Shihad to rock the Hutt Valley

BY KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 10:28 04/12/2012
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Rock the Hutt: Kiwi rockers Shihad will be in good company when they drop back in to the Station Village complex on Boxing Day.

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Shihad will rock the Hutt Valley this summer when they return to Wellington for a Boxing Day gig.

The New Zealand music stalwarts kick off  the Village Complex's summer line-up of big name rock and soul acts.

Shihad, who last played in the Hutt Valley in April, kick off their nationwide tour with a Boxing Day (December 26) gig at the Village.

Melbourned-based "soul and roll" band King Cannons and and London-based New Zealand group I Am Giant will join Shihad on the night and for their tour.

Six60 also return to the Hutt City, playing three days later on December 29. The Dunedin five-piece, which formed in 2006,  has grown into a formidable act.

It has been a non-stop ride for the five-piece, who have played to sold-out crowds around the world.

They're currently hot stuff after scooping six Tui’s at last month’s New Zealand Music Awards, including the coveted People's Choice award.

It’s not only Kiwis who will be taking to the stage at the Village. Hard-touring Aussie pub rocker Jimmy Barnes will perform on January 2, along with our own sultry songstress Gin Wigmore.

Wigmore is recognisable as the singer who features alongside the latest James Bond, Daniel Craig, in the recent Heineken train ads.

Opening up that evening's blues-heavy set will be Wellington's Thomas Oliver Band, who will provide support with a big band flavour.

Rounding out the big names acts is Kiwi reggae outfit Katchafire and soul diva Ladi6, who play on January 4, before most people head back to work.

The beat goes on

 A new contract between promoters and the Hutt's Station Village will ensure the music doesn't stop.

Complex manager Graham Watson says when he started talks with promoters about three years ago they told him they weren't bringing big Kiwi names to Wellington because there weren't any medium sized venues.

''They were either too big or too small,'' he says.

Station Village holds about 1,300 people, and while still slightly smaller than the 2000 places ideal for a medium-sized venue, it also makes a good stepping stone between gigs further north, and mainland destinations.

''They used to miss out Wellington completely, and now they've fitted us in and decided to use us on a regular basis.''

Mr Watson says the contract has just been renewed for another three years.

''It's good because it comes at a time of the year when we're quietest, when people go away for the Christmas break, so we've found a little niche over that period of about 10 days when we get the concerts in.

''People come from Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington, they're not just Hutt Valley people.''

Ideally he says it would be good to have late night trains connecting Wellington to the Western Hutt station behind the complex. But at this stage Greater Wellington Regional Council have ruled that out.

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