Summer Tides festival line-up announced

Last updated 12:54 14/11/2012
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Beach bash: Summer Tides Concert organiser Rosie Broughton.

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A stellar line-up for the MoreFM Summer Tides Concert at Riversdale Beach will be music to the ears of concert goers.

Seven bands from Wairarapa, Wellington and Manawatu are confirmed for the January 5 event.

The bill includes last year's favourites The Noodles, alongside Louis Baker, Barry Saunders, Dirt Box Charlie, Mr Groove, Andrew London Trio and Sneakyroots.

Organiser Rosie Broughton said she was particularly excited about showcasing the local talent.

"It wasn't easy to decide. We had bands from all over the North Island wanting to play but the acts we went with all complement each other and suit the family- friendly audience."

The festival will take place on scenic farm terraces just a short walk from Wairarapa's summer hot-spot, Riversdale Beach.

"As well as local acts, we've also got Wairarapa wine, beer and food, art installations, volleyball for kids and adults, and even $40 coastal helicopter rides," she said.

"It's going to be a classic Kiwi day out in the sun for holiday- makers on the first weekend of the year".

Gates open at 2.30pm, with the concert going until 10pm. Tickets are now on sale.

Warratah's frontman Barry Saunders will draw on his 25 years in the New Zealand music scene to showcase some stunning New Zealand country-inspired music.

Masterton four-piece Sneakyroots will bring some reggae funk to the scene.

"From blues and country to covers and reggae, we've pretty much covered everything you'd want to listen to while enjoying the stunning coastline," Broughton said.

Tickets are available through summertides.co.nz, Masterton and Martinborough information centres, the Riversdale Store, Rough Peel Music in Wellington and Marbecks in Palmerston North. Adults $49, children aged 5 to 17, $25, under- 5s free, $135 family passes (two adults and two children).

Buses will be running from Masterton.

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