City of song lives up to its name

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELEANOR WEN­MAN

Mu­sic will soon be ring­ing out from the sound­shell as Up­per Hutt pre­pares for its an­nual City of Song mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Four­teen artists will be play­ing all af­ter­noon and into the night, in­clud­ing head­line act The War­ratahs, at the Fe­bru­ary 18 fes­ti­val at the Har­court Park Sound­shell.

Lead singer Barry Saun­ders said the band was look­ing for­ward to get­ting up on stage for Up­per Hutt and be­ing back in the cap­i­tal.

‘‘We don’t play Welling­ton enough, so it’ll be great.’’

The band were plan­ning on play­ing all their recorded songs as well as some tracks from their new al­bum, Run­away Days.

The War­ratahs have been per­form­ing to­gether for more than three decades and Saun­ders said the band grew out of a group of friends get­ting to­gether for a jam.

‘‘We got the band to­gether back in the day to play a few songs and we are still go­ing 30 years later.’’

Up­per Hutt has been mak­ing a name for it­self as the city of song, with many mu­si­cians, singers, song­writ­ers and in­stru­ment mak­ers work­ing in and around the area. This year’s mu­sic fes­ti­val show­cases some of this lo­cal tal­ent.

Singer and song­writer Re­nee Mau­rice grew up in Up­per Hutt and gained fame af­ter win­ning 2013’s New Zealand’s Got Tal­ent. She will take to the stage along­side Welsh artist Gareth Barker.

Other acts in­clude The Noo­dles, Ebony and up-and­com­ing artist Veron­ica Grace.

As well as the mu­sic, other en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided on the day and fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring along a pic­nic bas- ket for a cruisy sum­mer­time spread. Food and drink stalls will also be set up.

The mu­sic fes­ti­val is be­ing run in part by the City of Song Trust. Led by Wayne Marsh, the trust aims to en­cour­age lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent to grow.

* City of Song will run from 3pm to 10pm Fe­bru­ary 18 at the Har­court Park Sound­shell. En­trance by gold coin do­na­tion.

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The City of Song mu­sic fes­ti­val is fast ap­proach­ing and Kiwi band The War­ratahs are set to head­line.

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