The Queenstown Winter Festival is back for its 44th year and is kicking off the 4 day party with with a hauntingly beautiful torchlight procession through the streets and a traditional Maori welcome. Adding to the visual feast, the festival stage will now be in a new location adjacent to the beachfront creating a magical atmosphere against the backdrop of Lake Wakatipu.
With a 100% NZ music philosophy for the 2018 festival, new Festival Director Rae Baker has curated a collection of critically acclaimed, yet popular, Kiwi artists that will have wide appeal across a broad spectrum of demographics.
“As one of New Zealand’s iconic events, we have the opportunity to showcase the talent we have in the country as well as springboard artists who are less well known. We’ve gathered together some brilliant Kiwi artists to celebrate with us in true Queenstown Winter Festival style,” says Baker.
Among the stellar line up are well known names Tiki Taane, Maala, Leisure, The Black Seeds and The Feelers, who are celebrating their 25thanniversary tour. This year two new live music venues, Memorial Centre and The Sherwood Hotel, will host some of the country’s coolest acts including L.A.B., Yoko-Zuna, Nadia Reid, Hollie Smith and local band the Killergrams.
Of course the Festival is more than just music and the lineup wouldn’t be complete without the classic favourites that have delighted crowds over the last 43 years.
With Cardrona as the new host mountain, festival goers will experience a brand new mountain village experience including iconic events like the Monteith’s Dog Derby and the canine hilarity that is the dog barking contest. This year the Festival will also introduce fresh events such as snow tubing, a snow skate slalom and the Macpac Tour de Cardies.
Where: Earnslaw Park or up at Cardrona Alpine Resort
When: Thursday 21 June to Sunday 24 June 2018
Visit www.winterfestival.co.nz for more information.