Musician auctions gigs

19:15, Feb 20 2013
Andre Manella
Andre Manella is auctioning off a gig in Kaikoura on trade me

Do you have a party, gathering or event planned for this Saturday evening and are wondering what to do about some decent tunes?

If so, look no further. You can bid on an unusual Trade Me auction which, if successful, will be the answer to your entertainment dilemma.

Singer-songwriter Andre Manella, originally from Switzerland, is touring New Zealand in his big green house bus with his wife and two children, promoting his band, Sonic Delusion's debut album.

The album, Positive and Negative, was recorded in New Plymouth and features Andre's "funky loop pop" styles, which he is now bringing to venues around the South Island, including people's gardens, front lawns or favourite beaches.

He will be performing on Friday night at the Strawberry Tree and auctioning off a private gig for the successful bidder and their friends, to be held the following night at a venue to be determined by the lucky winner.

It all started in New Plymouth, with Andre looking for different opportunities to play and get his music out there.


"I figured the best parties are always the ones at someone's house. Other service providers go to people's homes, so I thought why not. That's how the Gig in your Lounge started," he says. "We just wanted to play at someone's house for them instead of us just jamming together."

The Gig in your Lounge concert series saw Andre's five-piece band go around people's houses last winter, playing in the comfort of their living rooms.

They had a great response online and the first gig was auctioned on Trade Me for $550.

So now he is making the switch from lounge to garden for the summer, having spent two years converting his 11 metre former school bus, which is now bright green with a stage on its roof, and doubles up as the family's house.

It has its own solar panels so you don't even need to provide power for your concert.

Andre is looking forward to performing for the lucky winner, and he is not fussy about where he plays or what the occasion.

"It could be at a beach or wherever - you could give it to someone as a surprise present, or if you are having a work function, whatever you like really."

To check out Andre's looping before you bid on Saturday's auction, why not come along to the Strawberry Tree on Friday night, or see

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