Local talent in spotlight at beach party

02:36, Jan 10 2014
BAND PLANS: Steve Wilson and Callum Huntley of the Youth and Community Trust. The trust and The Truck are putting on the Summer Beach Festival on Friday featuring Nelson bands.

Relaxed beach vibes and a strong lineup of young Nelson musicians will set the scene for the Summer Beach Festival on Friday.

The Truck, Nelson's mobile recreation service, is hosting the event for teenagers at Tahunanui from 4pm to 10pm.

The event, sponsored by the Nelson City Council, aims to provide entertainment for youth and also give young musicians a platform to perform on.

Nelson band Little Oceans is head-lining the drug- and alcohol-free gig, fresh from playing its "biggest gig ever" at Gisborne's Rhythm and Vines.

The festival features other local talent including Chase Tangohau who was last year's winner of Tasman's Got Talent, Rockquest finalist Third Wheel, Livvy & Anna who won the solo-duet Category at Nelson Rockquest, and Fire Without Permit.

Little Oceans is the new creative project of the former pop punk band Recommended By Your Mum. Its new sound combines its energetic pop punk roots with a more produced electronic sound.


The three-piece band is Matthew Johnston and brothers Josh and Sam Edmonds.

The trio was raised in Picton and moved to Nelson to study at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's contemporary music course.

Little Oceans released two singles with videos last year and were awarded New Zealand on Air grants worth $20,000 for studio recording and the production of high quality music videos.

The video Focus Harder shows off the spectacular scenery of the Nelson region with shots from the top of Takaka Hill, and of Rabbit Island and the Nelson Lakes National Park.

Youth and Community Trust manager Steve Wilson said that as well as music there would be relaxed sports, games and a free BBQ.

The evening is a chance for the beach to come alive with music and fun for the summer.

The event will be on the grassy youth stage area down from the Beach Cafe.

The Truck was created after the closure of The New Hub. The Truck travels though Nelson providing recreation at a wide variety of venues for youth aged 11 to 18.

The Truck partners with Nelson City to provide eight youth events each year. This is the third event. The next event will be a pool party.