Northland music fans will be well served with two festivals lined up for the region early next year.
The More FM Winery Tour 2011 will again visit Northland featuring three of the country's hottest acts - Brooke Fraser, Opshop and Midnight Youth.
The tour will hit Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, on February 4 and 5, and the Tutukaka Marina Reserve on February 6.
Meanwhile, the Selective Soundz Festival will be held at a property on Settlement Rd, Mangawhai, on February 26, with a line-up that includes Kora, six60, Anika Moa, Dane Rumble, Soaljah, top Northland roots act 1814 and guests.
New Zealand's favourite songbird, Fraser will headline the Winery Tour 2011 summer series along with an all male entourage - chart-topping four-piece band Opshop and the popular Auckland rock band Midnight Youth.
Now in its fifth year, the popularity of the Winery Tour has seen the run more than double since its inception in 2007, with 19 shows nationwide.
The Tutukaka concert, added to the run this year returns again to Marina Reserve on February 6 after this year's Winery Tour brought Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and Tim Finn to Tutukaka.
Organisers say they have learned from the inaugural Winery Tour concert at Tutukaka this year and are better prepared for the February show.
Co-promoter Brent Eccles says the 2011 line-up is a great blend of pop, rock and ballads, with something for fans of all ages and musical persuasions this summer. "The Marina Reserve is right on the water in the scenic Tutukaka basin and provides a magical backdrop," he said. For tickets see www.winerytour.co.nz and Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz.
Bayes Coachlines will put on a bus service for $30 per person for the Tutukaka show, leaving from the Information Centre, SH1, at 4.20pm, Town Basin Bus Parks at 4.35pm and Tikipunga College at 4.40pm. The bus will leave promptly after the concert, from the main entrance at 10.15pm.
Set in the serenity of Northland's beach and holiday haven of Mangawhai, Selective Soundz is the music festival to peak the epic end of summer.
With an impressive line-up of live bands and DJs, licensed bars, gourmet food and sideshow stalls, it is set in a casual and festive atmosphere.
Kora, who top the line-up, are renowned for their dynamic stage show. Whangaroa band 1814 have been skanking up crowds with their upbeat, funky approach to roots and reggae.
Earlybird tickets are on sale now until January 1 through www.eventfinder.co.nz. See also www.selectivesoundz.co.nz.