Summer 2014

January 2014

The first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival -- a one-day outdoor event to be held at the Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday April 26 2014 with The Remarkables mountain range forming a lofty backdrop – features a stunning line-up of acclaimed national and international acts. Headlining the day will be legendary California rock band The Doobie Brothers, along with acclaimed singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and The Imposters, New Zealand’s favourite live collaborative group Fly My Pretties, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul masters The Black Seeds, veteran blues musician King Leo and all-girl group The Johnnys, who deliver Johnny Cash songs like no-one’s heard ‘em before

February 2014

An open-air concert will be held at The Hills golf course, Arrowtown, on March 1, featuring Anika Moa. Moa will be supported at the inaugural Open Sounds event, to be held during the 2014 New Zealand Open, by rising Queenstown singer Holly Arrowsmith.Tournament director Michael Glading said the launch of Open Sounds was ''an important and exciting'' element of the tournament. ''We promised to build this event annually and increase the entertainment, social, food and wine factor.'' Moa was named one of the ''Top 10 Kiwi music successes of the past 10 years'' by the New Zealand Herald in 2009.