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Mon 28 Jan 2008, 4:00pm

Where: Villa Maria Estate Winery, 118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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  • GENERAL ADMISSION: $90.00 ea
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One of Australia’s most popular outdoor concerts ‘a day on the green’ today announced its arrival in New Zealand with three major winery events around the country to be headlined by Joe Cocker.

For the past six years and 108 shows, more than half a million Australians have enjoyed the ‘a day on the green’ experience – good food, good wine and great music in the country’s most picturesque wineries and outdoor locations during the summer months.

With its fantastic outdoor venues, thriving wine industry and appreciation of great music, New Zealand is the perfect home for an event such as ‘a day on the green’. The three concerts will be held on Saturday January 26 at Mudhouse Winery in Waipara, Sunday January 27 at Alana Estate in Martinborough and Public Holiday Monday January 28 at Villa Maria Estate Winery in Auckland.

And what better way to kick off the very first ‘a day on the green’ in New Zealand than with one of the very best soul and R&B singers in the history of popular music, Joe Cocker!

He is instantly recognizable for his unique & oh-so sensational guttural growl of a voice, and his uncanny gift of taking well-known songs and recrafting them to instantly make them his own.

Whether it's the funk & soul rendition of Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved", the ever so soulful "Have A Little Faith" or his raunchy reading of Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On', he is a once in a lifetime artist, one who has the transcendent power to transport us to a special place in our collective imaginations.

The Sheffield-born singer has enjoyed hit records through the 1960's, 70s, 80, 90s and now into the first decade of the current century with “Heart & Soul” and the anticipated release of his new album “Hymn To My Soul” due out late January (EMI).

Cocker will be returning to Australia & New Zealand on the back of a hugely successful two month sold out European tour which finishes with two special shows in his hometown Sheffield mid-December. In June Cocker was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to music, and he will finish 2007 with a visit to Buckingham Palace to receive it.

It is on stage that this incredible performer really shines and anyone who has seen a Joe Cocker concert knows it is a night to be remembered, and not to be missed.

‘a day on the green’ concerts feature multiple artists, and the special guest supports for the three concerts will be local roots legend Midge Marsden and blues sensation Hammond Gamble (solo).

‘a day on the green’ concerts have all-inclusive VIP packages, reserved seating at the front of the stage and general admission tickets so patrons may byo picnic rugs & deck chairs.

‘a day on the green’ is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available on site or BYO picnic.

Promoter Michael Newton from Roundhouse Entertainment said: "We started 'a day on the green' as a way contemporary music could be enjoyed by music lovers in a new way, rather than having to go to smoky clubs or large arenas. The idea of enjoying good food and wine with your friends, while listening to some great music in spectacular environments just seemed like a great way to spend a day. We hope New Zealand music lovers will enjoy it too!”

Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers.
A family owned New Zealand winery founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director, George Fistonich, Villa Maria is 100% New Zealand owned. New Zealand's leading wine
award winner Villa Maria has been New Zealand's leading wine award winner, both nationally and internationally since the early 1980's.
Tickets from Ticketmaster 0800 111 999
Ticket prices:
Reserve seating Gold - $158
Reserve seating Silver - $130
General Admission - $90
VIP Packages available for $500 from the winery Phone: 09 225 0660

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