Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Finalists Showcase ready to roll

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Finalists Showcase ready to roll

[press release]

Tickets on sale now for Wellington and Christchurch VNZMA Finalists Showcase events  

Three of the country's top musicians are set to light up the Wellington Town Hall on September 16 and Christchurch's James Hay Theatre the following night, as part of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Finalists Showcase gigs. 

For the first time, the Music Awards is taking three of the event finalists on the road, with the line-up set to be announced on September 1.

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards is creating special one-off concerts to celebrate the best of New Zealand Music and bring a little bit of the magic of this annual event to a wider audience of music lovers. 

Music Awards spokesman Campbell Smith says: "We are itching to announce the line up - it's going to be awesome, with three Kiwi artists who are at the top of their game. With tickets priced at just $25, people should be booking early, and tickets are on sale today from Ticketek. 

"Anyone who books a ticket before September 1 also goes in the draw to win The VNZMA Ultimate Auckland Experience at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. The prize includes flights thanks to Pacific Blue, accommodation thanks to The Langham in Auckland, VIP tickets to the 2010 VNZMAs, a limo ride to the awards, and a backstage tour." 

Auckland City will also provide the winners with an Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungee Jump or Bridge Climb Voucher, tickets to Auckland Zoo's 'ZOOM' Tour, and a $100 Voucher for Orbit Restaurant on top of the Sky Tower. What's more, the good folk at Vodafone will give the winners a new Blackberry and airtime package.

Smith says it's a great time to take the Music Awards on tour. "We're certain that people will flock to the Finalists Showcases in Wellington and Christchurch, and also join the crowd at Vector Arena or tune in to watch the Awards live on C4. 

"Live music is one of the best ways to experience Kiwi music. I encourage people to come along, check out the finalists in action, and then tune in to C4 on October 7 to see who takes away the Tuis this year." 

Watch C4 and keep your radio locked to The Edge in Wellington & Christchurch for great ticket giveaways, information about what's happening in your area, and more. 

Visit for more info. 

Tickets are $25 + applicable booking fees through Ticketek. See

To enter the draw to win the VNZMA Ultimate Auckland Experience prize, buy your tickets early, head to Road Runner pages for Wellington and Christchurch, click on the link/ email to register your name, details and ticket number, and you'll be in the draw. 

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are held at Vector Arena on October 7. 

The Tuis presented at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2010 ceremony are for:

Album of the Year; Single of the Year; Best Group; Best Male Solo Artist; Best Female Solo Artist; Breakthrough Artist of the Year; Pop Album of the Year, Highest Selling NZ Album; Highest Selling NZ Single; Radio Airplay Record of the Year; Best Music Video; Best Rock Album; Best Urban/Hip Hop Album; Best Electronica Album; Best Aotearoa Roots Album; Best Maori Album; Best Gospel/Christian Album; Best Classical Album; People's Choice Award, International Achievement Award, The Legacy Award.

No finalists are announced for the Highest Selling NZ Single, Highest Selling NZ Album or Radio Airplay Record of the Year Awards.

The International Achievement and the Legacy Awards are judged by the RIANZ Board and awarded at the Board's discretion.  No finalists are announced for these categories. 

Technical Award Categories (presented at the Finalists Announcement 1 September) are for:

•·Best Producer

•·Best Engineer

•·Best Album Cover

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