An entertaining night

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IT will be quite a show, with the best of Southland’s musicians and entertainers set to perform alongside legendary New Zealand singer/songwriter Annie Crummer at the ILT Southland Entertainment Awards Show next week.

“We have an absolutely fantastic line up of nominees this year… the cream of the crop,” awards convener Jo Ward said.

The annual awards recognise the talent and contribution of Southland musicians.

Ward said the five finalists for Southland Entertainer of the Year were selected from an unusually large number of nominations received this year.

The finalists include Simon Thompson, of Triple Shot, 22-year old Tokanui musician Lachie Hayes, Jordan Cossill, of bands The Sparrow Thieves, Carcosa, and Murgatroyd, Brad Clarkson, of bands Rogue and El Scratcho, and singer Cheryl Anderson, currently performing as part of duo Old School with Arun O’Connor.

As well as performances by the nominees, guest artist New Zealand singer-songwriter Annie Crummer, of When the Cat’s Away, Enzso and Netherworld Dancing Toys fame, will perform, as well as last year’s Southland Entertainer of the Year Jenny Mitchell.

Ward said although the awards night was about celebrating Southland’s musicians, the organisers aimed to make it a “real show”, and show what Southland had to offer.

“We punch above our weight [in terms of musical talent nationally] and this is a chance to showcase that.”

Ward said tickets were selling fast and she encouraged people get their tickets now to avoid missing out.

“It would be great to see another sell-out show… great for the performers.”

ILT Southland Entertainment Awards Show, Civic Theatre, April 13, 7.30pm. Tickets $25 adults, $20 concessions and children. Tickets available from the Invercargill City Council booking office or online at TicketDirect

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