Sounds of Summer free Esplanade concerts hoping for a break in the weather
The free Sounds of Summer concerts at the Victoria Esplanade are back.
This year's round begins on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm with a return to an older format.
"We're back to themed concerts this year so people have a better idea of what to expect," said Access Manawatu's Fraser Greig.
"This year 50 per cent are new Sounds of Summer acts.
There are also fewer concerts this year, reduced from seven to five.
"That enables us to do things a little better with the resources we've got."
For the first time Access will be broadcasting the concerts live on 999am and via livestream, as well as Periscoping the events so they can be watched from anywhere.
"We're starting it off with an afternoon of blues and funk, opening with Mr Dirty Hairy - a turntablist DJ with a penchant for 60s and 70s psychedelia and funk."
Ripple Effect is a UCOL Contemporary Music band, followed by four-piece The Oroua Undertones and Truly Made.
Subsequent Sunday concert themes will be Folk on January 22, Chill Out on January 29, World Music on February 5 and Rock on February 12.
Details can be found on the Access Manawatu website accessmanawatu.co.nz, with the community broadcaster also promoting its half-hour lunchtime concerts in The Square from February 13 -17 where some of the Sounds of Summer artists will reprise their Esplanade appearances for lunchtime shoppers.