Country festival fans rock in New Year
Country music popularity was given a boost last week as the artists at The Branding New Year’s event at the Lake Hawea Hotel racked up some new fans. Rural TV production executive Sarah Perriam said ‘‘we had a fantastic sold out crowd of around 1200 that were so happy and well-behaved which speaks volumes for this style of music and the country community.’’ The eight artists did polished performances and many of those who attended the event commented that they were dubious about country music, but not now, Miss Perriam said. Chilly weather struck the Summerlands music festival at the hotel on January 2 but it failed to dampen the spirits of those who attended. Event director Leon Eru said after the sellout success from the first event held last January it was decided to host the event again. This year’s event almost sold out with moe than 1000 people attending. ‘‘We were hoping to sellout but we still had a really good turnout and it was a successful event,’’ Mr Eru said. The event has a solid following and this year featured more than 30 artists including The Upbeats, Hollie Smith, Tali and Dub Fx as the headline act. Organisers of both events would debrief before a decision would be made to host the events next New Year.
Sea of raincoats: The crowd at the Summerlands music concert enjoy the show despite the rain.
Country fever: Country artist Kaylee Bell, originally from Waimate, performs at The Branding New Year’s party at the Lake Hawea Hotel.