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All-star headliners for Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone as Auckland set to welcome the British & Irish Lions

As Eden Park prepares for the Blues to take on the British & Irish Lions, an all-star line-up of New Zealand musicians has been confirmed as the centrepiece of the Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone, ready to rock the fans during the Tests phase of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series.

New Zealand music doyenne Annie Crummer is joining forces with Che Fu, Opshop’s Jason Kerrison, and Ardijah’s Betty-Anne Monga on stage at the fanzone on Friday 30 June, performing their biggest hits.

DHL New Zealand Lions Series banner.

Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone is the Auckland hub for the Series and the nationwide Rugby 2017 Festival, showcasing New Zealand culture, kicking off from Friday 23 June.

The first Auckland match of the Series is tomorrow when the  Blues take on the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park and features award winning band, Kings as pre-match entertainment. Tickets are still available from usual outlets and online at www.nzlionsseries17.com

During the Test match phase of the Series, Queens Wharf will be home to a programme of free entertainment including match screenings, live performances, exhibitions, family-friendly activities and appearances from rugby personalities, with food and drink for sale.

The programme includes rising young Māori stars TEEKS and iTunes sensation Maimoa Music; Motor City Family Funk Motown band; New Zealand’s best kapa haka rōpū in conjunction with Matariki Festival 2017 and Te Matatini; stunning historic rugby photographs in the Hard on the Heels exhibition by New Zealand’s leading rugby photographer Peter Bush; and the DHL Dome displaying a selection of NZ Rugby trophies.

Annie Crummer, named in yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a Member of the Zealand Order of Merit for services to music, says the ‘dream team’ of musicians, who have always wanted to work together, will pay tribute to musical icons who have passed on.

“The first half of the show is made up of each of our own songs, and it’s hit after hit with this lot. Then we honour those we have recently lost, such as George Michael and Prince. These legends, their songs live through us, have made such an impact on our styles, and on the world. The Lions Series is a brilliant chance to share and celebrate this music.”

Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff says the city comes alive for the Lions.

“Auckland gets a chance to show off everything that makes our city such a great place to live, and to celebrate the talent and creativity we have here. The Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone programme gives Aucklanders and visitors the chance to share the excitement of the Series and check out some of New Zealand’s top performers.”

Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone highlights include:

  • Friday 23 June, 8am: Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone opens, with a host of activities in the build-up to the first Test.
  • Sunday 25 June, 12pm: Choir Day, with the Welsh Male Choir and others.
  • Friday 30 June, 8pm: All-star line-up of New Zealand musicians - Annie Crummer, Che Fu, Jason Kerrison and Betty Anne Monga performing their biggest hits plus songs from late superstars David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and more.
  • Saturday 1 July, 12pm: Te Taumata Kapa Haka, in conjunction with Matariki Festival. Thrilling, live performances by New Zealand’s leading kapa haka groups including 2017 Te Matatini champions Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti together with runners-up Te Waka Huia and leading groups Ngā Tūmanako, Te Mātārae i Orehu, Te Whānau a Apanui, and Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi, which will represent Tāmaki Makaurau at the Secondary Schools National Competition in 2018. A rare opportunity to see a showcase of the very best kapa haka in the world.
  • Saturday 1 July, 6pm: Fresh, young Māori performers TEEKS and iTunes sensation Maimoa Music, with rising kapa haka stars.
  • Friday 7 July, 8pm: Motor City Family Funk Motown band.
  • Fanzone open days: Two photographic exhibitions, by New Zealand’s leading rugby photographer Peter Bush, and long-time press photographer Barry Durrant.
  • Fanzone open days: DHL Dome, featuring New Zealand’s staggering array of rugby trophies together in one place, including the Webb Ellis Trophy (the Rugby World Cup) on display 6-8 July.
  • Match screenings will include the three Test matches live, Hurricanes v The British & Irish Lions live, as well as replays of classic matches.
  • *CLOSED* Please note that Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone will be closed on Mon 26 June, Wed 28 June, Thu 29 June, Mon 3 July, Tue 4 July and Wed 5 July.

For Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone opening days and times, a full programme and details of regional fanzones, go to aucklandnz.com/fanzone. For more information about everything in the Rugby 2017 Festival, go to rugby2017festival.com. For tickets to the Blues v The British & Irish Lions match, go to www.nzlionsseries17.com/


Updated on 6th June 2017