Tuesday, 20 November 2018

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International bands returning to Whitianga

International bands returning to Whitianga

Anniversary weekend next year will see three well-known international bands perform at a concert at the Whitianga Waterways arena in Whitianga. The concert is the result of negotiations between Peter Abrahamson, the manager of Whitianga Waterways, and Amanda Calvert of Greenstone Entertainment, an internationally recognized concert promoter known for hosting concerts in breath-taking locations around New Zealand.

Greenstone Entertainment has brought to New Zealand in recent years some of the world’s most famous artists, including Pat Benatar, Creedence Clearwater Revival, 10cc, America, Bachman Turner, Dr Hook, Starship and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

"The concert in Whitianga will be held on Saturday, 25 January," said Peter. "It’s one of three concerts the international bands will perform at. The other two will be at Gibbston Valley Winery outside Queenstown and at the Taupo Amphitheatre.

"We cannot name the bands yet, but they are top class, it will be a great line-up.

"I personally think that it’s fantastic that we could secure an international concert for Whitianga again. The last one in 2012, when we had Little River Band and the Doobie Brothers here, attracted more than 12,000 people to town. We hope this time around that we’ll get more than 15,000.

"Events, whether it’s the Scallop Festival or fishing tournaments or something else, are what make Whitianga and our whole area tick. We really are the perfect location for international concerts, a great setting and close to Auckland and Hamilton. We are looking at a long term relationship with Greenestone Entertainment and are sure more concerts will follow."

Peter expects that the names of the bands that will perform at the concert will be announced in the coming weeks.

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