Strong lineup for Ocean Vine Hop

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After a suc­cess­ful kick­off last year, Ocean Vine Hop is back for round two, an­nounc­ing the lineup for its next event in Novem­ber.

Marl­bor­ough4Fun’s fes­ti­val head­lin­ers in­clude the Jor­dan Luck band, play­ing all the Kiwi clas­sics, and Au­to­matic 80s, New Zealand’s lead­ing 80s tour­ing show.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Katrina Lange said at­ten­dees can be ex­pected to be trans­ported back in time with live, loud and pump­ing per­for­mances from the head­line acts.

‘‘The mu­sic was an im­por­tant last year to cre­at­ing a fun at­mos­phere,’’ Lange said.

‘‘This year, we’ve kept the same genre of mu­sic and have stepped it up to the full Jor­dan Luck band.

‘‘We’re re­ally ex­cited to bring the event back to the re­gion and build upon last year’s suc­cess.’’

The event will be an all-day R18 af­fair, com­bin­ing culi­nary mas­ter­classes, tast­ings and demon­stra­tions, to­gether with stalls of­fer­ing beer, wine and other Marl­bor­ough pro­duce, with tasty menus to choose from, Lange said.

Celebrity chef Jax Hamil­ton would also pro­vide de­li­cious tast­ings and demon­stra­tions, matched with top lo­cal wines and beers.

The fes­ti­val will be held at Churchill Glade, Pol­lard Park, in Blen­heim on Novem­ber 24.

‘‘Pol­lard Park is the per­fect lo­ca­tion,’’ Lange said.

‘‘It’s within walk­ing dis­tance from town, which pre­vents drink driv­ing, and it has a great at­mos­phere.’’

Lo­cal ticket spe­cials will be avail­able for Marl­buri­ans be­tween June 1 to June 22 at $38 per ticket. Non-dis­counted tick­ets would cost $45 on­line or $55 at the gate.

‘‘Lo­cals will need to prove they’re from Marl­bor­ough by go­ing to Blen­heim’s ASB Theatre in per­son with proof of ad­dress,’’ Lange said.

She also said early bird tick­ets would be avail­able at $40 per ticket be­tween June 1 to June 30 for all at­ten­dees, ‘‘both lo­cal and na­tional’’.

‘‘We have a limit of 4000 tick­ets,’’ Lange said.

‘‘There was a good at­ten­dance rate last year, with just un­der 2000 peo­ple.

‘‘Since then, we’ve been in­un­dated with calls of peo­ple ask­ing when this year’s tick­ets will go live.’’

Tick­ets are ex­pected to go live on June 1. Visit ocean­vine­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

The Jor­dan Luck Band will be back in Blen­heim again to en­ter­tain the crowd at this year’s Ocean Vine Hop.

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