Musician urges public to support local bands

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Triple Shot band member Simon Thompson.

“GET out, enjoy live music and support your local bands.

That’s the message coming loud and clear from a voice in the Southland music scene.

Triple Shot band member Simon Thompson said the past few months had been really hard for local musicians.

“It’s not only the social element. It’s not only about what we do, it’s who we are, it’s the psychological impacts as well.”

Playing music was also an income for a lot of musicians, and, like many others involved in hospitality, their income dried up overnight when New Zealand went into Alert Level 4.

Thompson was hoping the shutdown of the nation would now be the impetus for local communities to get out and enjoy musicians who put their heart and souls into performing.

“It’s now really important that people get off their arses and go and support the bands.

“We’ve spent years and years learning our trade.

“I’ve been doing it since I was 5 — we put everything into what we do and there is nothing more discouraging than only 10 people turning up to see you.”

Not all bands were rock stars, but music was always at the heart of really great times, he said.

Thompson had already fielded calls from people inquiring about the band performing and hoped to receive more, as people were more confident about holding events at Alert Level 1.

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