Greymouth Evening Star by Christine Linnell
The Classic Hits Winery Tour played to a West Coast audience for the first time yesterday, and was greeted by wintery squalls that cleared just in time for the first act.
At least 620 people braved a chilly, windy evening and arrived at ANZAC Park armed with coats, blankets and rugs to watch performances from Breaks Co-Op, Stan Walker and The Exponents.
“The sun came out just before the bands started and the crowd were terrific,” concert co-promoter Campbell Smith said. “Coming to the Coast for the first time with the Winery Tour was a thrill for all of us and we hope we can come back next year.”
Local vendors were on hand to supply food and drinks, and chairs were available for rent to keep people comfortable, while the more brave occupied blankets on the damp grass for the outdoor concert.
It was a special moment for Greymouth drummer Troy Murcott, who got right to the heart of the action after winning a competition to play on stage with The Exponents.
Mr Murcott, who has performed with a number of West Coast bands including Colt 45, played during The Exponents’ performance of Who Loves Who The Most. He won the gig after submitting a video audition to the event organisers last month.
“I was really a bit overwhelmed. I didn’t think I’d get picked for it. I love playing on big rigs, big sound systems,” Mr Murcott said.
The Exponents were pleased with the response from the Coast crowd, he said.
“He (Jordan Luck) was pretty stoked with the outcome. The crowd response was quite vocal, they were singing for him. The guys were most impressed with the way that I played. Their drummer said to me ‘I’m not going to beat that.”
The Greymouth concert was the 13th of 16 shows in a nationwide tour, the largest tour in New Zealans, which concluded in Blenheim in Saturday.
Otago Daily Times by Amanda Parkinson
Families unfolded camping chairs and rolled out picnic rugs at Invercargill’s 2014 Classic Hits Winery Tour concert.
The event drew more that 1000 people to Anderson Park despite the $75 per person price tag.
Breaks Co-Op prepared the audience for a night of smooth summer tunes with their acoustic sound, with the Exponents and Stan Walker also performing.
Riverton local Wol Calder said the Southland weather had heated up “just in time”
“You have to support local events, or they just don’t come back,” he said.
He said it was great that they could enjoy a beer with friends and watch some “quality live music.”
Tyla Adams, 11, was celebrating a friends birthday at the concert. “It’s my friend’s birthday party, we are excited to see Stan Walker,” she said,
Event promoter Campbell Smith said they had worked hard on putting together a family friendly lineup.
Bay Of Plenty Times
Good Times: Hundreds of people brought out their picnic blankets and beach chairs to enjoy the sun and sounds and the 2014 Classic Hits Winery Tour last night.
New Zealand music legends The Exponents, pop superstar Stan Walker and Breaks Co-Op headlined the show at the Wharepai Domain.
The Exponents’ four founding members came together and performed all of their hits with a special stage show designed specifically for the Winery Tour.
Walker brought his full live stage show and performed all his well-loved hits as well as songs from his new album.
Completing the three-band line-up was Breaks Co-Op, returning to the stage for the first time since their massive hit The Otherside ruled the airwaves and singles chart a few years ago. Now in its eighth year, the 2014 Classic Hits Winery Tour presents 17 shows at 16 outdoor venues from Tutukaka down Invercargill.
Bay of Plenty Times by Amy Shanks
Sunshine and a fantastic line-up of Kiwi talent, including pop sensation Stan Walker, greeted more than 1000 people at the Classic Hits Winery Tour in Napier on Wednesday.
Breaks Co-op kick-started the evening with their easy, breezy summer sound and a new band, which comprised Paul McLaney on guitar, Mark Vanilau on keys, Andrew Keegan on drums, and Richie Pickard on bass alongside familiar frontman Andy Lovegrove.
Pub rockers The Exponents were a huge hit with fans, who knew all the words and weren’t shy to join in.
The concert was one of two Hawke’s Bay performances which includes another at Black Barn tonight.
