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March 22, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Organisers of the first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival are putting the call out for volunteers to help out at the event.

The one-day outdoor music festival will be held at the Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday April 26 2014. 

Elvis Costello and the Imposters will woo fans at the Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival_mediaFestival organisers are also urging would-be festival goers to ‘get in quick’ — early bird ticket sales for the inaugural event finish at midnight on Sunday 30 March and cost $119. The general admission price will then rise to $129.

Around 40 volunteers are needed the day before the festival to help with set up, and on the day for things such as ticketing, ground staff, people management and set-up and pack down, in return for free entry to the event, food and refreshments.

Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival Director Grant Hilton said it was a good opportunity for people to be involved in the day and soak up the festival atmosphere.

“We’re after trustworthy and hardworking people who are over 18 and can spare a minimum six hours of their time to help out at what will be an amazing event,” he said.

The Doobie Brothers are the headline act at the new Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival_media“Volunteers are crucial to making the event a success and we’re looking for people to fill a variety of roles, so for example anyone with general handyman skills, who can operate machinery or move boxes around would be useful for the Friday.

“For the event itself we’re looking for some bright, friendly and helpful people to ensure the event goes smoothly and that everyone is having a great time,” said Mr Hilton.

Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to go online and complete an application form at

Mr Hilton said there was still time for people to take advantage of the reduced early bird ticket price.

The Johnnys are coming to Queenstown_media“Where else can see you six renowned acts and musicians and a great local act in one day and experience a musical extravaganza of over eight hours for this price?

“There are plenty of other events where you would be paying this much to see just one of these acts.

“Add to that the fact that this has to be one of the most beautiful event locations in the world and it promises a fantastic day of musical entertainment with the stunning Remarkables mountain range backdrop.”

Headlining the day will be legendary California rock band The Doobie Brothers, along with acclaimed singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and The Imposters, New Zealand’s favourite live collaborative group Fly My Pretties, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul masters The Black Seeds, veteran blues musician King Leo and all-girl group The Johnnys, who deliver Johnny Cash songs “like no-one’s heard ‘em before”.

The non-stop, full production music festival – gates open at 10.30am with the first act on stage at 11am – will see up to 15,000 people enjoying the very best in blues, soul and rock and roll accompanied by an exciting array of local food, beer, wine and market stalls.

A wide range of transport options to and from the festival are available, including special deals for ticket holders – details are on the website.

Tickets for the first Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival are available through the website, by contacting 0800 BLUESQT (0800 2583778) or

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