International Music Acts Arrive In New Zealand
It’s only just over a week away until Whitianga will come alive to the sounds of the annual Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 27th January (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). Get your friends and family ready for a great day out!
The international acts headlining the tour have started arriving in Queenstown for the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert on Saturday the 19th, the first of three shows to be held across the country. The tour then heads north for the sold out Taupo Summer Concert on Saturday 26 January, followed by the Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 27 January (Auckland anniversary weekend)
An estimated 40,000 concert goers are expected to attend one of the three shows, which will feature SUPERTRAMP’S Roger Hodgson (with his full band), James Reyne and Mark Seymour formerly of AUSTRALIAN CRAWL and HUNTERS & COLLECTORS (along with their band), and the unmistakable voice of Toni Childs. Popular New Zealand bands TheDrive and The Blind Venetians are the opening support acts for the concert prior to the international line up.
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Tickets for the Whitianga show are available through the Greenstone Entertainment website or ticketek. A very limited number of tickets are also available at the i-SITE in Whitianga and the Pauanui Information Centre.
Children Aged 14 Years (inclusive) and under (as at Concert Date) are admitted free of charge to the Concert Site(s).
Legendary singer songwriter, SUPERTRAMP’S Roger Hodgson arrived in Queenstown on Wednesday.
It’s wonderful to be back in your beautiful country and we can’t wait to celebrate with you over the next two weeks
— Roger Hodgson, SUPERTRAMP
Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969. As the legendary voice, writer and arranger of most of Supertramp’s greatest hits, that led to more than 60 million record sales, he’s given us amazingly enduring songs such as “The Logical Song,” “Breakfast in America,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Dreamer,” "It's Raining Again,” “School,” and so many others that have become the sound track of our lives.
Supertramp’s albums have spent an amazing 402 weeks in the New Zealand Top 40 album charts with Breakfast In America, Paris and The Very Best of Supertramp all peaking at No. 1, with Crime Of Century featuring in the Top 30 albums of all time.
James Reyne, formerly of Australian Crawl, released four studio albums in five frenetic years in the ’80s before becoming a solo artist for the past 28 years, releasing eight studio albums, plus two acoustic collections, a covers album and two live albums. James’ songs have provided the soundtrack to endless kiwi summers, including “The Boys Light Up”, “Reckless”, “Downhearted” and “Motor’s Too Fast”. James’ songs have been covered by Paul Kelly and John Farnham, and he’s had 19 Top 40 hits (seven with Australian Crawl, 12 solo) along with 10 Top 10 albums in Australia and was awarded the Order Of Australia in 2014 recognising his charitable work.
In 1981, Seymour formed Hunters & Collectors and was front man and songwriter until their split in 1998. He wrote the anthem “Holy Grail”, which along with other hit songs including “Do You See What I See” and “Throw Your Arms Around Me”, were just three of fifteen songs that featured in the New Zealand Top 40 singles charts. In 1997, whilst still officially part of Hunters & Collectors he released his debut solo album King Without A Clue, which earned him a nomination in the ARIA Music Awards of 1998 for Best Male Artist, as well as Best Debut Single with Last Ditch Cabaret. At the ARIA Music Awards in 2001 he won Best Adult Contemporary Album for One Eyed Man.
When Toni Childs first burst onto the music scene in 1988, her unique, powerful voice set her far apart from other singers. Though what established her as more than just an iconic voice was her powerful song writing. It was honest and revealing and it resonated with both men and women around the world. Her NZ Top 40 singles hits include the unmistakeable “Don’t Walk Away”, Stop Your Fussin” and “Many Rivers To Cross”.
Toni’s album ‘Union’ received two Grammy nominations and platinum sales around the world. Toni’s second LP, ‘House Of Hope’ had a song featured in the classic film Thelma and Louise and the track “I’ve Got To Go Now” became an anthem for victims of domestic abuse around the world. Her 1996 LP, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, ‘The Woman’s Boat’ earned Toni her third Grammy nomination. The coming years will see the wider release of two more albums; ‘It’s All a Beautiful Noise’ and ‘Citizens Of The Planet', both releases will offer experiences that are aimed to entertain, educate and enlighten.
It gives us great pleasure to showcase what New Zealand has to offer to these legends of music and to provide their fans the opportunity to have an amazing days experience at one of our three shows. With the annual Summer Concert Tour now in its 9th year, we pride ourselves on delivering a well organised and fun day out, allowing concert goers to enjoy an amazing array of music as well as taking away with them an experience that will last for years to come.
Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment
Artist Video Snippet
Need to brush up on the artists songs for the Whitianga Summer Concert? See a video snippet of the awesome artists you'll see at the 2019 Summer Concert Tour on Whitianga Summer Concert 2019.
Need More Event Information?
For full event information about the Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 go to the Greenstone Entertainment website. Go to the All About Whitianga What's On Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 page for general information about the the Summer Concert event or to our All About Whitianga homepage to see general information, acommodation, transport and eating out options for the Summer Concert weekend.