Hundreds enjoy festival

The appreciative crowd dance at the Waitati Music Festival on Saturday.
The appreciative crowd dance at the Waitati Music Festival on Saturday.
Michael Appleby, of Wellington, plays with Mate the fox terrier. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Michael Appleby, of Wellington, plays with Mate the fox terrier. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Bass player Steve Bourne, of Waitati, and guitarist John Garbutt, of Dunedin, from rock and blues...
Bass player Steve Bourne, of Waitati, and guitarist John Garbutt, of Dunedin, from rock and blues band Superglue, perform at the festival.

A mix of sounds and sunshine bought a ''spectrum ''of music lovers to the Waitati Music Festival on Saturday.

Organiser Katie Peppercorn (38) said 400 adults and about twice as many children attended the family-friendly festival, held at Bland Park.

Bubble-making machines, mini teepees and a soccer pitch were available for the children and the 12-hour festival had music for everyone's taste, Mrs Peppercorn said.

''Everybody was really happy, relaxed, chilling in the sunshine enjoying the music. The kids were having a ball. It was a very easy place to hang out. It was a fantastic vibe.''

The festival would be back next year to play to the diverse crowd, Mrs Peppercorn said.

''There were all ages, and all styles, of people from young and old hippies to young and old rockers. It went through the ranges, the ages, the genres and the spectrum.''

- shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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