Summer Concert Tour 2018

LATEST NEWS - 28th Jan 2018


Summer Concert Tour Wraps Up In Whitianga

Today’s sold out Whitianga Summer Concert wrapped up this year’s Summer Concert Tour when 15,000 concert goers added to the already sold out crowds at Taupo and Queenstown, taking in the warm and sunny conditions in the beautiful Coromandel.

As concert goers settled themselves in for an awesome summer’s afternoon of music, New Zealand act White Chapel Jak got the audience warmed up in preparation for the four international acts that were to follow.
Nashville based Fairground Saints have impressed concert goers across the tour with their unique Californian style country repertoire.

With a Coromandel sea breeze, Colin Hay of Men At Work fame was next to take to stage early afternoon and wowed concert goers with his unmistakable hits , entertaining them with songs including Who Can It Be Now , Down Under and Be Good Johnny.

Next up was Alanis Morissette. Touring New Zealand for the first time in 20 years, she captured the audience mid-afternoon with hits from her No. 1 selling album, Jagged Little Pill, getting the crowd singing along to the likes of You Oughta Know, Hand In My Pocket and Ironic.

The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra, performing their incredible stable of ELO hits such as Mr Blue Sky, Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Telephone Line and Sweet Talkin’ Woman, promised to be an amazing end to the tour and were sure to bring everyone to their feet with their final song, Don’t Bring Me Down.

Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment says, “The Greenstone Entertainment team and the artists had an amazing time throughout this year’s Summer Concert Tour. We’re proud to have been able to showcase this beautiful country to our international guests. We want to say a huge thank you to the 48,000 fans that came along to one of the shows. It’s a pleasure to see all the families, couples and groups of all ages having such a great time, and we look to bringing a whole new line up to our shores in 2019.”


Not all rock was created equal and The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra is living proof. With a pedigree reaching into the 70’s and 80’s with former members of Electric Light Orchestra and ELO Part II, The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra has launched their 2018 tour, heralding a continuing era of unparalleled symphonic rock.

All six members of The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra were formerly ELO Part II, with two of the six members - Mik Kaminski (the famous “Blue Violin”) and keyboardist Louis Clark - dating back to the Electric Light Orchestra in the 1970s and 1980s. The former members of ELO and ELO Part II, touring domestically and internationally since 2001 as The Orchestra Starring Former Members of Electric Light Orchestra, are known as the “all time masters of symphonic rock” with the use of strings, synthesizers, and exquisitely layered vocals. For many people, the “ELO SOUND” is as close as they will ever get to classical music.

ELO hits from yesteryear are the cornerstone of The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra’s repertoire, including Strange Magic, Do Ya, Don’t Bring Me Down, Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, Mr. Blue Sky and Roll Over Beethoven.

Call that sound The ELO Phenomenon … because fans all over the world say I “Can’t Get It Out of My Head!”

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette last performed on New Zealand soil back in 1998. Her 1995 debut album, Jagged Little Pill, featuring hit songs You Oughta Know, Hand In My Pocket and Ironic, peaked at No. 1 on the NZ charts, and ranks at number 33 in the top 1000 bestselling albums of all time in New Zealand. Hit singles Hands Clean, Thank U and Ironic have also reached No. 1, 2 & 3 respectively on the New Zealand singles charts.
Alanis has sold over 60 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2015. She has achieved 7 Grammy Award wins, along with Rolling Stone magazine having ranked her Jagged Little Pill album on its Women in Rock – The 50 Essential Albums list.

Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 14 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammy Awards (with an additional 14 nominations) and a Golden Globe nomination.

Colin Hay

Who can forget dancing and singing along to Australian 80’s legends- Men at Work - when Colin Hay pumped out hit after hit tunes from their No. 1 selling Business As Usual album. As frontman, guitarist and principle songwriter for eighties hit machine Men at Work, Colin Hay is responsible for some of the most identifiable sounds in pop music, including hit songs Down Under, Be Good Johnny and Who Can It Be Now to name just a few. Business As Usual spent an incredible 75 weeks in the New Zealand charts, ranking in the top 100 bestselling albums of all time in New Zealand. In 1982 Men at Work won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Men at Work’s second album, Cargo, also peaked at No.1 on the NZ album charts in 1983.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 13 solo albums and toured solidly and successfully to a broad American, UK and Australasian fan base. Highlights in Colin’s career include touring with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band in 2003 and 2008, performing on Scrubs and Men at Work playing at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Sydney. His new album Fierce Mercy explores themes of love, loss and mortality, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that defines Hay’s work. Hay's everyman charm, familiar voice, and clever observations continue to resonate with audiences across the globe. Hay is at the absolute peak of his craft. As a writer and vocalist, he has never been more masterful.

"Colin Hay isn’t just an icon or figure of musicians past; he’s a seamless representation of the greats of our time, alive and well in the here and now."
Cicily Janus – The Huffington Post Entertainment, May 6 2013


Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown Saturday 20th January 2018 SOLD OUT 
Taupo Amphitheatre, Taupo Saturday 27th January 2018 SOLD OUT
Whitianga Waterways, Whitianga Sunday 28th January 2018 SOLD OUT 



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2018 Tour


20 Jan 18 - The Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert is a major draw-card, not just when it comes to classic rock music.



27 Jan 18 - The best thing about visiting Great Lake Taupo is there is something for everyone, no matter what the season.



28 Jan 18 - Less than three hours’ drive from Auckland, (or a 20 minute flight) on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula is Whitianga.



Summer Concert Tour Rocks The Central North Island

27 Jan 18 - After an 18,000 strong sell-out crowd in Queenstown last weekend, the annual Summer Concert Tour today moved onto its next sold out show when 15,000 fans descended on Taupo Amphitheatre for the 7th year of the Taupo Summer Concert.


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