First gig a sellout for new music venue

20:09, Jul 30 2014
music land
Job well done: The backbone behind the Great Job music venue, Great Job music venue Harry Lilley, Dave Stevens and Cam Wilkes.

Palmerston North's newest music venue has hit the ground running with its first gig a sellout and a second one set to go.

Great Job was started up by musicians Harry Lilley, Cameron Wilkes and David Stevens, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign that has surpassed its pledge amount by $960 with 31 days still to go. The venue's doors are open and Stevens said the debut gig by The All Seeing Hand sold out in less than an hour.

"The feedback from the gig has been overwhelmingly positive, no negatives and heaps of enthusiasm."

Stevens manned the door for the opening gig and said there was a good cross-section of people coming in, many from the music scene but plenty of new faces too.

"There were a lot of high school age kids and that's something we really wanted. A place where all ages can come and see great bands."

Great Job is not for profit and with the money gained from Kickstarter paying the first quarter of annual rent, the venue will be self-sustaining with a gig a week.


Great Job's three founders are active members of the Palmerston North music scene and with their collective knowledge and contacts, there is plenty of interest from bands coming in. Lilley said they wouldn't just stick with one type of band.

"We want a good mix of music, not just one style. Things have to flow and have the right vibe. It is a collective experience and the three of us are looking at the whole picture."

Next up at Great Job will be four local Palmerston North bands playing tomorrow: Arcadian Kites, Jakeland, Mighty Method and Soda Boyz.

For more information on future gigs and tickets go to

Manawatu Standard