Contact Saturday in the Park

Pioneer Park will be the destination for the 2017 Grand Procession and a fun afternoon at the Contact Energy Saturday in the Park.
Expect entertainment for the young and the young at heart, featuring on two stages, one dedicated to all the kids and featuring clowns, jugglers and magic shows. The main stage features a stunning line up headed by...

Jody Direen
Jody Direen

Dubbed the 'Queen of Country' in her home country, Jody Direen hails from Wanaka. After a solid five years travelling between her home country, Australia and the USA touring, writing and recording, she signed with major record label, ABC Music. Jody has since had numerous Top 10 and #1 singles in both Australia and New Zealand.

Jody is the 2015 Female Artist of the Year (CMANZ) as well as 2015 'Benny' Award winner for Best Vocalist of the Year. Direen has worked under management of U.S talent management company 'Bear Grylls Ventures' and performed a guest spot on the Global Artist showcase at the CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee (the largest Country music festival in the world). 

Dunedin Jazz Band

Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra

Dunedin’s premiere Big Band led by Jazz Legend Calder Prescott since it’s formation 28 years ago. The band plays regularly around Dunedin and Otago at events, dances, rest homes and pubs and has travelled overseas several times to Festivals at Montreux, Sydney, West Coast USA and Port Macquarie. They play the music from the great bands of the Swing Era along with a helping of modern swing charts and funk!

The official crowning ceremony and awarding of prizes for the floats and other parade entries will be held at 4pm. And don't forget the craft markets are a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early while food and beverage vendors will keep you fed and watered.

2016's  - Saturday in the Park Entertainment

2016's main stage entertainment featured a band, with the working title of The Magnificent Seven, the band was fronted by 3 New Zealand music icons, namely Jordan Luck, Peter Urlich and Eddie Rayner. And accordingly, the group lovingly and faithfully performed all the big songs of the The Dance Exponents, Th’ Dudes and Split Enz, arguably 3 of the country’s most famous bands. To see the band live was to experience a non-stop procession of some of NZ music’s most loved songs, passionately performed by the original singers and backed up by a crack band of players.

On lead guitar is perhaps the best axeman in the country, Brett Adams (The Bads) who is in constant demand for TV and session work. The bassist is Dave Gent, a founding member of The Exponents and still a dynamic force on stage. Rhythm guitar and vocals is taken by Bryan Bell of Dead Flowers fame and the drum seat is filled by Patrick Khutze, yet another considered to be in the top echelon of musicians. Moreover, the band members are all friends and this gives the group a special chemistry and energy onstage, whipped up by Jordan and Peter, 2 of the best front men you’ll ever see. This is topped by the keyboard maestro himself, Eddie Rayner who gives the band an incredible symphonic sound.

You only have to imagine the songs performed to a big crowd in a festival atmosphere to realize what a musical treat we all had.

The Magnificent 7 were ably supported by 3 lovely ladies the Foxy Tones paying tribute to the hits of the 60’s and 70’s.






Ticket Prices


Discounted Early Bird Tickets go on sale in Alexandra and Clyde from Monday the 4th of September. Available from local dairies, service stations, banks and the Alexandra I-Site. Cash sales only no online sales. If you are visiting Alexandra around this time take advantage of the discounts on offer otherwise entry tickets are available at the gate on the day.  The more tickets you buy the cheaper it is, so get a group together. Under 5’s are Free.

1 ticket = $13
2 tickets = $20
3 tickets = $25
4 tickets = $30
5 tickets = $35

Each Subsequent Gate Sales Tickets $7 i.e. 8 x $7= $56
Under 5’s Free


On Stage

1 - 2pm City of Dunedin Jazz Orchestra

2 - 2.30pm Ascot Hotel Brass

3 - 4pm Jody Direen and Band

4pm Massed Pipe

4.15pm Crowning Ceremony and Prize giving

4.45 Jody Direen

Stall Holder Registration


Registration for the 2017 arts and crafts markets, food and beverage sites will be available from March 2017.

Sites are limited, for the full information and application form please download the registration pack below.

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