12 Dec 2012 - NZPGA
While world-renowned golfers and celebrities are lining up to take a swing at the 2013 NZ PGA Championship, an open air concert on the Saturday night (March 2 2013) looks set to be a highlight of the event whether you are a golf lover or not.
NZ PGA tournament director Michael Glading said he had “great pleasure” in announcing local Queenstown band the ‘Lynch Mob’ in the supporting role to rising Auckland star Jamie McDell, already announced as the headline act.
Jamie -- who New Zealanders have come to know and love with a series of chart-topping singles -- will be first on stage and concert-goers will be invited to ‘party on’ with the Lynch Mob.
Locals’ favourites the Lynch Mob are renowned throughout the region for crowd-pleasing music with huge appeal, guaranteed to get the most reluctant in the audience on their feet and dancing. Their most celebrated gig was the 2010 ‘Over the Top Rock’ performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, played a mile high on Cecil Peak overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
A family affair, four of the six members of the Lynch Mob are siblings -- Emma Pullar on vocals, and brothers Ben, Nick and Tom Lynch on vocals and lead guitar, keyboard and bass respectively. Drummer Marc Hamilton and vocalist Stacey McDonald complete the line-up.
Ms Pullar said she and the band were very much looking forward to the night.
“It’s such a spectacular setting at The Hills,” she said. “The new location of entertainment area The 19th means we’ll have an amazing amphitheatre for the audience. It’ll be a great night.”
Mr Glading said the concert – free to those attending the championship event -- was guaranteed to be an entertainment highlight amidst four days of stunning golf. The line-up of golfing greats already includes renowned US golfer Hale Irwin, top Australian golfer Brendan Jones, and Kiwi golfer and title-holder Michael Hendry . The list of ‘celebrities’ includes teen golf sensation Lydia Ko, golfing legend sir Bob Charles, TV personality and ex cricketer Mark Richardson, and flamboyant English cricket star Sir Ian Botham.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 NZPGA Championship which will run from Thursday February 28 to Sunday March 3. Tickets are just $55 for the season (all four days), or $20 a day for Thursday and Friday, and $30 a day Saturday or Sunday. Children aged 10 to 17 are $15 for Saturday only (free all other days), and youngsters under 10 are free of charge.
As well as the Saturday evening concert, scheduled to start when golf play ends, The 19th will feature an extensive array of regional food, wine, merchandise and daily entertainment.