The Port Chalmers Seafood Festival has hit a sour note with
some local musicians after choosing entertainers from outside
Dunedin for next month's event.
The decision has also surprised the Dunedin City Council
events committee, which funds the festival.
The festival was introduced in 2011 as a celebration of Port
Chalmers cuisine and culture and featured Dunedin musicians
David Kilgour and Leo La Dell at the inaugural event.
However, the committee this year selected musicians Don
McGlashan (from Auckland), Hannah Howes (Wellington), Jennine
Bailey Jazz Ensemble (Christchurch), Tango La Luna
(Christchurch) and The Eastern (Lyttelton).
The decision has dismayed some residents in Port Chalmers,
which has a strong population of singers and musicians.
''I was half-expecting to get a phone call, as we didn't play
at the last one,'' long-term Port Chalmers resident Bob
Scott, who is in Dunedin bands The Bats and The Clean, said
''I can understand Don McGlashan, but the next tier of
artists should have included some locals.''
The mother of Dunedin singer-songwriter Nadia Read, Karin
Read, also expressed disappointment yesterday.
''Where is the local music content? I am really disappointed
with the curation, which leaves out our excellent music scene
and could have been a high-profile paid gig for our local
The Dunedin City Council events assessment subcommittee last
month increased funding from $20,000 in 2011 to $50,000 for
the September 21 festival.
The subcommittee supports events of strategic significance
which ''ensure maximum benefit is achieved for the city''.
''I'd be very surprised if they have gone for outside artists
without consulting with the locals first,'' subcommittee
chair John Bezett said yesterday.
''It's not a criteria that they have to support locals but
I'd have thought, particularly in Port Chalmers where there
are so many musicians, that they'd be trying to support local
people. The whole idea is to boost the local economy and that
includes the artists.''
Festival committee chairwoman Chanel Gardner said yesterday
the decision was made to broaden the appeal of the event.
''We had Port Chalmers musicians last time and thought it
would be a good idea to mix it up a bit this year.
''The public expect this year's festival to be as good as or
even better than last time.
''We did have an extensive campaign to try to get more Port
people to participate in the committee, as it was the
committee that voted on the entertainment line-up,'' Miss
The 2011 festival was a sell-out, with 6000 people attending,
and this year's event has increased to more than 30
seafood-themed stalls and displays by local wineries and