Mercury Bay Music Festival - June 3-5
The township of Whitianga will be full of world-class musicians and music over Queen’s Birthday weekend as part of the inaugural Mercury Bay Music Festival.
The Mercury Bay Music Festival programme has an incredible line up of over 30 artists who are set to entertain music lovers of all ages over Queens Birthday Weekend. Artists will be entertaining music lovers in solo performances and many will also be jamming with other groups. With such a great programme on offer, and an excellent selection of top class bars, restaurants and cafes all within walking distance of the music venues this festival is sure to please all music and culinary tastes.
We wanted to hold an event that everyone could be part of and enjoy and would also have benefits for our local businesses in their off season. It will also be an inspirational event for our young people and musicians of all abilities, with workshops being held throughout the weekend.
Jan Wright, Chair of Festival Organisers Creative Mercury Bay.
A range of music genres on offer
Organisers Creative Mercury Bay are presenting three evening concerts and a full programme of daytime music events over five venues in the town over Queen's Birthday weekend. The festival is a mix of musical genres chosen for their wide appeal to both music aficionados and the general public alike. Acts have a range of styles from acoustic guitar, jazz, blues, country folk, urban funk, flamenco, soul, big band and everything in between.
Top class acts performing
Artists such as well-known singer songwriter Don McGlashan, established folk and country acts like Hobnail and Hamilton Country Bluegrass Band, to acoustic guitar experts, jazz, blues and big band sounds. Local acts will be featured in the Friday night concert with national and international guests performing throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Venues all within walking distance
A weekend pass gives entry to all venues and allows concert-goers to move between venues to catch their favourite performers. Whitianga Town Hall hosts the Friday night concert, both the Town Hall and The Blue Lagoon, (behind the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club), have concerts on Saturday and Sunday from 11am till 11.30pm, while Enigma Café will be hosting open mic sessions and day time concerts along with the C3 Church on Coghill St.
Enigma Café is a free venue and local musicians can still register for open mic spots by going to the festival website. Another free event is a Sunday morning gospel choir performance at the Crossroads Church, Cook Drive.
All venues are under cover, weather proof, and most are licensed premises.
Other highlights of the Festival are stagecraft and masterclass workshops by visiting artists being held at the Mercury Bay Area School and a Young Guitarist Award with the prize of a trip to New York to attend the Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp.
Where to get tickets
Ticket holders will receive entry wristbands at Festival Headquarters on Monk St, next to the Whitianga Town Hall, where some ticket sales may be available during the weekend. Festival HQ will be open from 3pm Friday June 3.
For more programme information and to book tickets on line go to the Mercury Bay Music Festival listing on our What's On page.