Taupo Summer Concert 2016

Every year, Greenstone Entertainment brings international artists to the iconic Taupo Summer Concert, held outdoors at the Taupo Amphitheatre.

Taupo Summer Concert 2016


Taupo Amphitheatre, Saturday January 30th 2016



Strictly limited local tickets – $89 (plus booking fee) at i-Site Taupo

ALL OTHER BOOKINGS $99 (plus booking fee) through www.ticketek.co.nz (0800 TICKETEK)


Three of rock’s supreme heavy weight artists confirm dates for New Zealand as part of the Summer Concert Tour January 2016. Huey Lewis and the News, REO Speedwagon & Melissa Etheridge all bring their original line ups in an unmissable day at the Taupo Amphitheatre!

After selling out the Taupo Amphitheatre last year, Greenstone Entertainment are excited to return for their 5th year of the Taupo Summer Concert. Audiences will not be disappointed with next year’s line-up featuring; American rock icon Huey Lewis and the News, classic rock legends REO Speedwagon and Grammy Award winning Melissa Etheridge.

Come Saturday January 30th, (Auckland Anniversary long weekend), thousands will flock to hear the sounds of the ORIGINAL band members of these rock legends. Hot off the success of last year’s incredible line-up Heart, Foreigner and Three Dog Night, rock lovers will have to get in quick to avoid missing tickets to the hottest concert of the summer.

Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment says, “We are excited to announce the 2016 Summer Concert Tour line up, with it being the first time that both REO Speedwagon and Huey Lewis and the News have been to our beautiful country. These three legendry artists together, bring a huge song list and will have everyone rocking throughout the day. Showing the commitment to our customers, we’ve again kept the price the same as it’s been for a number of years now, only $89 for local tickets or $99 through ticketek. We believe this offers fantastic value for money, you’d be happy to pay $100 to see just one of these amazing artists.”

Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 36th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.

These are the Grammy Award winners that have brought you ‘If This is It’, ’Heart and Soul’,‘I Want A New Drug’ and ‘Power of Love’ As great a recording career as the band has had, there is something extra special about a Huey Lewis & The News live show.

They incorporate a variety of musical influences including R&B and soul to create their own unique sound. Frontman Huey Lewis' unmistakable voice has a rich, textured quality that lends itself well to not just their hits, but also to the variety of other songs featured in the show.

REO Speedwagon

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. The band’s younger fans might not realize the sheer impact REO has had on music and the culture of rock ‘n’ roll. 

Released in 1980 Hi Infidelity’s millions in sales were fuelled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” Thirty–plus years later, the nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity still remains a high-water mark for rock bands; the album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat simply unattainable in music today.

Alongside frontman Kevin Cronin bandmates are rock legends; Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt. REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007.


Melissa Etheridge

American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist Melissa Etheridge has been charming hearts with her raspy, smoky vocals since she first released her self-titled album Melissa Etheridgein 1988. Going from strength to strength she has been nominated seventeen times for Grammy Awards, winning twice for her well known hits ‘Aint it Heavy’ and ‘Come to My Window’ as well as receiving an Academy Award for Best Original Song ‘I Need to Wake Up’ inAn Inconvenient Truth.

Her latest album This is ME is her 12th collection of new material. For this vibrant collection she teamed with some of the most creative, inventive figures on the music scene: Jerrod Bettis (Adele, One Republic, Eric Hutchinson, Gavin DeGraw), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’Naan, Selena Gomez), JerryWonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige, Akon) and Roccstar (Usher, Chris Brown) at the forefront. Audiences can expect to hear both the Melissa they know and love and her latest and greatest.


10:00 am   Car park opens
11:00 am   Concert venue opens
11:30 am   Local artist
1:00 pm     Melissa Etheridge
3:00 pm     REO Speedwagon
5:00 pm     Huey Lewis & the News
6:30 pm     Concert finishes 


Food and Beverages

Alcohol is not permitted to be bought into the venue to comply with the NZ Liquor Licensing laws.

A wide selection of Gibbston Valley Wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and their award-winning Pinot Noir will be sold at the venue along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages. FREE refill water will be available.

You may bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic drinks. A variety of local food vendors will be on site. Please note: the management reserves the rights to search bags and coolers on entry and prohibited items will be confiscated.


Taupo Summer Concert History

Taupo’s music scene, central location and its abundant infrastructure (such as the Taupo Events Centre) makes it an ideal venue to host some of the worlds “classic all time bands”. 

Set in the backdrop of Lake Taupo and the beginning of the Waikato River, the Amphitheatre provides a spectacular setting for up to 15000 people to experience this event in Taupo.

This concert is in keeping with Great Lake Taupo’s impressive events portfolio, including IRONMAN New Zealand and Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Taupo Summer Concert Ltd will now offer an annual international outdoor concert featuring some of the greatest bands from the 70’s and 80’s.

Appealing to the 40 plus demographic, Taupo Summer Concert will be held during the day to accommodate those who wish to day trip only.

Taupo Summer Concert 2015 was a resounding hit with 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, classic rock legends Foreigner and Grammy-nominated Three Dog Night.

Taupo Summer Concert 2014 featured classic rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (of Jefferson Starship fame) and iconic British group 10cc. 

Taupo Summer Concert 2013 was headlined by Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Bachman & Turner and America.

The inaugural Taupo Summer Concert 2012 was a resounding success with international rock bands Doobie Brothers and Little River Band, New Zealand singer-songwriter Annah Mac and all of those in the Taupo music scene.

Visit the Taupo Summer Concert website for more info.

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