Winery Tour a hit
Over 3000 people attended the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour at the Mud House Winery and Cafe in Waipara on Saturday night.
Families danced together around picnic blankets to music from New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Wel, AnikaBoh&Hollie, The Adults and Fat Freddy's Drop.
South New Brighton resident Sarah Symon said her 4-year-old daughter was a "big fan'' of van Wel and had squealed throughout her "perfect'' performance.
"Clara is so talented. She was a joy to watch,'' Symon said.
"There should be more events like this where the whole family can enjoy music together in a beautiful family-friendly space.''
Erika and John Smith had taken their three young children especially to see AnikaBoh&Hollie, the new super girl group comprising Hollie Smith, Boh Runga and Anika Moa. Their set complemented the outdoor setting and mood with their entwined harmonies echoing amongst the vines.
Moa filled in for Julia Deans in The Adults as Deans had other musical commitments, and slotted in well alongside Shihad frontman Jon Toogood and Shayne Carter (Dimmer/Straitjacket Fits).
Moa brought her unique flavour to their sounds, the result was brilliant fun for both band and audience alike.
Fat Freddy's Drop got the biggest cheer from the crowd with their familiar mellow tracks and newer offerings off upcoming album Blackbird well received by all. The Wellington band was joined by Christchurch musician Aaron Tokona of Cairo Knife Fight and AHoriBuzz who leapt on stage for "a hoon'' on Smith's guitar.
This was the ninth in a series of 17 shows in a nationwide tour that ends in Hamilton on March 3 and concert co-promoter Brent Eccles said he was pleased to be back in one of his favourite spots.
"The sun came out and the best came out of the performers tonight at The Mud House Winery and Cafe. Great night, great crowds and great music, we can't wait to come back in 2014,'' he said.