A decision to host big-name headline acts at the Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival next month is paying dividends for organisers.
The committee hosted Australia-based band Dragon at the last event two years ago, which proved to be a hit with audiences.
Organising committee member Jim Geddes said this year’s headline act was Australian band Diesel, another act that would fit with the main demographic the event was attracting.
Mr Geddes said music fans in the 40-plus age range were predominant at the event, which was a sell-out two years ago.
“It’s the audience that has evolved,” he said.
The audience liked the headline acts with the accompanying big stage and sound system, he said.
Diesel had not performed in New Zealand for “quite a while”.
A break in Diesel’s performance schedule had allowed the band to fit in the visit.
The festival is organised by a committee of 12.
“It’s a community-based committee and it also represents key sponsors,” Mr Geddes said.
Among key tasks for the committee was updating the health and safety manual developed for the last festival.
The last festival was one of the first events in the district to operate under the then new health and safety rules.
“There’s quite a lot of requirements involved,” Mr Geddes said.
The committee expected the bulk of the tickets for the event to be bought this month and next.
The festival would be held rain or shine.
The all-weather stage and big marquees provided shelter from any weather conditions, he said.
“People are accustomed to it being an all-weather affair.”
Committee member Justine Abernethy said registrations for food stalls were “looking good”.
While the food stalls had traditionally been heritage-themed, this year there were some new stalls which represented overseas cuisine, Mrs Abernethy said.
The festival will be held on March 18 at the arts and heritage precinct.