Gardens concert a go despite wind

Last updated 17:24 07/01/2014

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The opening night of the Gardens Magic free gigs at the Botanic Gardens Soundshell looks set to go ahead tonight through blustery wind and threatening rain.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the opening night, headlining with Wellington band The Warratahs, looked set to go ahead but council staff were keeping an eye on the weather.

''The wind is looking a bit dodgy but we are a hardy bunch.''

MetService forecaster John Law said northerly  gusts were reaching 80kmh in Wellington today and tonight.

''It's definitely one to take a rain coat, today and tomorrow.''

A southerly would come through later tomorrow, with rain also possible, he said.

Tonight's free gig at the Botanic Gardens Soundshell in Kelburn runs from 8-9.30pm with Kiwi country-blues band The Warratahs and special guests Miles Calder, Ebony Lamb and Caroline Easther.

Tomorrow's concert is billed as ''soulful sounds, jazz-infused vocals and electronic overtones'' with Petra Bullock and Ash Graham.

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