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Gibbston 2014 Summer Concert Recap

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On 15 February the 2014 Summer Concert Tour, presented by Greenstone Entertainment, wrapped up with the final performance of the season taking place at the concert site located about two kilometres from Gibbston Valley Winery.

Classic rock headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and 10cc rocked out to a crowd of about 15,000 fans, making the Gibbston Summer Concert Queenstown's largest music event for the fourth year in a row. The Summer Concert Tour also marked the first time Lynyrd Skynryd has performed in New Zealand.

Flanked by Central Otago’s rugged mountains and the Kawarua River, Gibbston Valley’s concert space is an ideal setting for an outdoor music event. Audience members get to experience live music in a natural amphitheatre complete with awe-inspiring scenery as the backdrop.

The concert gates opened at 11 a.m. with crowds of eager fans pouring into the site to see the legendary classic rock line-up take the stage in Gibbston. Within the hour, the grass seating area was covered in picnic blankets, chairs and chilly bins, by enthusiastic guests settling in for a day of non-stop rock ’n’ roll hits.

Young Queenstown band Bahip opened the show followed by budding country music starlet Jody Direen from Wanaka.

CLASSIC ROCK TAKES CENTER STAGE

British rock band 10cc was the first of the headlining acts to take the stage performing their repertoire of classic rock hits including “Dreadlock Holiday” and “The Things We Do For Love.”

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas were next to perform and got the crowd amped with their chart-topping rock anthems including “Jayne” and “We Built This City.”

Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd where the final band to perform, drawing concert goers of all ages to the front of the stage with their timeless hits including, “Gimme Three Steps,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Saturday Night Special.” With every song the crowd went wild.

Kiwis were in the mood for some Southern Rock, and Lynyrd Skynyrd delivered at the 2014 Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert Tour. The show ended on a high note with an encore performance of “Free Bird.”

Along with the classic rock music hits, the event featured food provided by various local vendors and drinks, including Gibbston Valley Wine.

The winery also hosted a Tasting Tent where concert goers were able to taste award-winning Pinot Noirs including the 2012 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir and two vintages from the winery’s premium Single Vineyard Range, the 2012 Gibbston Valley China Terrace and the 2012 Gibbston Valley School House.

Vintage showcase

The wine accolades for these vintages include:

  • 2012 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir: Pure Gold 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Highest-rated wine by Decanter magazine in 2013 Central Otago wine panel

  • 2012 China Terrace: “Outstanding” rating Decanter magazine

  • 2012 Gibbston Valley School House: Pure Gold 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Wine tasting is one thing, but being able to try these award-winning vintages while listening to a live classic rock sound track is all part of the Gibbston Summer Concert experience.

VIP Concert Experience

Gibbston Valley Wine Club members had it made in the shade at the concert with access to the VIP tent where they enjoyed complimentary food and beverages throughout the event. Access to the tent was available through the winery's VIP concert packages offered exclusively to Wine Club members. Located on a hilltop overlooking the concert crowd, members received VIP treatment and a prime view of the stage.

Planning for the 2015 Summer Concert Series is already underway, and only time will tell who’s going to be headlining at what’s sure to be another stellar event in the upcoming summer season.

With the stunning scenery, food, drinks and non-stop rock ’n’ roll, the Gibbston Summer is an experience you won’t want to miss. English rocker and 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn said it best.

“The Gibbston Winery was possibly the most beautiful setting for a gig I have ever played,” said Fenn.

“The sound system was mighty and the technical support, the hospitality and of course the Queenstown crowd were all magnificent. It will always be a very special memory, and I hope we can come back very soon," said Fenn.

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