‘Topp’ entertainment unveiled as tickets go on sale

Spectators at the first ever Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, taking place in Queenstown next Waitangi weekend, will be entertained by well-loved music and comedy duo, the Topp Twins and a live music concert headlined by rising New Zealand country pop star, Jody Direen.

The Topp Twins

The Topp Twins as ‘Ken and Ken’ (photo – Sally Tagg)

Tickets for the two-day Games and concert go on sale today (Tuesday, 4 November) via Ticket Direct.

As well as entertaining spectators throughout the weekend of rural sporting action, the Topp Twins will play a few numbers with Jody to open the Saturday night concert. More special guests will be announced soon.

Jody Direen’s most recent single ‘Tattoo’ reached number three in the NZ Official Top 40 single chart and the singer-songwriter is expected to enjoy even greater success in 2015. She said she couldn’t wait to play during the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Queenstown.

“I’m so excited to be headlining the concert as part of my Break Out tour this summer. It’s gonna be huge! Big sound, big stage, great music and people – this is what I live for,” she said.

The Games feature exciting new formats for traditional rural sports including speed sheep shearing, sheep dog trials, speed fencing, speed milking and coal shovelling. Many rural sports associations are hosting their national championships during the event that is drawing top professional athletes.

Also taking place is the New Zealand Rural Highland Games Championships, the ANZAXE wood chopping trophy featuring four of the best axemen from both sides of the Tasman and the New Zealand Championship of Gumboot Throwing which is relocating next year from Taihape, the ‘Gumboot Capital of NZ’, where the sport had its origins.

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games founder and trustee, Steve Hollander said the concert was a great addition to the whole event.

“It’s going to be an awesome weekend of family entertainment. We have some amazing athletes coming for the championship events and there’ll even be opportunities for spectators to have a go. Then we’ll all swap gumboots for dancing shoes when Jody and the Topp Twins hit the stage!” he said.

Pre-sale single day tickets are priced $15 (adult) and $7.50 (children) with discounted weekend and family (two adults and up to three children) passes.

Concert tickets can be purchased separately or combined with other tickets. All tickets are available online from ticketdirect.co.nz.