9 January 2013

Big names and big changes for Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival

One of New Zealand’s best-loved bands OPSHOP is teaming up with one of Southland’s most successful singers Annah Mac for this year’s Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival.

The two headline acts for the 2013 event are not the only big news for moonshiner fans. The festival is being held on a new date. This year's festival will be held on 23 March at the Heritage Precinct.

New date to avoid event bottleneck

The decision to move the date back to March was to get away from the bottleneck of events in the Gore District during February, festival committee spokesman Jim Geddes said.

“It will be better for our stall holders, community groups and us.

“Traditionally, March is also more settled weather wise.”

Top acts a major coup

Attracting such a big name entertainer as OPSHOP was a major coup, Mr Geddes said.

“We were absolutely chuffed when, without hesitation, they said ‘yes’.”

Talented former Tokanui singer-songwriter Annah Mac will be a major drawcard as well. Since starting her career at the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, in Gore, Annah Mac has gained critical acclaim and won numerous songwriting awards.

The two headline acts will be supported by Central Otago country singers Jody Direen and Craig Adams.

Tickets for the festival will be available from iticket and the Destination Gore Information Centre.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: