Since 2012 The Woolshed Tour has been a highlight on rural calendars, bringing a riotous night of entertainment to well over 100 woolsheds from Taumarunui to Tasman to Tuatapere and beyond. Spring 2020 sees the smash-hit Woolshed Tour return with a new double-bill – ‘Life’s a Bitch’ & Mel Parsons. It’s music, it’s comedy, it’s theatre and it’s all rolled into a brilliant and unmissable community night out.

The new theatre/comedy offering ‘Life’s a Bitch’ from comedic duo The Bitches’ Box (Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn), alongside award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons, will tour 20 shows throughout the South Island. The tour kicks off in Windwhistle on October 14 and wraps up in Lake Hawea on November 22.

Each event will start with a fundraising BBQ dinner sponsored by ANZCO Foods and run by the local school or community group – come hungry and support your local kids! A licensed cash bar serving Leefield Station wines, and beer will also be open throughout the evening.

Event Times:
6PM – Doors open, cash bar & fundraiser BBQ dinner
7PM – Show starts – Mel Parsons
8PM – Intermission / bar open
8:30PM – Show resumes – ‘Life’s a Bitch’

South Island 2020 Tour Dates:

Wed 14th Oct Windwhistle

Thur 15th Oct Kekerengu

Fri 16th Oct Blenheim

Sat 17th Oct Blenheim

Sun 18th Oct Cheviot

Wed 21st Oct Rotherham

Thur 22nd Oct Omihi

Fri 23rd Oct Springfield

Sat 24th Oct Springfield

Sun 25th Oct Akaroa

Wed 11th Nov Omarama

Thur 12th Nov Lake Hawea

Fri 13th Nov Orari

Sat 14th Nov Orari

Sun 15th Nov Windwhistle

Wed 18th Nov Clarks Junction

Thur 19th Nov Owaka

Fri 20th Nov Manapouri

Sat 21st Nov Glenorchy

Sun 22nd Nov Lake Hawea

The Woolshed Tour gratefully acknowledges the support of their touring partners: Isuzu Utes, ANZCO Foods, Leefield Station, Eventfinda, and Rural Support Trust.

– Please no BYO drinks as we have a fully licensed and deliciously stocked bar at each event.
– Drinking VESSELS – in the interest of being environmentally conscious, we’d love it if you’d bring your own (preferably plastic) drinking vessel.
– There will also be branded reusable drinking vessels for pre-purchase when you book your tickets (pick up upon entry on the night).
– Dress warmly for the evening, wool sheds can be drafty – feel free to bring a rug.
– Suitable footwear – gumboots are welcome.
– Leave pooches and all pets at home.
– Please bring cash – we are unable to accept cheques, and due to limited phone coverage we are unable to provide reliable eftpos facilities.
– Please drink responsibly and designate a sober driver in your group.
– Due to shed sizes, tickets are very limited for each show and will sell out fast – it is unlikely there will be door sales.Tickets are only available online at

The Woolshed Tour is thrilled to be carrying the message of the Rural Support Trust (RST) – a nationwide network which offers free and confidential support during difficult times and/or to those affected by adverse events.

About the Show:
Mel Parsons: Needing little introduction, multi award-winning musician Mel Parsons brings us new songs from her forthcoming album, along with plenty of old favourites for good measure. The 2020 VNZMA Folk Artist of the Year is a well-loved fixture on the national and international touring circuit, with a beguiling voice and a disarming line of humour that has won her a very dedicated fanbase.

Life’s a Bitch: The Bitches’ Box (Emma Newborn & Amelia Dunbar) present their new show, Life’s A Bitch. It’s the third instalment in their suite of hilarious, romping comedies, all about life as a dog. What happens when two freedom-camping, Swiss circus dogs break down outside the farm? What do drones, pearls and stock trucks have in common? Don’t worry, these two have thought of it all! The Bitches’ Box have taken their shows from woolsheds to glittering festivals worldwide and are beyond excited to get back to the rural communities that have supported them faithfully for so long now.

If any of the events have to be rescheduled due to Covid-19 Govt. restrictions, all tickets will be refunded in full, with ticket holders having the option to retain and transfer their tickets to rescheduled date. Hand sanitiser, a contact register, and location QR code will be provided at each event. Wearing of masks is strongly encouraged, along with social distancing where possible.