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A couple of examples of this are the recent Whare Flat Folk Festival, a veteran of about 30 years, and the Catlins Woodstock Festival, which turns 22 this year.
However, there has been a change at the helm of the Catlins event, with co-founder Russell Kirk handing over the baubles of office, or at least the hard work, to Mosgiel-based event co-ordinator Kev Thompson.
Thompson is no stranger to the festival, as he's been a festival-goer for years, and also an entertainer at the event.
Last year, he dipped his toes into the running of the festival, and had a big hand in helping with the organising. So Kirk says he's leaving the festival in good hands.
Headline act for the three-day shindig is the Jordan Luck Band.
On the band's website, the blurb states: "Every gig the band plays the best of all those iconic tracks we know and love, as well as a collection of recently-penned and possible future stadium sing-a-longs of tomorrow."
"Meticulously designed by Jordan himself from the ground up, this band has just the one purpose ... to bring Jordan's blend of pop rock genius from the past, present and future back to the masses."
Catlins Woodstock 2011 runs from Friday, February 4, to Monday, February 7.
Joining Jordan Luck on the bill are a host of Southern artists including Monique Rhodes, King Leo, Amanda Goodwin, Dave Coleclough, Dreadrock. Details on their website.
• IF YOU GO
On the web: www.aorangievents.com
This year Catlins Woodstock and Vincent Bike Rally will join forces in assisting the fund-raising efforts for Darryl Anne Fehensfeld to receive medical treatment in March of this year. Further info on www.darylann.co.nz.
For those of you in Dunedin who remember fondly, as I do, the Crown Hotel hosting live bands, fear not gentle reader, tonight the venue's public bar will host Heka, Idiot Prayer and more.