Park ready to rock
Former Matamata resident, vocalist Brendan Pyper, will front his Hamilton-based band, The Latest Fallout, at Christmas at the Park.
The Latest Fallout, and fireworks, will be the big drawcard at this year’s Christmas at the Park.
The Hamilton band, fronted by vocalist Brendan Pyper who is originally from Matamata, will be performing songs from their selftitled debut album as well as new songs at Bedford Park.
Audiences will get to watch the band twice at the December 6 event. They will play at 7pm, after the Matamata Brass Band, and again at 9pm. Students from various schools, including Matamata Intermediate’s choir, Hinuera, Kuranui, Te Poi and Matamata Christian, will be singing Christmas-themed songs too. The Paul sisters, who will show off their hip hop dancing skills, are two of many Matamata College students who will perform. Niamh Rhodes and The Andrew Sisters will also sing. All of these entertainers, including a drum band, were scouted from the talent quest at the college. Aspire Arts Academy dancers will also perform and Keeley Frearson will dance solo.
The night will close with twice as many fireworks as at the last local Christmas at the Park, the organisers said, at 9.15pm. This is sponsored by Hobbiton.
The event is a combined effort by all of the churches in Matamata.
Producer Iuta Vaimoso and stage manager Ross Bay are also looking for volunteers to help with the gates, security and setting up and packing up.
Private message them through the Christmas at the Park Facebook page.