When Adam Philps of 43 Below heard up-and-coming Kiwi band Five Mile Town on National Radio he knew they would be a great act to bring to Wairarapa.
43 Below is a social and networking organisation aimed at retaining young working people in Wairarapa and this midwinter evening of music, wine and food at the Carterton Events Centre will be their main event for the year.
Five Mile Town will be supported by one of this country's most respected and seasoned jazz bands, Nairobi Trio. There is a strong link between the two acts as Five Mile Town's Adam Quigley is the son of Nairobi Trio's John Quigley.
Only in their late teens, the three members of Five Mile Town are already making waves with their folk/blues stylings. The Auckland trio have a connection with the Wairarapa as their promotional photos were taken on the Rimutaka Incline and they also filmed one of their videos there. A group of clean cut boys, they have a remarkably mature sound.
Mr Philps says the event is shaping up to be a real highlight of winter and they are expecting to sell out the Carterton Events Centre with a capacity 300.
Tickets went on sale recently and they are already beginning to be snapped up.
They have made up posters and will be contacting school music departments to drum up interest in the younger set.
"They [Five Mile Town] played on Afternoons with Jim Mora on National Radio.
"I was listening to it as I was driving over to Wellington and thought these guys are just fantastic. Such a young group I thought would show the young kids around here what's possible," he says.
zFive Mile Town is playing at the Carterton Events Centre on June 23 at 7pm. Tickets are available from dashtickets.co.nz, students $20, adults $39. Local wine will be for sale.
- Wairarapa News