Youngsters dress up to enjoy the Dots

'It's just boom, boom, boom'

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 12/10/2012
Polkadot band
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SHOW GOES ON: Polkadot band members, from left, Dez Reid, Carly Tata, Ashleigh Coward and Dionne Shaw relax after their performance in Invercargill yesterday.

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Hundreds of young fans donned spotty shirts, shorts and skirts to watch New Zealand band the Polkadots perform in Invercargill yesterday.

The band, who gained fame after releasing DVDs and CDs for children, put on the free concert at James Hargest College as part of a nationwide "Connect the Dots" tour, and many audience members dressed to theme in polka-dotted gear.

Invercargill was the 23rd stop of the trip, but the group almost missed the scheduled show yesterday after problems with the van carrying their stage set, group founder Carly Tata said.

"We had a few little glitches. We nearly didn't get here.

"[It] broke down outside of Dunedin so we had to leave it behind."

The Polkadots had to perform at ground level amongst the audience because of the mishap, but the girls were not fazed.

"The show goes on. It's fun," Tata said.

The group members are travelling with eight of their own children, all aged between five months and six, which could be stressful, she said.

"It's just boom, boom, boom. I don't think anyone's been nuts enough to do this yet."

Invercargill children, and their parents, enjoyed the performance.

Jo Maheno, whose daughters Saffron, 10, and Arielle, 3, attended, said it was nice to see a New Zealand group in the spotlight.

"It was really, really good. All the kids sang and got up and danced."

The Polkadots will play in Dunedin today, before heading to Christchurch for two final shows.

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