Variety of music draws crowds

Country duo Melissa Partridge and the Doctor serenade the crowd at River Range Music Festival in...
Country duo Melissa Partridge and the Doctor serenade the crowd at River Range Music Festival in Cromwell on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Sean Nugent
A variety of music, stalls and general good vibes attracted about  1000 people to the fifth annual River Range Music Festival held at Cromwell Racecourse on Saturday.

The acts included drum and bass groups Concord Dawn and Rhythymonyx, Christchurch rock band Pieces of Molly, and Dunedin country artist Melissa Partridge.

Festival organiser Hilary Lennox said the distinct range of music was what the festival was all about.

"The whole message is about having a chilled-out festival vibe, with a lot of different genres and celebrating a lot of different kinds of music," she said.

Temperatures hovered in the mid-20s all afternoon, which Ms Lennox said was "perfect".

"In previous years it’s been 36degC or really windy. This is unbelieveable. It’s not too hot, not too windy, it’s perfect."

She said the festival was becoming increasingly popular. Pre-sales for the event had tripled compared with some previous years.

While the majority of people were families during the afternoon, the later it got, the more young people would arrive, Ms Lennox said.

The festival also provided an opportunity for a pair of young entrepreneurs to showcase their business.

Lauren Rimmer (14) and Maisy Millwater (13), both of Hawea Flat, were the owners of a popular body art stall which had  attracted about 50 customers in the first three hours of the festival.

Their business, Pretty Kitty Body Art, was founded late last year, yet they had made appearances at big events such as the Tuki Festival in Glendhu Bay, and planned on setting up a stall at the Wanaka A&P Show.

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