UB40 plays Kerikeri

A sell-out crowd of 5000 packed the natural amphitheatre at Kainui Rd Winery north of Kerikeri on Wednesday night for the first show of UB40’s New Zealand tour. The UK reggae legends were backed by former Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison and Kiwi reggae veterans Herbs, with more than 15 food, wine and craft beer stalls keeping the fan’s appetites satisfied. The event’s success and good-natured, all-ages crowd all but guarantee concerts at the boutique winery will become an annual event with promoters already lining up a big-name band for 2017, enough time to iron out problems with traffic and drink queues. Photos by Peter de Graaf.