The Winery Tour returning to Hawke's Bay with star lineup to celebrate 10th anniversary

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Brooke Fraser will head to Havelock North for The Winery Tour early next year. Photo/File
Brooke Fraser will head to Havelock North for The Winery Tour early next year. Photo/File

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour will be returning to the Bay in 2017 with an all star line-up featuring two of New Zealand's most successful artists of all time, Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga, and exciting newcomer Benny Tipene.

The Winery Tour 2017 will present twelve shows around New Zealand, celebrating the Kiwi summer in the best way possible, with outstanding music and great wine in some of New Zealand's most idyllic wineries and outdoor venues.

Included in the whirlwind tour is Friday, February 10, at Havelock North's Black Barn Vineyards.

Opening the show will be Winery Tour newcomer Benny Tipene, an exciting new talent rapidly making a very big name for himself in NZ. Benny exploded onto the airwaves with four hits from his debut album Bricks including the #1 platinum single Walking on Water and top-ten gold single Lonely.

Benny is busy completing his second album in time for the Winery Tour, an album which will include his brand new single Where Love Comes From.

"Touring all around New Zealand, playing amazing places, sharing the stage with two musical icons - what a great way to spend summer!" says Benny.

Los Angeles-based Brooke Fraser will return home to headline the 2017 Tour, following the release of her first career retrospective album A Sides.

Having played on the very first Winery Tour back in 2007, Bic Runga returns to tour the vines once again. Bic will be celebrating her induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (the youngest ever inductee) and her brand new album Close Your Eyes (including the single of the same name), showcasing her interpretations of some of music's most classic songs.

Bic adds "I'm excited to rejoin the Winery Tour family, to hit the road again and to play all my songs and some of my favourite covers in the most spectacular venues."

Promoters Brent Eccles and Campbell Smith are delighted that The Winery Tour has reached the 10-year milestone: "We love the Winery Tour, it's simply the best and most fun tour we produce," says Smith.

"We can scarcely believe that we have clocked up 139 shows over the past decade, most of them truly amazing gigs, by great NZ artists in stunning NZ locations. We just want more of the same and we know the fans do too. We couldn't think of a better bill to celebrate this milestone, the 2017 Winery Tour is destined to be one of the very best."

For more information see winerytour.co.nz.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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