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Opshop To Headline Southland Uni Games

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Opshop To Headline Southland Uni Games

Platinum-selling band Opshop will head line at the closing of the Southland Uni Games next month.

Venturing south thanks to grabaseat, Opshop will perform at Stadium Southland on Friday, April 16, at the conclusion of three days of quality tertiary sporting competition throughout Southland.

University Sport New Zealand (USNZ), Stadium Southland and Sport Southland are thrilled to have Opshop feature as part of an action-packed Uni Games closing ceremony - a sentiment not lost on the award-winning band.

"It's been way too long since Opshop last played in Invercargill," frontman Jason Kerrison said.

"Last time we were there we wrote a song about Invers called 'The City of Water and Light'. This time it's going to be charging as we'll be playing that song, songs from our previous two records and we'll also take the opportunity to reveal some of the new music off our soon to be released third studio album."

Originally hailing from Southland, Kerrison was looking forward to showing off some famous Southern hospitality and the band were keen to sample this years' bounty of Bluff oysters.

USNZ National Events Manager and Games Director Dene Lynch said Opshop's involvement was a huge coup.

"We wanted to top off the week with a fantastic kiwi act and who better than Southlander Jason Kerrison and Opshop," she said.

"Offering a first class gig to our student athletes, our volunteers and the Southland public is one way we can really show our appreciation for all the hard work, time and resources being dedicated to delivering the Southland Uni Games in April.

"We are extremely grateful for all the support from the Southland community and look forward to showcasing the fantastic sporting facilities here, including track cycling at the ILT Velodrome, to all our student athletes from throughout New Zealand."

OPSHOP will be supported by the soulful, harmonic rhythms of eight piece local band Rhythmonyx. With an element of electronica, Rhythmonyx blend roots and dub, a twist of hip-hop with a touch of jazz and drum and bass, creating a contagious sound that is bound to get everyone onto the dance floor.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 15 and are available from Stadium Southland, through Ticket Direct outlets or online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz. Public Early Bird sales are $25 until 31 March and are $35 thereafter. Tickets are $25 for all students with student I.D. Doors open at 8pm on Friday, April 16, at Stadium Southland.

For more information on the Southland Uni Games, which will be held from April 13-16, 2010, and how to be a volunteer, check out our website www.southlandunigames.co.nz.

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