New Zealand singer Hollie Smith entertains the crowds at
the Summerlands music festival at the Lake Hawea Hotel
yesterday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Although windy, wet weather meant popular Lake Hawea
music festival ''Summerlands'' struggled to live up to its name
again yesterday, organisers were ''stoked'' conditions were an
improvement on last year.
Summerlands was back for a second time at the Lake Hawea
Hotel and despite being beset by less than summer-like
conditions, it could have been worse, organiser Leon Eru
''I'm actually pretty stoked. It's warm - it's not going to
snow, which it did last year [on the hills].''
Wintry weather failed to deter festival-goers at the
inaugural event and Summerlands fans turned up in droves this
More than 1000 people were expected at the festival, where
acts including Hollie Smith, Ahori Buzz, Alix Perez, Dub FX
and the Funk Hunters made an appearance.
The event was originally planned to take place over four
days, starting on December 30.
However, Rhythm and Alps' arrival on the summer festival
calendar meant rescheduling was necessary, so the events did