The annual food offerings at the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival always cater for a wide variety of tastes and so too will the musical entertainment when this year’s Festival takes place in Bluff on Saturday 25 May.
Four bands will perform on the outdoor stage throughout the afternoon following the traditional opening ceremony and Bluff School Kapa Haka Group performance that set the tone of the day.
First up is a group with a name as funky as their music. Christchurch based Yurt Party is described as having an East European meets dubby roots sound. Their gypsy and Balkan rhythms, haunting violin melodies and ground shaking percussive beats will bring unique flavour to the day.
Sam Cullen and band follows and with Cullen’s career very much in the ascendancy at the moment his appearance at the Festival is highly anticipated. The product of Verdon College who is currently studying at Victoria University is rated as one of this country’s hardest working young performers. A nominee for Southland Entertainer Of The Year Award, Sam will be joined by Chris Chilton of Pretty Wicked Head and Matt Ward.
Band Of Bluffies, consisting of Geoff Williams, Darcy Kerr, Jacob McQuarrie plus Lee and Casey Barris, are next up. Formed especially for the Bluff School Reunion in early 2017 these Bluff lads will provide some hard rocking music from 3.15pm.
The musical entertainment is rounded off with the appearance of THE HYPE, featuring former three-time Southland Entertainer Of The Year, Shannon Cooper Garland. It will no doubt be a popular return home for the now Christchurch based Cooper Garland as she and the band bring a close to the day with an array of songs ranging from the ‘60’s to today.
Tickets for the Festival have been sold out since the beginning of February. The gates to the Festival site in Lee Street, Bluff will open at 10.30am on Saturday 25 May.