Dunedin band The Chills will take to the stage later this
month to celebrate the launch of a year of festivities
marking the 150th anniversary of the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
Dunedin City Council communications and marketing manager
Graham McKerracher said having The Chills play was a perfect
way to get such a milestone year rolling.
''The Chills was one of the bands that really helped put the
`Dunedin sound' on the international music map. They are a
familiar part of the city's musical landscape and I'm sure a
lot of people from Dunedin - and further afield - will seize
the opportunity to hear them live in such a beautiful
setting,'' he said.
The gig on Sunday, January 27 marks the beginning of a year
of celebrations, which include exhibitions, entertainment and
educational events, as well as hosting the 2013 Global
Botanic Gardens Congress in October, which will attract
international delegates from around the world.
The Chills will feature front man Martin Phillipps, who will
be joined by James Dickson (bass) and Todd Knudson (drums),
Erica Stichbury (keyboards/guitar/violin) and Oli Wilson
Renowned for songs such as Pink Frost, I Love My Leather
Jacket and Heavenly Pop Hit, the band toured widely at home
and overseas in the 1980s and 1990s, and recorded albums in
both the United Kingdom and United States.
Shortly before The Chills play, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull will
launch the 150th anniversary celebrations in the lower garden