The Chills lead singer Martin Phillipps (left) and James
Dixon on bass and vocals perform for a large crowd in the
Dunedin Botanic Garden yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
It could well have been a sellout crowd for the Chills'
concert in Dunedin yesterday - had tickets been on sale. As it
was, entry to the concert at the Dunedin Botanic Garden was
From about noon, the crowd, estimated by organisers at
between 2000 and 3000, spread itself over the lawn in front
of the band rotunda and up the side of the nearby hill.
In the heat, unofficially at 30degC in parts of Dunedin,
officially 21degC at 2.30pm, according to the MetService,
people had anything but the chills, and shady spots were at a
The concert was put on by the Dunedin City Council as part of
a series of concerts celebrating the garden's 150th
anniversary this year.
The band, which had the crowd on its feet for popular hits
Heavenly Pop Hit and I Love My Leather Jacket, appeared to be
enjoying themselves as much as the crowd.
Thanking the organisers and those who attended, lead singer
Martin Phillipps said he knew park managers Barbara Wheeler
and Alan Matchett were a bit nervous about having the concert
in the garden.
''But I think it shows just what great events we can have
here,'' he said, to a big cheer from the crowd.
The band's manager, Scott Muir, said it was the Chills'
biggest crowd in Dunedin for some years.
Dunedin woman Gabby Enright said it had been ''totally''
worth arriving at noon to stake out the perfect position for
the 1pm concert. She was a Chills fan from ''way back'', the
concert was ''fantastic'' and the garden was a great venue.
Council communications and marketing manager Graham
McKerracher said the event could not have gone better.
Free Sunday concerts at the garden will continue until April,
with other performers including the Dunedin City Jazz
Orchestra, the Otago Symphonic Band and brass bands.