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Backing section .. Southern Sound Foundry members are involved in putting on this year's Music Month event. They are (from left) Tony Harpur, Steve Hamlin, Scott Anderson, Daryl Cleghorn, Ben Wyatt, Les Payne, Sol Wyatt and Sam Hadfield. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Music lovers will have the chance to dance the night away to some new and classic Kiwi songs in celebration of New Zealand Music Month.

Southern Sound Foundry president Steve Hamlin said the organisation hosted an event each year mark the month.

Held in May, New Zealand Music Month celebrates music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.

The event – to be held at the Longford Function Centre on May 19, starting at 8pm – would feature original local music as well as covers of some Kiwi classics, Mr Hamlin said.

Organisers recruited entertainers in a non-traditional manner, he said.

“Basically, we put the word out on Facebook.”

One of the entertainers would be Lachie Hayes, who was recently named Southland Entertainer of the Year, he said.

Southland Band of the Year Murgatroyd was also on the bill, he said.

Other acts include Reuben Turipa, Sam Cullen, Yellow Aesthetic, Daryl Cleghorn, Murder on Venus and Crash Course.

Musical genres on show on the night would range from country-blues and heavy metal to alternative and some mainstream, Mr Hamlin said.

“There will be something to suit everybody.”

New Zealand Music Month provided an opportunity to celebrate great local music and entertainers, he said.

“We don’t often get the opportunity to play originals.”