Black Barn Vineyards
New Zealand, RD12 Havelock North Hawkes Bay
The Amphitheatre has been described by internationally recognised singers and musicians as probably the best outdoor venue in New Zealand. Renowned for its acoustics, sight-lines and atmosphere it is a truly memorable location. Rather than simply being an uncomfortable slope on a hill, the Black Barn Amphitheatre was carved out of the hillside and purpose built from scratch. We went to a lot of trouble to ensure the space was the perfect outdoor concert venue taking careful consideration of acoustics and views and burying everything from lighting, sound and even eftpos cabling underground. Large flat grassed terraces mean concert-goers sit in comfort with close uninterrupted views of the stage and the whole of Hawkes Bay as their backdrop. Every terrace is fairy lit for concerts and the entire amphitheatre is surrounded by a circle of 50 year-old muscatel grapes. The Black Barn Summer Concert season is restricted to a very limited number of events over Summer and bookings can be made via the winery and website.
During the winter enjoy the intimacy of an Underground Cellar concert, with the warmth of the braziers and New Zealand's best artists, the limited tickets never last long.
The Amphitheatre offers concerts of all genres.
Next concert: Pokey Lafarge
Style-master Pokey is an Americana artist who has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. Touring with a five-piece backing band, members play anything from a harmonica, to a washboard, to a cornet.
Now signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records, Pokey was honoured with a second consecutive Best Americana Album win at the Independent Music Awards. Pokey LaFarge is a man on a mission, encouraging audiences worldwide to think differently about what it means to celebrate musical traditions. Simply put, Pokey explains, “It’s not retro music. It’s American music that never died.”
His music is provoking, energetic and if he can’t get you to swing the dance floor nothing will.
An intimate show at the Black Barn Market, Pokey Lafarge will swing the transformed summer market space. Trees will be lit, braziers will be burning and the pizzas will be cooking.