Here in Franklin, we have such a wonderful number of places to be able to hear a huge diversity of music – from the 60’s pop to the current classical and all sorts in between. You really don’t need to go anywhere else!
If you are into the covers band, Disolve, they are playing in Drury in July(4th) and August (check out our What’s On page!)
Then we have that great NZ singer, Anika Moa and her support act, Benny Tipene – 10th July.
A North Island road-trip is just what Anika Moa needs now that she has moved back to her southern roots. And all those twice-as-nice communities, normally by-passed by musicians in favour of the cities, seem like great places to stop.
From Keri-Keri to Nae-Nae, Moa and support act Benny Tipene will play the More FM ‘So Good They named It Twice’ tour in July. The nine shows run from July 3 – 19, with the tour bus calling in to Mimi, Kihikihi, Matamata, Ramarama, Hora Hora, Poroporo and Katikati. The venues are where townsfolk meet – the community centre, town halls, sports centres. Shows are all-ages excepting Mimi.
The much-loved Anika Moa will bring a fresh batch of songs alongside favourites and her trademark on-stage banter. “I have new songs of heartache, new jokes, an easy on the eye support act. I’m looking forward to playing previously unvisited towns” says Moa. Her first baby album ‘Songs for Bubbas‘ has been a resounding success and Moa recently finished filming the TV series ‘Songs From The Inside’, in which she tutored inmates of Auckland Women’s Prison.
Songwriter/musician Benny Tipene may not have taken the winning title on X-Factor New Zealand but that hasn’t stopped his momentum. He has platinum and gold awards for his first two singles, his third single and EP are in the charts and an album is due in September.
His summer was spent performing at Rhythm and Vines, Parachute, Homegrown festivals and holiday hotspots and this is his first tour.
We also have Crossroads – an experienced classic rock/pop covers duo playing here in July and Jason Bae “An imperturbable soloist…” — The New Zealand Herald ……
The Searchers are one of the most influential ‘Merseybeat’ groups from Liverpool, second only to ‘The Fab Four’ in terms of worldwide fame and popularity. Formed in 1959 as a ‘Skiffle’ group by guitarist John McNally, the band tread a similar path to The Beatles performing as part of The Merseybeat scene at Cavern Club, heading to Hamburg for a residency at The Star Club before they signed a deal with Pye Records to release their first album ‘Meet The Searchers’ in 1963. The album went to No. 2, ‘Sweets for my sweet’ got to No. 1 but when the band hit it big in the U.S. with the song ‘Needles and Pins’ 50 years ago in March 1964, they became a world famous band everywhere including New Zealand. The band has never split up and has continued to tour ever since.
In 2013 The Searchers returned to New Zealand for the first time in some years on a 60’s music extravaganza with Gerry & The Pacemakers and their outstanding shows reminded fans of this legendary sixties group, just how important they are in the history of pop music. Now they’re back on their own to give fans what they want; a full two-hour show of nothing but The Searchers ‘Greatest Hits’.
The show boasts all of The Searchers Greatest Hits plus some of the greatest 60’s pop tunes ever recorded by the bands 60’s music contemporaries.
Check out our What’s On page for info on our up and coming events…..pick a date, stay the night or weekend at one of our great accommodation providers and ENJOY!!