Around 150 enjoyed what is thought to be the first ever concert at the Gunpit in Bluff when Summer Sounds Bluff took place on Sunday.
In beautiful conditions the crowd relaxed on the grassy areas to enjoy a 90 minute concert with local performers Darcy Kerr, Jacob McQuarrie and their band followed by Invercargill three piece covers band, Triple Shot.
Access to the site worked well with people arriving by bus, car and on foot.
The Bluff Promotions event was supported by Bluff Engineering & Welding, i Hire Invercargill, the Creative Communities Scheme and the ILT Foundation. The use of the Gunpit as a concert venue was the suggestion of Andrew Watkins of Bluff Engineering & Welding. The permission of the Department Of Conservation to use the site for the event is also appreciated.
The concert also raised awareness of the heritage site for some out of town visitors who were previously not aware of the Gunpit, part of the World War 2 coastal defence system.
Enthusiasm is high for the event to continue at the site in the future.
The event signals a particularly busy time on the Bluff February Events Calendar with:
- Sunday 4th Awarua Whanau Services Try Whanau Triathlon and Festival
- Thursday 8th Classic Motorcycle Mecca Burt Munro Challenge Bluff Hill Climb
- 10&11th the Lands End Garden Club Bluff Flower Show and St Johns Book Sale
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