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Kiwi Music Legends Set To Rock Coromandel This Easter

Kiwi Music Legends Set To Rock Coromandel This Easter

WHITIANGA, Thursday 31st January 2013: An outstanding line-up of New Zealand’s top musical talent is expected to draw a huge crowd to Whitianga this Easter – with early bird tickets to Shades of Summer 2013 having already sold out.

Dave Dobbyn, Opshop, Greg Johnson and the Dukes will headline this brand new outdoor event at Whitianga Waterways, where music lovers can celebrate the long Easter weekend in style with a one-off afternoon concert on Saturday March 30.

Whitianga Waterways is one of the most stunning outdoor venues in New Zealand and music legend Dave Dobbyn says he can’t wait to hit the stage.

“What a gorgeous setting for the Whitianga Shades of Summer concert! I’m very much looking forward to rocking it up with friends and family and you all,” Dobbyn says. “A fun bill with Opshop, Greg Johnson and Dukes. We’ll have a lovely Easter together eh?”

Opshop lead singer Jason Kerrison says he’s particularly looking forward to the Shades of Summer gig, and is promising to debut some new material.

“It’s been ages since I’ve seen Greg play. He’s had more radio hits than any other Kiwi artist. He’s a master craftsman. And as for Dave, what can you say about Dobbo that hasn’t already been said? Do you know his favourite New Zealand album is Together Alone? I think I’ll try and jam out a track from that album just for him. I’d like to think Opshop has a few more new tunes to showcase by then too.”

Shades of Summer 2013 is brought to you by Jump Entertainment, who last year brought international acts the Doobie Brothers and Little River Band to Whitianga.

Jump Entertainment promoter, Mark Millar, says Shades of Summer will be an annual Coromandel concert and become a must-see event for people who love good music.

“Whitianga is the perfect venue for an outdoor gig of this caliber. It’s an easy drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and the stunning waterway canals and Coromandel ranges offer an awesome backdrop to this event.

“People who want to make the most of a long Easter weekend will be able to enjoy some of the most iconic Kiwi musicians and fresh new talent New Zealand has to offer. Whitianga Waterways and Lake Chalice wines are sponsoring the event, and there will be a wide range of premium food and drink available from a diverse range of providers,” Millar says.

The concert venue will open at 12 noon, with the Dukes scheduled to perform at 1pm, followed by Greg Johnson at 2pm, Opshop at 3pm, and Dave Dobbyn at 5pm. Millar says the show will go ahead rain or shine, and people are welcome to bring their own picnic food, blankets and chairs.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketek and all Coromandel iSites for $75. Gate sales will be $80. One child under the age of 11 will be admitted free with one paying adult.

Musician Biographies

Dave Dobbyn is regarded as a national treasure in New Zealand. Wherever Kiwis gather around the world, it is likely to be songs by Dave Dobbyn they sing when thinking of home.

With a stream of platinum selling albums, Opshop have firmly lodged themselves into New Zealand’s musical lexicon with popular singles such as One Day, No Ordinary Thing, and Maybe.

Greg Johnson is a first class composer, wordsmith and entertainer. With numerous Tui awards under his belt, and the winner of the coveted Silver Scroll songwriter’s award, he has repeatedly embedded his songs into the hearts of New Zealanders.

Dukes are a five-piece rock band from Christchurch. With two fantastic albums already, their Top 10 single Vampires continues to collect awards.

About Jump Entertainment Ltd
Jump Entertainment Ltd has been established to pioneer international concerts in the Coromandel on an annual basis. The team has considerable specialist knowledge in the areas of hospitality management and event coordination across many genres including festive, sporting and concert events.



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