Con­cert by the Lake back

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HAT­TAN

Pic­ture this. Jamie McDell’s an­gelic voice is drift­ing to­wards you. You’re com­fort­ably seated on the bank of a stun­ning lake and you have a glass of bub­bles in hand.

This could be­come a re­al­ity if you pur­chase a ticket or two for next year’s Con­cert by the Lake.

On the back of a suc­cess­ful first out­ing in Fe­bru­ary, plans for a sec­ond Con­cert by the Lake are well un­der­way. The event is once again be­ing or­gan­ised by Ro­tary Mata­mata.

Ro­tary di­rec­tor in charge of the con­cert Lynette Stan­ley said the ser­vice club was thrilled with how Fe­bru­ary’s con­cert went.

‘‘Ex­cep­tional’’ acts have been se­cured for next Fe­bru­ary’s con­cert, Lynette said. ‘‘We be­lieve the line up is as good, if not bet­ter, than last year.’’

Jamie McDell is making a re­turn. ‘‘Jamie really loved per­form­ing at the in­au­gu­ral event ear­lier this year. She found it very unique.’’

Tau­ranga-based jazz and blues band Kokomo have also been se­cured. Lynette said this band has head­lined at a num­ber of ma­jor jazz fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the New Zealand Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Tim Arm­strong and the Bea­tles Trib­ute Band hope to get the crowd up and danc­ing on the lake em­bank­ment.

Lo­cal tal­ent Bryan Rawiri will also grace the stage once again.

Lynette said it was great to have a va­ri­ety of mu­sic gen­res at the con­cert, which she felt would ap­peal to a wide range of peo­ple.

A few changes have been made in­clud­ing a slightly big­ger pon­toon. The sound sys­tem has also been im­proved to of­fer a bet­ter qual­ity of sound in the nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre.

When: Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, 1pm-6pm Where: Pri­vate property, 162 Jon­dor Rd Fea­tur­ing: Jamie McDell, jazz/ blues band Kokomo, Tim Arm­strong and the Bea­tles Trib­ute Band and lo­cal mu­si­cian Bryan Rawiri. Tick­ets: $45, avail­able from Pa­per Plus, Colour­plus and Mitre 10. Lim­ited cor­po­rate gaze­bos will be avail­able for $750 which in­cludes 10 tick­ets, ta­bles and chairs and the se­cur­ing of a prime view­ing spot.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Joan Reed and Vera Farmilo hav­ing fun at last year’s Con­cert by the Lake.

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