Riverton to sing with southern summer sounds

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014
Maria Henry
JOHN HAWKINS/ Fairfax NZ
1DAY ORGANISER: Maria Henry.

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The beach, good food, some home-grown tunes and, hopefully, the Sun - the 1Day Riverton Music Festival has all the makings of an instant Kiwi classic.

And, if organisers have it their way, it will be.

1Day, to be held at the Riverton SoundShell on February 8, aims to provide Southland families with a fun, relaxed music festival for young and old to enjoy.

Organiser Maria Henry said it was time for music festivals to make a bit of a comeback in the south.

"It's something I've wanted to do for a long time.

"I just feel like the youth in this town are getting a bit lost and we can show them there's this whole big world where you can go out and enjoy yourself without the drinking or drugs."

The first part of the festival will be geared towards families and the community, with easy listening reggae and dub music, while later on the focus will shift to catering to over-18s, she said.

Organisers have arranged ticket packages that include bus transport to and from Invercargill to ensure people travelled safely.

"I don't want anything bad happening to people after my festival."

The 18 acts include Left or Right, Jah Rising, Soul Manor and Hatred. It was a great showcase for all the talented musicians in the area, Ms Henry said.

The festival starts at noon. Tickets cost $25 or $65 for a transport package from Invercargill. Children under 12 can attend free.

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