Fourteen bands confirmed for inaugural music festival

With a week until the inaugural Banny Music Fest, organisers are beginning to apply the finishing touches.

The garden of the Bannockburn Hotel, where the free festival will take place, was this week wet and muddy with a somewhat bare stage in one corner and scattered tables.

Come next Saturday though, old rugs will cover stage and ground, the tables will be pushed back and beer will be flowing from the outdoor bar, festival organiser Blair Scoullar said.

The child-friendly, ''buskery-style'' festival was initially his idea and he bought on Some What Damaged bandmates Wade Hutchinson and Daniel Sugrue to help bring it to life.

At first they were unsure whether other bands would be keen to play, and whether people would attend.

''We didn't even think we would get 14 [bands] let alone 19,'' Mr Scoullar said.

With only one day to squeeze all the acts in, they have had to turn away some bands.

As they were not selling tickets, it was hard to judge potential crowd numbers. ''But going off what we've heard and seeing the social media activity, maybe [we will get] a couple of hundred people. Five hundred would be good; more would be good.''

Bands were coming from as far away as Dunedin and Invercargill. He said local businesses, friends, family and community groups had been key to making the festival a reality. A suitcase or guitar case will be placed at the foot of the stage for anyone to make donations, with profits going to St John.

The event begins at noon and runs until about 10.30pm. A shuttle will run between the Cromwell Mall and Bannockburn from 11.30am to about 1pm and again later in the afternoon.

A barbecue will run by the Bannockburn Community Centre Management Committee in the afternoon as a fundraiser for the hall.

Some What Damaged will open the festival, followed by Paddys' Mix, The Junction, Baked Bea, Ropatah, Living Legends, The Zuchinni Bros, Ghettoblaster, Radiocure, Melissa Partridge, Civilian Sol, TieDye, Cheap Thrills and Panther Claw.

- sarah.marquet@odt.co.nz

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