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