Two musical stages set for February festival

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Festival fun . . .Festival-goers enjoy the Hokonui Moonshine Festival in 2017. PHOTO: GORE DISTRICT COUNCIL

The Hokonui Moonshine Festival is going back to its roots with a twist this year when it will operate two musical stages for the first time.

Festival committee member Bob Vercoe said the two stages filled with alternative country and blues music would add a new experience for festival-goers on February 16.

“The idea is that when one stage is finishing up, the next stage will start up,” Mr Vercoe said.

Among the musical acts will be the band Dog Trumpet, of Australia, spearheaded by brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa.

Other acts include Dunedin musicians Killergrams, Bulletproof Convertible, Valley Bluegrass and Invercargill musicians Lady Friday and Lachie Hayes.

Gore country singer-songwriter Jenny Mitchell would also perform.

“They’re all quality acts – we’ve changed it back to its roots to make it a unique-styled festival,” Mr Vercoe said.

The change would also attract more tourists.

The festival will be held at the Gore Arts and Heritage Precinct which would allow patrons to visit the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, Gore Historical Museum and The Eastern Southland Gallery free of charge.

Mr Vercoe said the festival was a great day out, rain or shine, for the community.

Tickets for the festival can be bought for $40 from SBS St James or at www.iticket.co.nz. Gates open at 11.45am, with the first musical performance beginning at noon.