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Musical Milestone for Waipara Hills

UB40 Red Red Wine Tour
The summer drizzle was no deterrent for success of Waipara Hills’ summer concerts, with the team at Waipara Hills treating crowds to yet another fabulous concert season.
Over the space of one month, from December 19 to January 16, nearly 13,500 music lovers flocked through the gates at Waipara Hills winery, to enjoy some iconic and diverse headline acts including Sol3 Mio, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and sell-out UB40 Red Red Wine Tour, with the original band members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. 
Enjoying great kiwi music outdoors is an integral part of the summer experience for many, while an international act like UB40 is always warmly welcomed; the last international act was in December 2010, featuring Blondie and The Pretenders.
Cellar Door and Café Manager Jenny Anderson was particularly thrilled with the UB40 event on January 16 with 7,700 tickets sold, and was the first international act to grace the stage at Waipara Hills since the Christchurch earthquake nearly five years ago.
“Bringing back an international act to the venue to a sell-out crowd is a great success and provides an outdoor atmosphere amongst the vines which is completely different from being in an event centre,” she said.
The UB40 VIP area hosted a number of growers and guests of our New Zealand distributor Hancocks, who all thoroughly enjoyed splendid food, wine, beer and music.
Waipara Hills is proud of its North Canterbury heritage; championing the land, its wine, and hospitality. 
This is perfectly illustrated with the reputation these concerts hold with both its artists taking part and its crowds, who are always well looked after by the Waipara Hills team, who provide award winning wines paired up with delicious food.
Jenny strives for reputable enjoyable well organised concerts, which consequently create interest and awareness of the Waipara Valley region, and of Waipara Hills being the leading concert venue of its kind in North Canterbury and a top choice for a cellar door experience in the region.
“Our summer concerts make for a wonderful atmosphere watching large crowds of all ages just simply enjoying life, as they should,” said Jenny.
An encore from UB40 thrilled the crowd, as the sound of Red Red Wine filled the picturesque setting one final time. 

  Photos by Bradley Garner
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