Get ready for summer
Summer may be slow in rolling round in Southland, but a series of concerts is about to warm things up.
Summer Sounds kicks off on Sunday with what will be the first of several concerts in coming months.
Organiser and musician Alice Fraser has gathered her musical friends together to showcase Southland talent in a series of outdoor gigs in Glengarry.
The idea to put on summer shows was born from the positive feedback from musicians and fans of Southland music after the success of the Hope Philippines, a southern band-aid benefit concert, that raised money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that tore across the Philippines in November..
"A lot of the musicians began talking about why there weren't more events to showcase local music," she said.
"The idea for a series of free summer concerts came from there."
Along with the support of southern bands, the Invercargill City Council was also backing the event through its Creative Communities Invercargill funding. If the weather gods co-operated, chilling out in the sun would be a great way to get families to enjoy the best of Southland musicians, Ms Fraser said.
An outdoor stage would be set up near the Glengarry Shopping Centre.
The two bands launching Summer Sounds would be all-girl group Lipstick and acclaimed alternative folk/country band Into the East.
With Lipstick made up of three of the funkiest, danciest and not to mention spunkiest singers you'll ever come across, and Into the East providing soothing summer harmonies, there will be something for everyone.
Where: Glengarry Shopping Centre
When: 1pm, Sunday, January 19
Cost: Free but donation for artists is encouraged