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Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:13 am

Whitireia Gone Done country

Fright sideOR the first time in 27 years Whitireia Music School is doing a country gig.

Whitireia music students will perform some country songs from such artists as Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and others, for two nights, on September 17 and 18.

Eleven first year music degree students are organising this event as part of their class assignment.

The students must show they can organise a gig that includes catering, stage layout with equipment such as instruments, sound and lighting, ticket handling, marketing, live bands, vehicles, and budgeting.

The Porirua-based students will not only be organising the country gig, but are performing in it also.

They are led by Whitireia music tutor George Packard who helped set up Whitireia’s first music course 27 years ago.

Packard says this year they’re adding a little bit more than they normally do.

“We are going to have a really good show with really good country music and because of the venue we’re at is a fantastic venue, they’ll be providing some southern country American food,” Packard says.

Student, David Southern says despite their initial thoughts on doing country, they have now embraced it.

“It turns out that once you get past the stigma and past your personal preference of music and start working together as a group, country music is a lot of fun,” Southern said.

He says the country gig isn’t something you would normally see in Wellington but believes it could be a huge success.

“Its going to be real fun, we’re definitely going to be doing some line dancing on the night. I’m not sure what the quality of that’s going to be like but it should be good fun.

“The whole point of the gig is really just to put on a wonderful show and we’re trying to make it a real experience rather than a performance,” Southern says.

The gig is at Wellington’s new music venue, Prefab Hall, 14 Jessie St, Te Aro, Wellington.

Tickets can be purchased online through Dash Tickets – Presales $10, door sales $15, children 14-and-under $5 with doors opening at 7pm.

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