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Sat 1 May 2010, 9:30am–1:00pm

Where: Street Party, Weld Street, Hokitika

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: David Morgan

NZ Music Month, bring it on - Hokitika has been selected as one of 10 towns in NZ for Opshop to play in – all in one day - to open NZ Music Month of May.

NZ Music Commission is behind the deal, and once again using local group Youth & Music Development Trust (YMDT) to see to the West Coast production.

YMDT has been mentoring local youth bands since 2001, and this is the second time they’ve managed to lure Opshop to the West Coast. YMDT will be showcasing all their youth bands, as well as their mentor bands on Saturday morning, with the stage on Weld Street, to bring a little character to Saturday morning shopping in Hokitika. They hope to make this an annual event on the West Coast after moving their regular NZ music month event the “Open Music Forum - The Gig ’10”, to later in the year so they can attend CHARTFEST in Christchurch.

Sausage sizzle and a raffle as well as spot prizes are on offer. Performances start 9.30am opening with local band Desolution Whim, who’ve been supported by Opshop’s lead singer Jason Kerrison in Taranaki last December.

Westland mayor Maureen Pugh will drop in to let her hair down briefly (give her official approval), and hip-Hop artist Maitreya will be accompanying Opshop on their tour as MC for the nationally acclaimed band, who cleaned up at the 2008 APRA Silver Scroll Awards for their songs One Day and Maybe.

As a unique fundraiser, two of the YMDT’s mentor bands (The Dennehys and Eve 3) will be putting themselves up for auction on Trade Me. Highest bidder wins a band to play at a function of their choice anytime in 2010. Either way youth band Desolution Whim will be the support band for the gig, with the proceeds from the auction going to the YMDT. You’ll be able to see the bands play at the Weld St Music Brunch event, so if you want to know what your bidding on, be sure to join in the street party May 1st.