Summer Sounds spot wins approval

Bluff Summer Sounds at the Gunpit in 2019.

ALL the performers at this year’s Summer Sounds Bluff concert on Sunday are looking forward to playing at the unique, historic Gunpit on Bluff Hill/Motupohue, which was previously part of the World War 2 coastal defence system.

Triple Shot, Concrete Angels, featuring the boys from Midnight Cruise and Renee from Ramblin’ Rosies, and Darcy Kerr will be the line-up, with Triple Shot and Darcy Kerr having played there before.

Musician Chris Chilton, of Triple Shot, played at the first Summer Sounds concert held at the Gunpit in 2017, and had good memories.

“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.

“You’re right up close and personal with the audience and the general feeling is we’re all in this together.

Musician Darcy Kerr was a Bluff local and had been involved at both previous Summer Sounds concerts at the Gunpit.

Kerr, the Southland Musician of the Year in 2020, said the Gunpit was a special venue for him.

“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.

Musician Kerry Hawkins, of Concrete Angels, said the Gunpit was 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 could be gained from either Gunpit Rd or Stirling Point.

There was no admission fee to the event but a koha would be welcomed by organisers to help cover expenses associated with the event.

A Bluff Promotions Event, Summer Sounds Bluff had the support of the Creative Communities Scheme, Bluff Engineering and Welding, iHire Invercargill and the Department Of Conservation.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Bluff publicity and promotions officer

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