Coun­try fes­ti­val fans rock in New Year

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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Sea of rain­coats: The crowd at the Sum­mer­lands mu­sic con­cert en­joy the show de­spite the rain.

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Coun­try fever: Coun­try artist Kaylee Bell, orig­i­nally from Wai­mate, per­forms at The Brand­ing New Year’s party at the Lake Hawea Ho­tel.

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