In The South

Hairspray hits the right notes

Invercargill woman Rachael Scott as Tracy Turnblad, the lead in Gore Musical Theatre's production of Hairspray.

It's a dazzling show with a big, big heart, awash with colour, corny comedy and catchy, 60-style bubblegum pop and r'n'b tunes.

Enter Stage Left: Invercargill Musical Theatre head of wardrobe Shirley Adam

Shirley Adams.

Shirley Adam, head of wardrobe on Phantom

Nation's fresh style stands out in southern music scene

Nation's previous lineup, from left, drummer Jo Hutchison, keyboardist/guitarist Miharo Gregory and bassist Andrew Cornford.

Nation's eclectic musical stylings have been catching ears and eyes up and down the country for more than a year.

Sculpture to be unveiled

The south city sculpture towards the end of the fabrication phase.

A $100,000 sculpture that was shrouded in secrecy for months will finally be unveiled in south Invercargill on August 21.

Natani invited to perform in Perth

Southland vocal group Natani, from left, Jacinta Kerepeti, Davina Kerepeti and Toni Biddle, have been invited to perform at a prestigious show in Perth.

Southland vocal group Natani have been invited to perform at a major gospel show in Western Australia.

Enter Stage Left: John Horn

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John Horn

Helen Henderson's lost debut album London released 35 years later

Helen Henderson's album London

REVIEW

Review: Jenny Mitchell's debut album The Old Oak

Jenny Mitchell's debit album, The Old Oak.

REVIEW

Arthur's relatives moved by show

We Will Remember Them tells the story of soldiers from Tapanui who fought in World War 1.

The relatives of Tapanui World War One veteran Private Arthur Gordon were treated to a performance of We Will Remember Them - a show based on his wartime diaries, on Sunday.

Blood treatment offers hope

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma treatment at Queenstown Regenerative Medicine for her two labral tears.

It is surprising what lengths you can go to when backed into a corner with no end in sight.

Hasta la Vista to Players, baby

Musician and Hasta La Vista event organiser Jordan Cossill, left, and Players Entertainment Centre manager Vicki-Rae Robinson ahead of the venue's closing weekend gig.

Invercargill entertainment centre Players is closing its doors for the final time this weekend.

Resisters bring back the blues

Resisters guitarist Mark Stallard with drummer Dave "Bang-Bang" O'Connor.

Never heard of the Resisters? You're in good company.

Hall of Fame opens for seven rockers

Dave McMeeking sings Beautiful Day to open the Southland Entertainment Awards.

Seven leading lights of southern music will be inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.

From Watchdog to glam rocker

Watchdog circa 1972. From left, Tony Bennett, Michael Scheele, Bob Ogilvie and Tom Svehla.

Mike Scheele's great rock and roll moment didn't exactly shock the nation, but it got the pearl-encrusted matrons of Fendalton in a righteous tizzy.

Southern stars shine in steamroller tribute show

Neil Chilton slips effortlessly into rock star character as Mick Jagger in the show When Love Comes To Town.

REVIEW: Following up the once-in-a-lifetime experience of One Of These Nights was always going to be a big ask.

Public invited to learn about wine industry

Mt Difficulty regional sales manager Greg Wilkinson holding a tasting in the cellar door.
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Those seeking a career in the wine industry have a chance to learn more, courtesy of the  Central Otago Winegrowers' Association.

Getting to the core of the issue

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean is surprised to discover an ab getting out of the shower recently.

Mum and reporter JO McKENZIE-McLEAN was taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life, training for the Northburn Station 50km event, but a hip injury has thwarted that path. However, the journey continues. She reports on her progress. 

1970s rock band Watchdog to reunite

A newspaper clipping of Watchdog in the 1970s.

Two colourful chapters of Southland's musical history will be revisited when Watchdog reform for a one-off show in Invercargill next month, supported by the exciting early 80s band The Resisters.

Top Southland musicians aim to improve on hit show

Some of the musicians performing in When Loves Comes To Town. From left, Shannon Cooper-Garland, Leon McElhinney, Arun O'Connor, Neil Chilton, Scott Calvert, David Baker, Craig Allott, Morgan Bickley and Dave Goodall.

Love is coming to town, and Craig Allott's coming with it.

Axes to grind at Guitar Legends show

Lead guitar action is guaranteed at the Southland Musicians Club's Guitar Legends show on April 29 and 30.

Brace yourselves for the annual Southland axe attack.

NZ Country Music Awards on sale

NZ songwriting trustee Jeff Rea, of Crookston, near Tapanui.

Tickets are now on sale for this year's New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore on May 23.

Helen Henderson set to release new album - 35 years later

Helen Henderson in Southland, 2015

She bought her mum's house five years ago but found she couldn't stay in it for very long so she bought a place in Bluff, up the hill overlooking the ocean. Now she finds herself coming back more.

A story of loss and discovery gallery

Invercargill man Allan Black looks back through old family photo albums after discovering his family's links to two Winton brothers who died on the same day in Gallipoli.

An Invercargill man has uncovered his long-lost links to two brothers who died on the same day in Gallipoli.

Michelle Lange ready to hand over crown

Michelle Lange's award-winning performance of Nights In White Satin.

Michelle Lange is feeling good about her 12 months as the reigning Southland Entertainer of the Year.

Jackie Bristow nears Pledge target

Jackie Bristow

Expat Southland singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow is nearing her goal in her Pledge Music Campaign to fund her fourth album, Shot Of Gold.

Jason Kerrison to be honoured at Southland awards

Jason Kerrison

Jason Kerrison might be travelling the globe in the name of his art but he has a strong sense of where home is.

Camp Taringatura gets facelift

BIG PLANS: Nathan Insall and Kelvin Moylan are keen to see the landmark camp brought back to its former glory.

New private owner is pumping thousands of dollars into renovations at Camp Taringatura.

Where is NZ's capital of romance?

CAPITAL OF LOVE: The natural beauty and array of recreation options also makes Queenstown a popular spot for couples.

Lusty minibreakers are expected to flock this Valentine's Day to the most romantic destination in New Zealand.

Woolly wander around town

TAKING THE HIGH ROAD: Spectators line the streets to watch the Running of the Wools in Queenstown.

The New Zealand Rural Games get kicked off in style with the Running of the Wools in Queenstown.

You make the show video

CROWD PLEASER: Jessica Rameriz and Zach Washer of Fuse Circus entertain the crowds in Queens Park.

For many street performers, a good show is all about crowd participation.

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