Big names on bill for childcare centre fundraiser

SOPHIE SPEER
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013

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Cake stalls have been replaced with a star-studded musical variety concert as a fundraiser for a Newtown childcare centre.

Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott, and Fat Freddy's Drop's Toby Laing are among the acts at tomorrow's Playspace Society Variety Show.

All the performers have children at the parent-run co-operative childcare centre in Adelaide Rd.

"This generation of parents, it's our chance to make our mark," Scott said. "[It's a reflection of] people who have played in bands before who are now in their mid-30s with children.

"It's an acknowledgement of not necessarily being young party rock'n'roll bands any more, but being something else."

The concert is being held at St James Church in Newtown, which will fit about 100 people. "It's really going to be a community kind of event. We're not putting on a big concert, it's going to be quite small. There'll be crowd participation and singing along."

The concert was expected to raise about $6000 for the childcare centre. "We usually have cake stalls and stuff like that, but we were finding these things to be fairly low yield," Scott said.

"If we raise $6000, we're looking at about 60 cake stalls - so this is much more efficient."

This year there were 15 children attending the centre, many the offspring of musical parents.

Also in the lineup are Trinity Roots' Rio Hemopo, Mara TK, Jessie Moss, and The Yoots.

Scott said the bands would play their well-known songs, including Phoenix Foundation songs performed by a band made up entirely of fathers, and a duo with Scott and McKenzie.

The money raised would "help keep things ticking over". Limited tickets for tomorrow's 7pm show are still available from underthe radar.co.nz for $30.

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- Wellington

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