Triple-treat concert heads for sellout

BROOKE GARDINER IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013
Bachman and Turner

Bachman and Turner are likely to play in front of a sellout crowd of 15,000 at Gibbston Valley Winery next weekend.

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Gibbston Valley's triple headline outdoor concert spearheaded by American rocker Pat Benatar has all but sold out, with just 200 tickets left.

Concertgoers have also been quick to snap up accommodation with only a handful of rooms available in Queenstown next Saturday night.

The concert, to be hosted at Gibbston Valley Winery next Saturday, will see top international acts Benatar and Neil Giraldo, America and Bachman and Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive play to a sellout crowd of 15,000.

Speaking from Auckland where she was waiting to welcome artists to New Zealand, Greenstone Entertainment chief executive Amanda Calvert said they were delighted to have almost sold out the third annual concert at the winery.

"We're only a couple of hundred tickets away from a sellout.

"We will be very happy if we get a sellout crowd," Mrs Calvert said.

The top international lineup with three headline acts, rather than two, had definitely helped with sales, she said.

With resource consent for a crowd of 15,000, Mrs Calvert said there was no chance they would make more tickets available. "We do have capacity at Gibbston for more but we know what the venue can cope with nicely and we would rather have 15,000 people comfortable and enjoying themselves than more squashed in."

The Gibbston concert will be the biggest of the four in the 2013 series, which includes gigs in Taupo, Matakana and Wellington. The Taupo concert is the second largest with a capacity of 12,000.

Regardless of whether the Gibbston Valley gig sells out, it will be larger than both previous concerts held at the site. In 2011 Dr Hook and Creedence Clearwater Revisited attracted 14,000 and The Doobie Brothers and Little River Band drew 12,000 in 2012.

Traffic flow wasn't expected to be an issue, Mrs Calvert said.

But those who are yet to sort tickets and accommodation may find themselves out of luck. Last minute accommodation website wotif.com listed just three room options under $400 for the night. The Heartland Hotel was the cheapest at $155, the Copthorne was next at $212 and the Creeksyde Motor Park $215. The next cheapest rooms available started at $400 and climbed to $1829.

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