ASB Queenstown JazzFest
18 Oct 2008 - 27 Oct 2008 - Queenstown
It's Queenstown's major springtime event, a 10-day programme of live music from October 18 to 27 showcasing a breadth of jazz styles from around New Zealand and the world.
More than 50 bands and 200 performers inspire and entertain through a programme of 80 free events, premium ticketed headline concerts, free workshops from leading jazz exponents, and master classes taught by top international tutors.
The live music extravaganza in ‘God's amphitheatre' sees jazz, and jazz-influenced styles, made accessible to everyone, young and old. It's about quality music and entertainment ranging from traditional jazz to the blues, from jazz rock to soul or fusion and hip hop.
By attracting leading exponents of all forms of music to New Zealand's beautiful resort town, and then packaging their performances into concerts and themed events in downtown Queenstown or amongst the vines in Gibbston Valley, the festival delivers a unique experience for everyone to enjoy.
Each year the calibre of artists and performances sets a new benchmark for the event, with the majority of ticketed events a sellout.
Up and coming young musicians are given their chance to star through the AJ Hackett Bungy Jumpstart youth jazz competition, open to young musicians from around the country. The winner of the solo section will head to Aspen to develop new skills and improve their musicianship.
Catlins Woodstock Music Festival
16 Jan 2009 - 19 Jan 2009 - Dunedin - Coastal Otago
Catlins Woodstock is one of South Otago's major music events of the year with entertainers giving of their time and talents to support local charities. It is a family day out and along with the music there is a wide variety of activities for all to enjoy including the famous Woodstock water slide. Music can begin as early as 10.30 am. The main music event is on the Sunday however new in 2008 was the Country Music Day held on Saturday. The Motorhome Association support Woodstock each year have among their members some very talented entertainers who perform. Members of the Otago Country Music Club and the Clutha Country Music Club also presented an array of Country music in 2008.
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