Otago Daily Times
Smooth sailing for some musicians as scheme returns
WELLINGTON: Bands will be able to cross the Cook Strait free this summer, provided they perform during the crossing.
The Bands on Board scheme run by Interislander provides free transportation for musicians who entertain the passengers.
It is only possible on the Kaitaki ferry sailings, however, as no other ferry has the stage area to host musicians.
Since 2006, 4694 sailings have had an artist perform, the genres spanning folk, jazz, blues and reggae.
Over the peak time of summer, there is normally one performer per crossing. Whether that will continue with closed borders is not known.
Bands looking to get involved in the scheme are being encouraged to apply at the Interislander website.
‘‘We vet all applications to ensure the quality and suitability of performers and we prioritise familyfriendly acts,’’ KiwiRail chief executive Greg Miller said.
‘‘Passenger bookings are already heavy over the ChristmasNew Year period and having performers on board gives bands exposure to a new audience, as well as free passage for one vehicle and up to six people, while creating a festive Kiwi summer vibe for Kaitaki’s passengers.’’ — RNZ