Bluff · 27 Jan 2021

Summer Sounds Bluff Venue Wins Approval

Lindsay Beer

Lindsay Beer


All the performers at this year’s Summer Sounds Bluff concert on Sunday (31 January) are looking forward to playing at the unique venue, the Gunpit in Bluff, which was a part of the World War 2 coastal defence system.

Triple Shot, Concrete Angels, featuring the boys from Midnight Cruise and Renee from Ramblin’ Rosie’s, and Darcy Kerr are this year’s line-up with Triple Shot and Darcy Kerr having played there before while Concrete Angels are looking forward to the experience.

Chris Chilton of Triple Shot played the very first Summer Sounds concert held at the Gunpit in 2017 and he has good memories. “It is a lovely place to perform and play music. It’s got a natural mini amphitheatre vibe about it which creates a great atmosphere from a musicians’ perspective, and the setting is picturesque and peaceful. It’s such an intimate venue too. You’re right up close and personal with the audience and the general feeling is we’re all in this together.”

Darcy Kerr is a Bluff local and has been involved at both previous Summer Sounds concerts at the Gunpit. Kerr, the Southland Musician of the Year in 2020, says the Gunpit is a special venue for him. “It’s an icon of Bluff really. I’ve been going up there since I was a kid. I remember having family walks up there. It is a really nice place to play. It’s a Bluff icon.”

Kerry Hawkins, from Concrete Angels says, “the Gunpit is part of the appeal of performing at Summer Sounds Bluff. It is an iconic site for a whole bunch of reasons including the original purpose of the site and the fact it is still being used for other purposes today. Performing there will be awesome.”

Access to the Gunpit can be gained from either Gunpit Road or Stirling Point.

Summer Sounds Bluff is a Bluff Promotions event with the support of the Creative Communities Scheme, Bluff Engineering & Welding, i Hire Invercargill and the Department Of Conservation.

There is no admission fee to the event but a koha is welcomed by organisers to help defray expenses associated with the event. The concert begins at 2pm.