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2015 Summer Concert Dos and Don'ts

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The Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert presented by Greenstone Entertainment is almost here, and we want to make sure you're ready to rock. We know you're ready to hear songs like "Barracuda,” “Cold as Ice” and “Joy to the World,” performed live next to the winery, but have you thought about where to park, what time to arrive and what's allowed inside the concert venue?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We put together a list of concert dos and don’ts to make sure you have everything you need to rock out with us on 31 January at the largest music event in Queenstown.

Concert Do’s

Arrive Early: Unless you were lucky enough to snag one of the Wine Club Exclusive VIP Packages, seating for the concert is general admission. We suggest getting to the concert early so you can select your spot and get situated before the headlining acts take the stage. The concert venue opens at 11 a.m.

Know where to park: On-site car parking is available and accessible from Gibbston Highway. Look for signs directing where to go. The parking fee is a gold coin donation to a local community group.

Bring your ticket: Sometimes the simplest things are the easiest to forget, and everyone, including VIP Package holders, will be required to show their ticket upon entry. If you’ve purchased a VIP Package, please make sure to also bring your other concert credentials (lanyard and wristband) to access the VIP tent.

Bring the kids: This is an all ages event. The best part is, children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. 

Check the concert timetable: Nothing says concert fail like being in line for the Port-A-Loo, or worse using it, when you hear your favourite band take the stage. Luckily, this can easily avoided by consulting this timetable to see when the concert starts and who’s playing when.

Concert Timetable
10 a.m. Car park opens
11 a.m. Concert venue opens
11:30 a.m. Local artist
1 p.m. Three Dog Night
3 p.m. Foreigner 
5 p.m. Heart
6:30 p.m. Concert finishes

Pack a picnic: Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the venue, but if you don't feel like bringing something, no worries. There will also be a variety of local food vendors at the concert. A wide selection of Gibbston Valley Wines, beer and cider will also be available for purchase. No outside alcohol is allowed. Management reserves the right to search bags and coolers. Prohibited items will be confiscated.

Bring cash: If you plan on buying food and drinks, make sure to have plenty of cash on hand. Most vendors will not have card facilities at the venue. Cash out machines will be available, but to avoid waiting in line, it’s best to come prepared.

Bring a blanket and/or chairs:Seating for the concert is located on a grass field, and this is an all-day event. Blankets and chairs are allowed. If you’re bringing a chair, consider taking one that’s lower to the ground as to not interfere with the view of other concert goers who may be seated around you.

Prepare for the sun: Located on an open field, the concert site offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, but little shade. Make sure to bring sun block, sunglasses and a hat to help keep your cool after hours of rockin' out under the sun. Umbrellas are also allowed, but please be aware that you will be required to sit in a designated umbrella area.

Know your bus schedule: Below is the schedule for those who have pre-purchased transportation through Ticketek. Make sure to present your ticket to the driver for entry to the bus for both journeys:

Bus Schedule for Ticketek GA Tickets
Departures to the concert:  every 10 minutes from 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; departs from O’Connells Mall Camp St Queenstown to Gibbston Valley Winery main entrance, via pickups at Frankton Bus Shelter, Kawarau Rd and Arrowtown Bus Centre, Arrowtown
Return transfer from Gibbston: 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; departs from Gibbston Valley Winery main entrance for return to O’Connells Mall Camp St, Queenstown via drop offs at Arrowtown Bus Centre, Arrowtown and Frankton Bus Shelter, Kawarau Rd, Frankton. Coaches will continue until every person has returned

Know where to go:For general admission ticket holders, look for a spot in the grass and go for it. Seating is first come, first serve.

  • For VIP ticket holders, covered seating is located in the VIP tent situated on a hill at the back of the concert site. You’ll be required to show your lanyard and wrist band to enter. Once inside, you can take a seat at any open table.

  • For those in the corporate tents, look for the tent set up right next to the VIP tent. There will be someone at the entry checking credentials and directing you where to go.


Don’t Bring alcohol: No outside alcohol is permitted in the concert. Management reserves the right to check any coolers and bags on entry and any prohibited items will be confiscated.

Don’t Bring a grill: No cookers or fired are permitted on site. If you want to bring a picnic, don’t include anything that needs heat to serve.

Don’t Bring your dog: No animals area allowed except guide dogs.

Don’t Bring professional video or audio recording equipment: This includes long camera lens or other recording equipment. Any equipment discovered will be confiscated.

Don’t drink and drive: Make sure you organise transportation before the event. Overnight camping is not allowed. There will be taxi pick-up and drop-off points. If you’re travelling with a group, you might want to organise another option with a local transport company like Snag Bus.

For more general concert information and enquiries visit Greenstone Entertainment.

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