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Don Mcglashan To Perform At 25th Wine Festival

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8 November 2007

Don Mcglashan To Perform At 25th Marlborough Wine Festival

• New Zealand music icon Don McGlashan to perform
• Marlborough Wine Festival promises to be biggest ever
• Date set February 9, 2008
• 25th Anniversary of New Zealand’s longest running wine festival

Twenty five years after the first Wine Marlborough Festival, the 2008 event promises to be the biggest ever.

With more than 50 wineries displaying hundreds of wines, the 25th anniversary festival will take place on February 9 next year.

The Marlborough winegrowing region has changed dramatically since the festival began back in 1984, when there were only three boutique wineries and three major Auckland based companies. These days the region boasts ten times more wineries and is New Zealand’s most significant wine growing region.

While show casing the wines is the aim of the festival, organisers are also keen to promote home-grown talent. Renowned singer-songwriter Don McGlashan will be one of the three main acts on the day.

As a former member of Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn and a founder of the Mutton Birds, McGlashan is one of the icons of New Zealand music. His debut solo album Warm Hand was released last year, to critical acclaim. He was also responsible for the score of Toa Fraser’s feature film No 2, and is currently working on the score for the television series Orange Roughies.

Another major act on the day will be promising young band Kora, whose self titled debut album hit number one on the charts, within days of being released last month.

Back by popular demand to join Kora and Don McGlashan will be the Beat Girls with their inimitable retro music mix.

One more major act is expected to be announced before Christmas.

The Wine Marlborough Festival will be held at Montana’s Brancott Estate, one of the most beautiful vineyards in the country. Surrounded by some of the region’s oldest vines, the site provides guests with plenty of opportunity to meet the winemakers, taste the wines and sample an array of culinary delights from Marlborough’s top chefs.

The $40 tickets for the Wine Marlborough Festival went on sale at the beginning of October and are selling fast. Tickets can be purchased obtained from TicketDirect at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or phone 0800 224 224, The Marlborough Centre and the Marlborough Information Centre.

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