Pioneer Park was the destination for the 2016 Grand Procession and a fun afternoon at the Contact Energy Saturday in the Park.
Entertainment for the young and the young at heart featured on two stages one dedicated to all the kids and featuring clowns, jugglers and magic shows. The main stage featured a stunning line up headed off first by the Foxy Tones a dynamic trio of stunning vocalists covering 6 decades of popular music. Following them, the Magnificent 7 were welcomed to the stage. Peter Urlich, Jordan Luck and Eddie Rainor 3 of the countries top entertainers backed by a solid group of muscians banged out hit after hit, getting the the record crowd on its feet and up dancing.
Thousands of people lined Centennial Avenue and Tarbert Street to watch the procession before they headed into the park to enjoy the eclectic range of entertainment on offer.
The family afternoon extravaganza was packed with fun and entertainment for the young and young at heart.
The official crowning ceremony and awarding of prizes for the floats and other parade entries was held at 4pm.
The craft markets did a roaring trade it was a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early while food and beverage vendors will keep you fed and watered.
Saturday in the Park Entertainment
2016's main stage entertainment featured a band, with the working title of The Magnificent Seven, the band was fronted by 3 New Zealand music icons, namely Jordan Luck, Peter Urlich and Eddie Rayner. And accordingly, the group lovingly and faithfully performed all the big songs of the The Dance Exponents, Th’ Dudes and Split Enz, arguably 3 of the country’s most famous bands. To see the band live was to experience a non-stop procession of some of NZ music’s most loved songs, passionately performed by the original singers and backed up by a crack band of players.
On lead guitar is perhaps the best axeman in the country, Brett Adams (The Bads) who is in constant demand for TV and session work. The bassist is Dave Gent, a founding member of The Exponents and still a dynamic force on stage. Rhythm guitar and vocals is taken by Bryan Bell of Dead Flowers fame and the drum seat is filled by Patrick Khutze, yet another considered to be in the top echelon of musicians. Moreover, the band members are all friends and this gives the group a special chemistry and energy onstage, whipped up by Jordan and Peter, 2 of the best front men you’ll ever see. This is topped by the keyboard maestro himself, Eddie Rayner who gives the band an incredible symphonic sound.
You only have to imagine the songs performed to a big crowd in a festival atmosphere to realize what a musical treat we all had.
The Magnificent 7 were ably supported by 3 lovely ladies the Foxy Tones paying tribute to the hits of the 60’s and 70’s
The Bands, the acts, the performers are being sourced and booked for the 2917 festival, more details later in the year.
Tickets are available at the gate on the day only. The more tickets you buy the cheaper it is so get a group together and take advantage of the discounts on offer. Under 5's are Free.
1 ticket = $13
2 tickets = $20
3 tickets = $25
4 tickets = $30
5 tickets = $35
Each Subsequent Gate Sales Tickets $7 i.e. 8 x $7= $56
Under 5’s Free
Stall Holder Registration
Registration for the 2017 arts and crafts markets, food and beverage sites will be available from March 2017.
Sites are limited, for the full information and application form please download the registration pack below.