy boots and start practising your dance moves because New Zealand's up-and-coming and seasoned country music artists are planning a night to remember.

Rural TV executive producer Sarah Perriam, who formerly ran the Luggate pub, said organisers were ''mustering everyone together'' to take part in the New Year's Eve event, dubbed The Branding, at the Lake Hawea Hotel.

''It's the ultimate party I want to be organising,'' Miss Perriam said.

The night will feature country artists The Heartleys, Jody Direen, Maggie Ruddenklau, Kaylee Bell, Cam Scott and Aaron Jury with some pop and rock music mixed in.

It was hoped the night would showcase the ''sassy and sexiness'' country music had in other parts of the world, such as Nashville, Miss Perriam said.

''To be rural New Zealand and to be country doesn't mean you're not modern and hip.''

The evening will be hosted by the ''eccentric'' Rural TV presenter Tim Black and Jo Holley, who helped judge this year's Miss Universe New Zealand, Miss Perriam said.

Tickets to the event were being snapped up fast and those wanting to attended needed to get in quick as door sales could not be confirmed.

Transport will be on offer to those saying in Wanaka and Albert Town but those wanting to camp-out for the night can do so on-site.

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- The Mirror

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