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Tasman Band Tour to showcase local rock talent

May 15th, 2012
[TDC press relese]

The Tasman Band Tour is set to return to the region, with three all-ages music gigs scheduled to take place in Richmond, Motueka and Golden Bay on consecutive weekends in June.

The tour provides up and coming youth bands with an opportunity to perform in a series of live shows across the district. The three-gig concert series also offers a creative outlet for young people to contribute towards making their communities vibrant, happening places.

The tour kicks off in Richmond on Saturday 2nd June, hosted by the Richmond Town Hall, before moving on to Motueka and the Motueka Memorial Hall on Friday 8th June, and concludes in Golden Bay on Saturday 16th June with a grand finale show at the Pohara Hall. All shows run from 8-11pm, and are free to attend.

Back again to headline the tour will be Nelson punk rock outfit ‘Recommended by your Mom’, who were part of the original TBT in 2010, and have since gone on to release multiple singles and sign a record deal to send their music global. They will be supported by the all female pop rock group ‘The Black Spots’ from Golden Bay High School, mosh metal band ‘Buried In Blood’ from Motueka High School, young rockers ‘Fire Without Permit’ from Waimea and Nelson Colleges, and ‘Black Water’ from Nelson.

As well as the pride and prestige associated with playing music in front of their peers, participating bands will also have the opportunity to work alongside music and event professionals and further develop skills associated with sound engineering, setting up sound and lighting equipment, stage, production and event management.

The Professional Skills Development Workshops in Live Sound & Show Production have been made possible via a funding grant received from the Ministry of Youth Development.

Tasman District Council Community Recreation Officer Paul McConachie says the Tasman Band Tour offers a great opportunity for bands to hone their skills in front of a live audience.

"There are a lot of talented young musicians out there who are restricted to shredding guitars and bashing drum kits in the confines of parents' basements and rehearsal spaces.

"These dedicated musicians deserve an opportunity to play in front of a screaming audience and learn professional skills associated with live gigging along the way."

The Tasman Band Tour is a free community event and are smoke, alcohol, drug and trouble free. For more information contact Paul McConachie or check out and follow the tour on


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