Mu­sic fills Town Hall af­ter 6 years

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE GATES

Mu­sic has filled the Christchurch Town Hall for the first time since 2011, but it is uncer­tain when the venue will be ready for au­di­ences.

The three-year project to re­store the his­toric Town Hall is set for com­ple­tion by the mid­dle of next year, but there is no ex­act open­ing date yet.

The bud­get has crept up from $127.5 mil­lion to $133.1m to ac­count for in­fla­tion since the proj- ect was first ap­proved in 2015-16.

Can­ter­bury Rock­quest win­ners Run 77 donned hard hats and hivis jack­ets over their school uni­forms to per­form in the main au­di­to­rium yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The band – com­prised of Christ’s Col­lege stu­dents An­gus Mur­ray, An­gus Moss­man, Ge­orge Mur­ray, Henry Phelps and Rob­bie Rolle­ston – played to cel­e­brate the two-year mark on the Town Hall restora­tion project.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of VBase, which will op­er­ate the venue once it is re­opened, said he was not yet tak­ing book­ings for the Town Hall.

‘‘There is still a long way to go. We will have a clear idea at the be­gin­ning of next year,’’ Dar­ren Bur­den said.

Christchurch City Coun­cil Town Hall project di­rec­tor Pa­trick Can­til­lon said con­struc­tion was on track for com­ple­tion in the mid­dle of next year. Her­itage ma­te­ri­als would soon be re­turned to the build­ing.

Run 77 lead singer An­gus Moss­man said it was ‘‘pretty cool’’ to per­form in the au­di­to­rium.

‘‘It was awe­some. It feels great to play in the Town Hall; we are all so stoked to be here.

‘‘The acous­tics were amaz­ing, lots of re­verb and bass.’’

Can­til­lon said watch­ing the band play re­minded him why they were work­ing so hard to re­store the Town Hall.

‘‘We are re­mem­ber­ing what we for­got.

‘‘This is what it is all about. It is great to hear this and un­der­stand why we are here.’’

PHOTO: JOSEPH JOHN­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Smoke­free Rock­quest Can­ter­bury win­ners Run 77 be­come the first mu­si­cians to per­form in the Christchurch Town Hall since the 2011 earth­quakes.

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