Country Music Festival Stampedes into Pukekohe Park

Country music superstar and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery electrified the crowd at the first ever Stampede Music Festival at Pukekohe Park on Saturday 4th March.

Headlining alongside McCreery was Coyote Ugly star LeAnn Rimes who wowed the crowd in a casual but professional performance – she even took her heels off halfway through the act because her feet were hurting.

Stampede promoter Greg Mosen says the event went well. "It was fantastic, Scotty especially was a huge hit with the crowd. He was the perfect fit for the event.”

The American Idol Season ten winner performed his first ever New Zealand gig at the event. The singer went on to tell the crowd about his trip to Waiheke and overall experience of the country.

"It has such beautiful scenery and countryside. I’m definitely hoping to come back again next year.”

Mosen, who is keen to put the festival on again next year, had crowd figures tallying around 6,000. A great attendance for a first-time event.

"We’ll debrief with the team and figure out what worked and what didn’t, but the most important thing is that everyone had a blast.”

Pukekohe Park provided the perfect fit for the country music festival, being between Hamilton and Auckland and sitting in unique rural settings.

It is the first time it has been used for a concert, and the set up showed how multi-faceted the venue is and how many purposes it can serve.


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