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Sun 27 Jan 2008, 4:30pm

Where: Luna Estate, Puruatanga Rd, Martinborough, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • A RESERVE: $158.00
  • B RESERVE: $130.00
  • VIP PACKAGE: $350.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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!”

Alana Estate is 1 hour drive from Wellington and boasts a fully planted vineyard, a state of the art water based frost control system, a state of the art gravity fed winery and a staff dedicated to the goals and vision of Alana Estate. World class wines are being produced which are winning many medals accolades both world wide as well as New Zealand. The Alana Wine and Food Experience headed by renowned chef Ian Garner was started in 2005. This has been an outstanding success and Alana Estate is now catering for weddings, corporate functions as well as the lunch time Wine and Food Experience where the wines are perfectly matched to the food prepared by Ian.
Tickets from Ticketmaster 0800 111 999
Ticket prices:
Reserve seating Gold - $158
Reserve seating Silver - $130
General Admission - $90
VIP Packages available for $350 from the winery Phone: 06 306 9784

Coach transport to event: Tranzit Buses, ph 06 377 1227, or