Bee Gee Barry Gibb confirmed for Mission gig

By Roger Moroney -
Barry Gibb is set to headline the Mission Estate concert in February. Photo / Supplied
Barry Gibb is set to headline the Mission Estate concert in February. Photo / Supplied

Barry Gibb, the eldest and only surviving member of iconic group the Bee Gees, has been confirmed as the headline act for next year's Mission Concert in Hawke's Bay.

Event management company SEL expects a strong demand for tickets.

Gibb, 66, will be launching his international Mythology Tour with three concerts in his old homeland of Australia before jetting to Napier to perform on the Mission stage for the February 23 show.

The tour has been put together to pay tribute to the success he and his brothers Maurice and Robin achieved on the world's music stage over five decades.

It has been eagerly anticipated and Mission concert goers will be just the fourth audience to see it. Carole King will perform as support.

Today's announcement was made at noon by SEL chairman James Erskine and Mission Estate Winery Board chairman Phil Hocquard.

Erskine said he was delighted to be able to make the announcement as the show promised to be something "very special".

Hocquard said having Gibb headline the concert, which is expected to draw more than 25,000 people, continued the tradition of bringing top-class acts to the Bay.

At solo concerts in the United States earlier this year, Gibb performed songs from the very earliest days of New York Mining Disaster to the disco-dancing Stayin' Alive.

As with previous concerts over the past decade Mission Concert Club members will get first dibs at tickets and details will be available on the website.

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