Buskers bust out the laughs

LEFT: Dot Dot Dot performs an acrobatic trick at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival. (Photo: Supplied) RIGHT: Mr Wizowski at the Southland Buskers Festival. (Photo: JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ)
LEFT: Dot Dot Dot performs an acrobatic trick at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival. (Photo: Supplied) RIGHT: Mr Wizowski at the Southland Buskers Festival. (Photo: JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ)
Mr Wizowski at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival.
Mr Wizowski at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival.
Mr Spin with Julz Orr, of Dipton, in Wachner Place, Invercargill, as part of the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival.
Mr Spin with Julz Orr, of Dipton, in Wachner Place, Invercargill, as part of the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival.
Lisa Lottie performs at the Southland Buskers Festival.
Lisa Lottie performs at the Southland Buskers Festival.
LEFT: Lisa Lottie juggles seven hula hoops at the Southland Buskers Festival. (Photo: JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ) RIGHT: Mr Spin performs in Wachner Place, Invercargill.  (Photo: NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ)
LEFT: Lisa Lottie juggles seven hula hoops at the Southland Buskers Festival. (Photo: JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ) RIGHT: Mr Spin performs in Wachner Place, Invercargill. (Photo: NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ)
Lisa Lottie performs in front of an enthralled crowd at Southland Boys' High School for the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival.
Lisa Lottie performs in front of an enthralled crowd at Southland Boys' High School for the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival.
Golden Goose: Keith Preene, host of Golden Goose Bingo which is on Friday and Saturday night in Invercargill as part of the Southland Buskers Festival.
Golden Goose: Keith Preene, host of Golden Goose Bingo which is on Friday and Saturday night in Invercargill as part of the Southland Buskers Festival.
Mr Wizowski in action.
Mr Wizowski in action.
People enjoying the Buskers Festival in Queens Park.
People enjoying the Buskers Festival in Queens Park.
Mr Spin entertains the crowd.
Mr Spin entertains the crowd.
Mr Spin entertains the crowd.
Mr Spin entertains the crowd.
Bazza entertains at the Buskers Festival in Queens Park, Invercargill.
Bazza entertains at the Buskers Festival in Queens Park, Invercargill.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shsadbolt horsing around in a duel with Mr Wizowski.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shsadbolt horsing around in a duel with Mr Wizowski.
Mr Wizowski the Ring Man entertains the crowds.
Mr Wizowski the Ring Man entertains the crowds.
Cameron Karwowski and Sequoia Cooper enjoying the Buskers Festival.
Cameron Karwowski and Sequoia Cooper enjoying the Buskers Festival.
Lisa Lottie greats the crowds at the Buskers Festival in Queens Park, Invercargill.
Lisa Lottie greats the crowds at the Buskers Festival in Queens Park, Invercargill.

@devlincolleA warm summer evening attracted hundreds of people to Queens Park for the opening night of the Southland Buskers Festival.

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Spectators of all ages brought blankets, picnics and take-away and settled in a good spot to watch The Busker Cabaret last night.

Lisa Lottie greets the crowd at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival at Queens Park, Invercargill.
Lisa Lottie greets the crowd at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival at Queens Park, Invercargill.

The family show was hosted by Bazza the golden rugby fanatic, who kept the crowd entertained with All Black jokes between acts.

The crowd laughed and applauded their way through every act: Mr Spin, Mr Wizowski, Lisa Lottie, and Ruben Dot Dot Dot.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt joined in the fun, horsing around on stage to take part in a duel in one of the acts.

Festival organiser Jodi Wright, who also organises the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, said she was delighted with the turnout. "I could not be happier, this is a perfect opening night."

This was the fifth Southland Buskers Festival and it had taken this long to become grounded, she said.

"It's in people's mindset now . . . they know it is coming."

Ms Wright may have the best job in the world, travelling the globe to watch various world festivals to pick the acts to perform in Christchurch and Invercargill. "Nonsense, silly and quirky works best. Playing with the audience and highly skilled circus performers also go down well here," she said.

There was a real appreciation for the festival in Southland, she said. "Everyone loves to laugh."

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