Rock­ing in the Gibb­ston rain

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Over 16,000 party-go­ers rocked to Ice­house, Bon­nie Tyler and Alan Par­sons Live Project in Gibb­ston Val­ley - de­spite the rain.

The crowd at the sell-out sum­mer con­cert head­lin­ing eighties rock bands was danc­ing in pon­chos near Queen­stown on Satur­day.

Ice­house, who haven’t per­formed in the South Is­land for 26 years, warmed up rock-lovers in the rain and cold.

The Aussie rock­ers played their iconic songs Can’t Help My­self, We Can Get To­gether, Hey Lit­tle Girl and Elec­tric Blue.

Welsh singer Bon­nie Tyler was the first in­ter­na­tional act to wow the crowd with her To­tal Eclipse Of The Heart and It’s A Heartache.

She wrapped up the two-hour per­for­mance with Hold­ing Out For A Hero, to which the mosh pit sang along the loud­est.

Dunedin’s John Rigby, who was at the front of the mosh pit, said Bon­nie Tyler was a ‘‘great opener’’.

Don’t An­swer Me hit mak­ers Alan Par­sons Live Project were the sec­ond band to rock the Gibb­ston Val­ley stage.

Even though 16,000 peo­ple in the crowd were wet, many stayed un­til the end of the con­cert.

Omakau’s Tracey O’Mal­ley said she loved the line up and didn’t mind the rain.

‘‘The pon­cho is all you need,’’ she said.

Big eighties bands per­form­ing at this year’s Gibb­ston Val­ley Sum­mer Con­cert at­tracted the crowd, O’Mal­ley said.

‘‘It’s more peo­ple of my age. In their 30s to 60s and that’s what I like,’’ she said.

How­ever, some young­sters were rock­ing amidst the thou­sands of spec­ta­tors.

A two-year-old rocker, Ben Thorn from Nel­son, was up danc­ing for hours, his fa­ther Steve Thorn said.

It was Thorn’s first Gibb­ston Val­ley con­cert and he said it was ‘‘amaz­ing’’.

‘‘The whole at­mos­phere...it’s rain­ing but ev­ery­one is happy and into it,’’ he said.

A group of Queen­stown friends said they were at the gates by 9.30 on Satur­day morn­ing to en­sure they scored the ‘‘best seats’’.

Rochell Fox, who was at­tended her Gibb­ston Sum­mer Con­cert, said it was a day of hav­ing fun with her girl­friends.

‘‘This is our yearly rit­ual,’’ she said.

A po­lice spokes­woman said there were no ar­rests made at the con­cert and no drink driv­ers caught.

DASHA KUPRIENKO / FAIRFAX NZ

Ice­house per­fomed at the sold-out Gibb­ston Val­ley Sum­mer Con­cert on Satur­day.

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