“Napier put on a stunning day for the Winery Tour 2014; the crowd was in fine form and we’re looking forward to a repeat of the good times,” co-promoter Brent Eccles said after Wednesday’s performance.
This year marks the eighth annual Classic Hits Winery Tour, which will cover 16 shows nationwide, concluding in Blenheim on March 1.
While in Hawke’s Bay, the acts were able to break for Waitangi Day, and The Exponents frontman Jordan Luck was keen to explore the local music scene.
He added that people should get along to tonight’s show.
“I love singing. I love the songs, to be able to share that is a wonderful feeling – seeing the audience joining in is very humbling”
Hawkes Bay Today by Tim Wakely
Although the night was wet and cold, nothing could dempen the crowds enthusiasm or the energy of New Zealand’s leading acts at the Classic Hits Winery Tour at Black Barn Vineyards on Friday.
The well known event, featuring Breaks Co-Op, Stan Walker and Kiwi legends The Exponents was well worth standing in the drizzling wet for.
From beginning to end, I was singing and grooving in my pink fold out chair to the iconic Kiwi hits many of us have come to love.
Breaks Co-Op led the evening with Andy Lovegrove’s soft and easy listening voice.
Then came the vocal of Stan Walker and sheer star power of Exponents frontman Jordan Luck.
Even though I loved his energy, I couldn’t help but feel there was something disingenuous about Stan Walker’s performance.
I should have loved his laid back “laugh at myself” attitude as well as his ability to get people dancing and his speech about anti bullying – but I didn’t.
The night truly began when The Exponents took the stage.
They were my favourite act on the night as they simply performed and entertained the crowd.
There were no frills about their performance – it was just a straight out hit fest.
Overall the night belonged to Jordan Luck, the man in tartan parts. His seasoned performance was infectious and flawless, you couldn’t help but get on your feet and dance along to the charismatic character.
"Talk about your rich varietal. The first of this year's package tours of the nation's grape outdoors certainly doesn't lack for a multitude of vintages, flavours and blends - one veteran electro-reggae monster? Check. Two supergroups fronted by three distinguished talents each? Check. One New Zealand's Got Talent winner on her first big tour? Check." Read the full review here
Russell Baillie, The New Zealand Herald, Monday 4 February.
The Classic Hits Winery Tour in Matakana on Saturday was a hit … the lineup was exceptional….read the full story here
Juliet McGhie, Rodney Times, 7 Feb 2013
"Kiwi 'supergroups' wow in laidback style." Read the full review for the show at Alana Estate, Martinborough here.
Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post, Tuesday 12 February 2013
Over 3000 people attended the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour at the Mud House Winery and Cafe in Waipara on Saturday night. Families danced together around picnic blankets to music from New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Wel, AnikaBoh&Hollie, The Adults and Fat Freddy's Drop. Read the full review here
Vicki Anderson, The Christchurch Press, Tuesday 19 February
Wine, a stunning sunset over the Gibbston hills, New Zealand musicians and an energetic but well-behaved crowd all equated to a success story for the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour, which came to Gibbston for the first time on Tuesday, Read the concert summary here
Christina McDonald, Otago Daily Times (Queenstown Edition) 22 Feb 13
Music and wine lovers were lining up an hour before the gates at Upper Moutere's Neudorf Vineyards opened yesterday hoping to nab a prime spot for the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour. Read the full story here
Naomi Arnold, The Nelson Mail, 23 Feb 13
The crowd was treated to a Kiwi music extravaganza at the Classic Hits Winery Tour at Villa Maria Estate last night. Read More here
Svan Hersleman, Marlbrough Express, 25 Feb 13
Sunday morning's patch of rain was a distant memory as thousands laid out their picnic blankets, pulled out the chips and dip and soaked in the sunshine at the Classic Hits Winery Tour show at Mystery Creek. Read more here
The Waikato Times, 4 March 2013