Paul Kelly to perform at Knox Church

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Australian musician Paul Kelly is to play in Dunedin.

The 58-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist will perform a retrospective of his work at Knox Church next month.

The Melbourne-based musician has recorded 19 studio albums, several film soundtracks and was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association hall of fame in 1997.

Kelly's music is based on folk, rock and country influences. He has also produced work ranging from bluegrass to dub reggae.

He has also collaborated with, and written songs for, many other artists, including Nick Cave, Renee Geyer, Kate Ceberano, Kasey Chambers and Missy Higgins.

He will be accompanied by his nephew, guitarist Dan Kelly.

Paul Kelly plays at Knox Church at 7pm on March 20. Tickets (general admission $69.20) to the concert are available from 9am today.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

Stadia are not built with sound in-mind

From the outset, the Stadium was intended for rugby. Almost all of those pushing insistently for its construction had rugby links, of some kind. Belatedly, it seems, other uses began to be invented for the Stadium, rock-concerts being one such.

Sadly, no Stadium as someone else has hinted on this thread, is really suited to this purpose, and there is little in the way of audio equipment which doesn't simply pay 'catch-up' from the start. The simple solution with straight-out 'Rock' is to turn up the 'wick' until the punters are beaten almost into insensibility by the sound levels, which seems to put them into a frame of mind, where they no longer 'care' any more. Other entertainment calls for a more sympathetic environment, which a Stadium is simply unable to provide.

In short, if you looked for a venue suitable for concerts, an open field well out in the country would be ideal with sound able to disperse equally in all directions and no problems of out-of-phase 'reverb', (think Woodstock' and any number of other memorable venues). A Stadium would be bottom of the list. If it's big enough to be classed as 'A Stadium', then it's bound to be fraught with sound-reverb problems. It's a case of simple physics. 

Knox?

Speedy me old China... I've been to a few PK concerts over me years and suggest his style and product is far more suited to the intimacy of something like Knox, rather than a stadium.

And to all those continuing to bang on about poor sound quality at a stadium concert (I'd hazard a guess this applies to FSB Stadium and pretty much any stadium in the world) if you're going to these things expecting a pitch perfect experience, I reckon you're kinda' missing the point.

Stadium concerts

speedfreak: the thing is most acts are better experienced in a smaller venue - Flight of the Conchords attracted lines around the block when tickets went on sale last year - and they sold out the Regent - the result was one of the best concerts I've attended in years - but with an act that depends on the audience actually hearing everything they are saying they would have been lost in a stadium sized venue.

The same goes for most acts - really the only ones that can  do stadium-rock well are the ones with a big noise and words that everyone already knows well - this does sort of limit you to rock bands that have been around for a very long time who can afford the touring equipment to fill a stadium sized space - they're never going to have cheap tickets.

Knox Church?

Why is this? Our new stadium not good enough? Well, we know the sound quality isn't.

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