The date for next year's Mission Estate Winery Concert has been confirmed as Saturday, February 15.
Sports and Entertainment (SEL) director of operations Garry Craft said the date announcement was the first of a series of "exciting announcements" planned for the coming weeks.
"We will announce the artists and ticketing details for the concert very soon," Mr Craft said.
He said the date announcement allowed concert fans to start planning accommodation and travel for next year's concert immediately.
"Hawke's Bay is always overwhelmed by demand for accommodation during the weekend of the concert and we are pleased to be able to confirm the date to help both concert fans and the local tourism industry."
Earlier this week he dismissed a rumour that Dolly Parton would be next year's act.
"Let me say this though - this one could be a bit of a surprise."
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