Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour will be returning in 2017 with an all star lineup featuring two of New Zealand’s most successful artists of all time, Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga, and exciting newcomer Benny Tipene.
The Winery Tour 2017 will present twelve shows around New Zealand, celebrating the Kiwi summer in the best way possible, with outstanding music and great wine in some of New Zealand’s most idyllic wineries and outdoor venues.
Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga have each won the APRA silver scroll for Song of the Year, been awarded a total of 32 NZ music awards between them, and have combined catalogue sales of more than 650,000 albums in NZ alone (a whopping 43 x platinum), including 21 top forty singles. Their songs are woven into the very fabric of New Zealand life: Something in the Water, Sway, Better, Drive, Arithmetic, Something Good, Shadowfeet, Get Some Sleep, Deciphering Me and many, many more.
Los Angeles-based Brooke Fraser will return home to headline the 2017 Tour, following the release of her first career retrospective album “A Sides”, which will include her upcoming single “Therapy”. “The Winery Tour is quite simply a dream to play, there is no better way to tour New Zealand. I am looking forward to getting home to play all the favourites from my career so far to the best fans in the world” says Brooke.
Having played on the very first Winery Tour back in 2007, Bic Runga returns to tour the vines once again. Bic will be celebrating her induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (the youngest ever inductee) and her brand new album “Close Your Eyes” (including the single of the same name), showcasing her interpretations of some of music’s most classic songs. Bic adds “I’m excited to rejoin the Winery Tour family, to hit the road again and to play all my songs and some of my favourite covers in the most spectacular venues”.
Opening the show will be Winery Tour newcomer Benny Tipene, an exciting new talent rapidly making a very big name for himself in NZ. Benny exploded onto the airwaves with four hits from his debut album ‘Bricks’ including the #1 platinum single “Walking on Water” and top ten gold single “Lonely”. Benny is busy completing his second album in time for the Winery Tour, an album which will include his brand new single “Where Love Comes From”. “Touring all around New Zealand, playing amazing places, sharing the stage with two musical icons – what a great way to spend summer!” says Benny.
Promoters Brent Eccles and Campbell Smith are delighted that The Winery Tour has reached the ten year milestone: “We love the Winery Tour, it's simply the best and most fun tour we produce” says Smith. “We can scarcely believe that we have clocked up 139 shows over the past decade, most of them truly amazing gigs, by great NZ artists in stunning NZ locations. We just want more of the same and we know the fans do too. We couldn't think of a better bill to celebrate this milestone, the 2017 Winery Tour is destined to be one of the very best”.
Tickets go on sale on midday 31st October at an Early Bird price of $69 (+booking fee), until 30 November 2016. On 1 December full price tickets will go on sale for $79 (+booking fee). Children under the age of 12 will be granted free entry when accompanied by an adult ticket holder (one child per ticket holder). For ticket information and to purchase please see The Winery Tour website www.winerytour.co.nz - special bus tickets will also be available.