9 September 2014

Iconic Aussie rockers to headline 2015 Moonshiners' Festival

Australian band The Angels will perform a one-off New Zealand concert as the headline act for Gore’s 2015 Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival.

Tickets went on sale today on iTicket for the Moonshiners’ Festival, which will be held on Saturday 21 March, and organisers are expecting a sell out crowd. Supporting The Angels will be international blues artist Big Daddy Wilson and Southland’s own award winning due Into The East.

Next year will be the 12th festival to be staged in Gore’s Arts & Heritage Precinct and it will again host a variety of themed food and beverage stalls, as well as great music.

The Angels has just completed a successful 40th anniversary tour of its native country and has proved to be one of Australasia’s most enduring and respected musical acts.

The band has 20 albums to its credit and just as many singles including: ‘No Secrets’, ‘Let the Night Roll On’, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’, ‘Face The Day’ and ‘Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again’. The current lineup features original guitarists John and Rick Brewster. They team up with bass player Sam Brewster, drummer Nick Norton, and former Screaming Jets singer Dave Gleeson who replaces original vocalist Doc Neeson, who passed away earlier this year.

Festival publicist Melissa King said the festival’s heritage theme is reflected in the eclectic lineup of talent.

“The Angels will clearly appeal to a certain generation of New Zealanders and any band of this stature, which has been performing for 40 years, will put on a fantastic show.

“How could we resist any group originally called The Moonshine Jug & String Band,” she said.

Big Daddy Wilson will also bring a certain moonshine theme to the entertainment lineup, Melissa said.

His native state of North Carolina experienced blanket Prohibition in 1908 and some counties are still dry. Southland’s Into The East, featuring Liv McBride and Graeme Woller, will continue the country/folk theme that has been a part of the moonshiners’ festival since its inception.

With limited space in the precinct and a larger than usual stage needed to accommodate the headline act, the organising committee anticipates a rush on tickets.

Melissa warned there was likely to be limited, if any, gate sales on the day.

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said the Council was again pleased to be a major supporter of the festival. “It’s events such as these that put Gore on the map.”   

The Moonshiners’ Festival is run by the Hokonui Moonshine Museum Charitable Trust and is supported by the Mataura Licensing Trust as well as the Council.

The festival is on from 12 noon to 6.00pm. Tickets are $50, gate sales will be $60.

Helpful links:

Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival

The Angels

Big Daddy Wilson

Into The East

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