Carnival of music fun

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 12:29 19/12/2013
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OISIN DUKE/ Fairfax NZ

FUN OF THE CARNIVAL: A large crowd turn out on a warm evening to watch the finals of the Caroline Bay talent quest.

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This year's Caroline Bay Carnival will be bigger and better, organisers say.

Caroline Bay Association entertainment manager Kevin Fahey replaced long-time Christchurch promoter Barry Croft as entertainment manager last year, in an attempt to secure fresher acts earlier.

The carnival came under fire in 2010 with claims the 100th event looked drab and tired.

Only one artist who had not featured previously performed at the centennial celebrations.

An extra $20,000 was added to the live entertainment budget this year with the carnival extended to 18 days because of calender changes.

The budget for last year's 14-day event was $60,000 with the cost to stage live acts estimated at $80,000 in 2013/14.

Mr Fahey said there had been other changes.

"While 18 days is quite big we have changed back to having separate days for each section of the talent quest which gives the performers who make it through to the top 12 semi finals the opportunity to do two different performances [one in the afternoon and one in the evening] to impress the judges."

The 2013/14 acts include Jason Kerrison, Annie Crummer, Jamie McDell and Glenn Shorrock, "the voice of the Little River Band", direct from Australia. Bee Gees and Freddie Mercury tribute shows will also feature.

"Many are looking forward to coming to the Bay and enjoying the concerts and seeing what changes have been made," Mr Fahey said.

"The games area has had a spruce up in the stalls and we hope people can have an enjoyable time at the Bay with so much to see and do."

Mr Fahey said there would be many highlights.

"To have Glenn Shorrock direct from Australia performing two concerts at 1.30pm and 6.30pm is certainly not to be missed.

SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD

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