First Rocktober concert popular

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It’s time to rock, it’s Rocktober.

The first weekend of Rocktober celebrations held by the Southern Sound Foundry drew about 200 people to the Longford Function Centre on Saturday night.

Foundry president Steve Hamlin said the first night was a hit with music lovers and the musicians who performed.

“It went over well – they all enjoyed it.”

Rocktober is an annual entertainment event.

“It’s just to get the local musos out there and help support them,” Mr Hamlin said.

“This year we’ve got the two bands from Invercargill [Pitchfork Revival and El Scratcho] coming up.”

Road Block, which comprises Rueben Turipa, of Gore, Andrew Setefano, Ray Moore and Stevie Rich, all of Dunedin, entertained at the first Rockober concert on Saturday.

This Saturday’s event will also be held at the Longford Function Centre.

The centre was now the meeting place for the Southern Sound Foundry, which meant it was easier to hold events at the base, Mr Hamlin said.

“Other years it’s been Traffers [for the event].”

Mr Hamlin said the foundry was keen to build up membership. It had about 20 members at present.

Members met each month for jam sessions, he said.

“It’s just a good place for people to connect.”