Mount Rock Fest returns

The Mount Rock Fest is returning for its second year with organisers aiming to build on the awesome local support for the event.

The one-night concert at Totara Street on October 28 will provide valuable exposure for home-grown, indie rock bands, as well as raising funds for the Cancer Society.

Organiser Kingsley Smith says he and others involved in setting up the event have been affected in some way by cancer, which is why they donate their time for free to put on a great show.

“Last year was great. Around 150 people came to see six bands perform. This year we have eight bands, and we’re hoping to raise three or four times more for the Cancer Society.”

They’re hoping for a crowd double the size, with three Auckland bands (Remote, Coridian, and Play Big), two Hamilton bands (Battlecat and Deathnir) and three local bands (The Carradines, The Eternal Sea and Apollo SteamTrain) providing the night’s entertainment.

It will be a chance for local music fans to experience the double pleasure of discovering some new Kiwi sounds and helping out a good cause. That’s certainly the motivation for Kingsley.

“I’m getting to the age where I want to give back,” he says.

“When I came to Tauranga seven years ago, there wasn’t a strong, solidified rock community in Tauranga for original music. We want to create an annual event that draws a big crowd for independent, original, local rock bands.”

The Mount Rock Fest is on Saturday, October 28, with doors opening at 5.30pm. Tickets are $15 online at Eventfinda, or $25 on the door.