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33rd Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival starts June 22 2007

Mary Todd -- 30/05/2007

The theme is 'BIG' - and the 33rd Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival is promising to rock New Zealand's favourite party town.

More than seventy top entertainers will entice music lovers to the Festival next month with a mix of familiar acts and a healthy dose of fresh Kiwi talent.

The programme for the festival, to be held from June 22 to July 1 2007, is on the festival website.

From the 'BIG Night Out' styled on Auckland's Big Day Out, to the ' Big Air' that attracts some of the best boarders and skiers in the business, the programme is full of events guaranteeing funky, fun and fabulous times in New Zealand's winter capital, according to Festival Manager Sally Feinerman.

Brilliant fireworks lighting up the sky at the opening set the mood for this phenomenal party.

Fireworks explode over Queenstown Bay to celebrate the opening of the Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival

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"The BIG Night Out on June 24 will seriously be Queenstown's concert of the year, with Ladi 6, Pluto, Kora and Shihad all wrapped up in a one off, one night only event," she says.

"It's the only show Shihad will be performing on this trip to New Zealand before they head to the UK.

"A definite highlight will be the Big Air on June 30 at Coronet Peak, where competitors are renowned for pulling some really, really BIG tricks.

One of the many farm dogs looking confused in the famous Dog Derby on Coronet Peak where musterers and their dogs race down the mountain together

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Fierce competition once again in the very popular suitcase race on Coronet Peak

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"In another massive coup we're delighted to announce that we've secured top jazz export Nathan Haines direct from the UK to play at the Lindauer Jazz Night on June 30."

"Not only that, we also have jazz veterans the Nairobi Trio and Queenstown's favourite dance band the Blackseeds, so it's a truly stellar lineup."

Festival favourites and some new events are back on the ten-day calendar, which is a mix of ticketed and free activities.

Birdmen - another contestant takes to the air as they leap into Lake Wakatipu in the More FM Birdman competition

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The Big Night Out
The Big Night Out at the Events Centre on Sunday 24 June - a one-off event starring top Kiwi acts Shihad, Kora, Ladi 6 and Pluto - is billed as Queenstown's concert of the year.

Pluto has emerged as one of New Zealand's best rock acts since forming in 2001. Their clever song writing has won huge respect with two national awards for the single 'Long White Cros' in the past two years.

Established Kiwi band Shihad has performed throughout Europe and the US and is known for its distinctive style of hard, melodic rock, while hip-hop queen Ladi6 (Karoline Tamati) has supported international acts such as The Roots and De La Soul.

Popular band Kora returns with its blend of funky dub, reggae beats and a huge stage presence - the five boys are no strangers to Queenstown.

Internationally-renowned saxophonist/vocalist Nathan Haines will treat Queenstown audiences to his soul, funk and jazz talents once again, as will Wellington-based band The Black Seeds, who played at the festival in 2002 and 2004.

The Black Seeds have entertained with their blend of reggae, dub, funk and soul to sell-out crowds for more than a decade - and they can't seem to get enough of the Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter celebration.

Nairobi Trio, four superbly confident musicians who have released seven albums together, deliver contagious, expressive and spontaneously improvised performances every time they play in Queenstown.

Blenheim-born vocalist Lauren Mitchell is another drawcard -- after living in Brazil, Lauren studied jazz at the Christchurch Jazz School where she developed her love and understanding of Brazilian music. Lauren presents a delicate and personal expos¨¦ of Bossanovas' finest compositions.

Long-term Queenstowners will welcome the return of 'Piano Man' Stig Eldred, who lived and performed in Queenstown throughout the 80s and 90s before moving to Los Angeles in 2000.

Big Laughs too
An all-star lineup of New Zealand's award-winning comedians, and one funny Canadian, will descend on Queenstown for festival.

Four major comedy events are on this year's calendar, the biggest 'Laugh Fest' the winter festival has seen to date.

Star attraction this year and new to the Queenstown festival comedy scene is Auckland's Dai Henwood. His comedy credentials are undisputed -- he won the TV2 Billy T Comedy Award in 2002 at the age of 24, making him the youngest person ever to win the coveted prize. At the 2005 Comedy Guild Awards he was named Best Male Comedian, and followed that in 2006 with the Best Comedy MC award.

American Express Great Comedy Debate
Familiar festival faces such as Jeremy Corbett, Te Radar and Canada's Jeremy Elwood make a welcome return to Queenstown's winter warm-up, the American Express Great Comedy Debate, where together with funny girls Michele A'Court and Ginette McDonald and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt they battle the 'moot' - Is Queenstown more Auckland than Auckland itself? MC Jason Gunn is there to referee the ensuing chaos.

MC Jason Gunn in full flight at the American Express Comedy Debate

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Lindauer Laugh Fest
The 'girls' get their funny night out with the first Lindauer Laugh Fest performance (Wed 27 June) pitching A'Court, New Zealand's best female comedian from 2002-2006, up against humorous actress, producer and presenter McDonald (aka Lynn of Tawa) and alongside local comedienne Emma Lange, while token male Te Radar has the job of MC.

The 'boys' get their night out with the second Lindauer Laugh Fest performance (Thurs 28 June). Te Radar is in the ring again, this time on potentially more familiar MC ground with the sharpwitted Corbett, stand up comedy king Elwood and the hilarious Henwood.

The Topp Twins
If the funny bone hasn't been tickled enough, round off the week with a pair of entertainers dubbed "New Zealand's finest artistic export since lamb cutlets".

Professional yodellers and 'cultural ambassadors' The Topp Twins are back in all their glory with a theatre show based on their life stories and laced with political satire at the Arrowtown Hall (Fri 29 June).

Lindauer Masquerade Ball
Magic and masquerade is the theme of the beautiful Lindauer Masquerade Ball on Saturday 23 June, where charismatic girl group Viva La Diva and the five-strong Superhighway band are guaranteed to get dancers groovin'.

Telecom Mardi Gras
The Telecom Mardi Gras on 26 June, a free outdoor party which gets locals and visitors dancing in the streets, has a range of bands and acts pumping out the music on two stages.

The mask parade featuring as part of the Telecom Mardi Gras

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A younger audience will be catered for with performances by Timaru band Harm who will belt out their powerful guitar-based rock sound to street crowds on the trailer stage following performances by local band the GC's and Geneva from Auckland.

Queenstown musicians the Master Blasters will kick off on the other stage, followed by performers from Margaret O'Hanlon's Starry Eyed show, Viva La Diva, then Ddub and other favourites. It's a record fifth performance in Queenstown for the ever-popular Ddub - their energetic combo of rock-roots, reggae, soul-ska and dub qualifies them as one of the country's best live acts.

Book now
The Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival runs from June 22 to July 1. Festival favourites and some new events are back on the calendar, which is a mix of ticketed and free activities. Tickets for events are on sale from Ticket Direct nationwide and i-site Queenstown.

Read what Mary wrote about the 2006 Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival and you will be even keener to book your tickets.

Photos for this article were supplied by Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival. They were taken by Barry Harcourt.

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