10 October 2016

Diesel coming to Moonshiners' Festival

He brought you such songs as Tip of my Tongue and now Aussie rocker Diesel is bringing his music to Gore.

Diesel has been confirmed as the headline act for the 2017 Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival.

A major Australasian talent, Diesel rarely plays to a New Zealand audience. The Festival, to be held on Saturday 18 March, is likely to be his first performance in Southland.

Hits including Tip of My Tongue and Come to Me made Diesel, aka Mark Lizotte, a household name when his debut solo album Hepfidelity went number one in New Zealand, in 1992.

Next year marks 30 years since he burst on to the Australian music scene with his band Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. His career was sealed following a tour with future brother-in-law Jimmy Barnes.

With over 35 singles, 16 albums, 6 ARIA awards and record sales edging one million, Diesel is a journeyman of music. He has blues music in his DNA, and has blended styles to come up with a truly unique sound, punctuated with his distinct guitar playing and vocals.

Diesel will be supported by Kiwi acts The Warratahs, The Nukes and Dunedin-based Bulletproof Convertible.

Held every two years in Gore’s Arts & Heritage Precinct, the Moonshiners’ Festival celebrates Southland’s illicit whisky-making heritage with music, themed food and locally distilled beverages.

Event convenor Jim Geddes said the music line-up was a perfect fit for the festival.

“We’re lucky to have secured a big act like Diesel for Gore. He has a distinctly US southern rock sound reminiscent of our moonshine-making cousins.

“The Warratahs tie in Gore’s country music connection, and Bulletproof Convertible has a blues, country, rockabilly sound.”

The organising committee has worked hard to make sure the line-up was true to the Festival’s theme and also lived up to the expectations of the Festival faithful, Mr Geddes said.

He predicts Auckland three-piece ukulele band The Nukes will bring a smile to punters’ faces.

“They’re part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash; they will provide a delightful edge to the day’s programme.”

The Hokonui Celtic Pipe Band will make its debut appearance at the Festival.

“We’ve always incorporated an ‘Address to the Haggis’ within the Festival, so it will be great to have a full pipe band this time to enhance the Scottish flavour of the event.”

Organisers have managed to keep ticket prices the same as last year, $50 for pre-sales, even though there are more bands in the 2017 line-up, Mr Geddes said.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday 14 October via or  phone 0508 i-TICKET (0508 484 253)

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