Premier winter party starts in the sky
22 Apr 2008
A themed Air New Zealand flight from Sydney to Queenstown on 27 June will give this year’s American Express Queenstown Winter Festival a flying start.
Passengers will enjoy festival music, madness and mischief in-flight. There will be live sets from New Zealand rock band Goodnight Nurse, live comedy, and giveaways, including a goodie bag full of essentials for the Queenstown Winter Festival.
''Australians are some of festival’s greatest supporters and this superb flight is an amazing way to start the ten coolest days in New Zealand,'' says Winter Festival Director Sally Feinerman.
NZ1832 departs Sydney on Friday 27 June arriving in Queenstown at 2pm in time for the opening night of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, which runs from June 27 to July 6, 2008.
Four of New Zealand’s best music acts will perform during this year’s festival. Award winning Hollie Smith is the feature artist at the popular Jazz Night, while Kiwi sensations Evermore will headline the Big Night Out, with The Checks and Opshop in support.
These are just two of the events that make the ten day festival one of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter parties. The event attracts 60,000 visitors to Queenstown each year with a heady mix of street parades, balls, competitions, fireworks, food, wine, and some of New Zealand’s best entertainers.
''This year’s Big Night Out is definitely the biggest we’ve had to date,'' says Sally Feinerman, referring to the all-star line up of Evermore, The Checks and Opshop. ''Securing any one of them would be a major coup for the festival but having a trio like this on the same bill, it’s a must-see.''
There is also a brand new venue and heart for the 2008 festival - the Crystal Palace. This 600 square metre structure is one of New Zealand’s most elegant touring venues and will take a week to erect in the town centre car park.
The Palace, which is a modern take on the ornate European travelling tents of the early 20th century, will be a central venue for numerous events and a hub for international media and visitor queries.
''With a name like Queenstown it's about time we had a palace, and what better occasion to build it,'' jokes Sally Feinerman. ''This is the first time we've been able to bring all our major events into one downtown venue, and it's such an impressive structure, in such a great location, it's going to add an unforgettable dimension to Festival 2008.''
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