Stars back un­der the stars

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One of Tau­ranga’s most iconic out­door con­certs is pre­par­ing to re­turn to the stage in style with two of Aus­trala­sia’s great­est tribute bands.

Af­ter a four-year hia­tus the highly pop­u­lar Stars Un­der The Stars is back on the sum­mer con­cert cal­en­dar this Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, at Clas­sic Fly­ers.

Head­lin­ing the con­cert is one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest tribute acts, The Neil Di­a­mond Su­per­hits Show, with 2016 Va­ri­ety Artists Club of New Zealand Benny Awards Top Group Dreams— The Fleet­wood Mac Ex­pe­ri­ence also tak­ing to the stage.

Now in his 25th year on the Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional tour­ing cir­cuit, per­former Steve Cum­mins has been de­scribed by the pres­i­dent of the Neil Di­a­mond fan club in Aus­tralia as “the only per­former to have mas­tered the feel of Neil’s mu­sic”.

Kiwi tribute band Dreams— The Fleet­wood Mac Ex­pe­ri­ence, one of New Zealand’s most cel­e­brated tribute acts, is re­garded as ex­pertly evok­ing the smooth rock days of the 70s and 80s when Fleet­wood Mac re­leased hit af­ter hit.

“Stars Un­der The Stars 2018 guar­an­tees to re-ig­nite those feel­good mem­o­ries thou­sands came to know and love from the out­door con­certs at Mills Reef Win­ery be­tween 2003 and 2014,” says con­cert pro­moter CraigWil­son of Premium En­ter­tain­ment.

“We have had noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back since an­nounc­ing the con­cert’s re­turn and are proud to part­ner with Clas­sic Fly­ers to make it hap­pen.

“Plus, what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the re­birth of this crowd favourite con­cert than with these two in­cred­i­ble bands.”

Po­si­tioned on the tar­mac fac­ing back to­wards Clas­sic Fly­ers, all con­cert-go­ers can set up on the grass or as­phaltwith their own seat­ing and food. No BYO drinks are per­mit­ted but al­co­hol and non-al­co­hol drinks can be pur­chased once at the con­cert.

Clas­sic Fly­er­sNZ sales man­ager Amy Scott says it was a “no-brainer” when Craig shared his vi­sion to re-launch the con­cert at the pop­u­lar avi­a­tion venue.

“To col­lab­o­rate on what has pre­vi­ously been such an iconic Tau­ranga event is very ex­cit­ing,” Amy says.

“Most peo­ple don’t re­alise the out­door area we have here at Clas­sic Fly­ers is well equipped to host a range of events.

“We re­cently had­more than 3000 peo­ple come through for BOP Mus­tang Own­ers Club All USA Day and with the back­drop of the Tau­ranga Air­port you can’t get much bet­ter.”

■ 2018 Stars Un­der The Stars at Clas­sic Fly­ers is on Sun­day 9 De­cem­ber from 6pm-10pm, with gates open­ing from 4pm.

Stars Un­der the Stars con­cert pro­moter Craig Wil­son and Clas­sic Fly­ers NZ sales man­ager Amy Scott on the tar­mac where the Stars Un­der The Stars stage will sit for the out­door con­cert this Sun­day.

New Zealand’s own Fleet­wood Mac band, Dreams— The Fleet­Wood Mac Ex­pe­ri­ence plays at StarsUn­dertheS­tars.

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