City of song lives up to its name
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.
The City of Song music festival is fast approaching and Kiwi band The Warratahs are set to headline.