Festival vibe all-sorts

Stoner rock, blues, kapa haka, acoustic jams are some of the genres to fill Smash Palace next week.

Stoner rock, blues, kapa haka, acoustic jams are some of the genres to fill Smash Palace next week.

MEN IN MUSIC: Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith and Gisborne man Rori White are teaming up to bring a buffet-style music show to Gisborne. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

WOULD you pay $25 to see a buffet-style offering of 25 bands at a bustling music venue in the heart of Gisborne this summer?

Stoner rock, blues, kapa haka, acoustic jams are just some of the genres that will fill the ornament-covered walls and grounds of Smash Palace during Smash Summer Sesh 6 next week.

The one-day, multi-genre festival, now in its sixth year, will see a dynamic offering of bands from Gisborne and beyond play Smash Palace’s indoor and outdoor stages.

“About half the bands are from Gisborne and half are from out of town,” says event organiser Rori White of Super Turtle music management.

White is coordinating the event alongside Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith, of Demon Teeth Productions.

“It’s almost like a big day out-type scenario,” says Monteith. “From my perspective, if you’re back in town, you should be at this.”

Hosting an event featuring music ranging from grunge to blues is a daring mission. Monteith says there’s only one man for the job.

“What Rori is doing is pretty adventurous in terms of covering all those genres, and he’s the only one crazy enough to do it,” he says.

When White started the music event in 2002, he wouldn’t have called himself a musician, but he was definitely a fan of the live show.

“All my mates were musicians, that’s why I started Super Turtle, to get my mates up on stage,” he says.

Monteith and White are particularly excited about Auckland-based “swing-stomp-punk-rock” piano-drum duo The MurderChord.

Monteith describes the group as sounding like a dangerous music hall with a dark vibe — “the sort of gig Jack the Ripper might have come to”.

Gisborne groups, such as punk-rockers the Nervous Surgeons, Ramones-style pop-punk outfit Rocket Jocks and acoustic singer-songwriter Ariana Henare are also on the bill.

Metal band Diekaiju will close the night.

Presale tickets cost $25 and can be bought at the venue in the days leading up to the event. Door sales are $30.

  • Smash Summer Sesh 6 at Smash Palace; December 27 (12 noon to 12 midnight)

WOULD you pay $25 to see a buffet-style offering of 25 bands at a bustling music venue in the heart of Gisborne this summer?

Stoner rock, blues, kapa haka, acoustic jams are just some of the genres that will fill the ornament-covered walls and grounds of Smash Palace during Smash Summer Sesh 6 next week.

The one-day, multi-genre festival, now in its sixth year, will see a dynamic offering of bands from Gisborne and beyond play Smash Palace’s indoor and outdoor stages.

“About half the bands are from Gisborne and half are from out of town,” says event organiser Rori White of Super Turtle music management.

White is coordinating the event alongside Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith, of Demon Teeth Productions.

“It’s almost like a big day out-type scenario,” says Monteith. “From my perspective, if you’re back in town, you should be at this.”

Hosting an event featuring music ranging from grunge to blues is a daring mission. Monteith says there’s only one man for the job.

“What Rori is doing is pretty adventurous in terms of covering all those genres, and he’s the only one crazy enough to do it,” he says.

When White started the music event in 2002, he wouldn’t have called himself a musician, but he was definitely a fan of the live show.

“All my mates were musicians, that’s why I started Super Turtle, to get my mates up on stage,” he says.

Monteith and White are particularly excited about Auckland-based “swing-stomp-punk-rock” piano-drum duo The MurderChord.

Monteith describes the group as sounding like a dangerous music hall with a dark vibe — “the sort of gig Jack the Ripper might have come to”.

Gisborne groups, such as punk-rockers the Nervous Surgeons, Ramones-style pop-punk outfit Rocket Jocks and acoustic singer-songwriter Ariana Henare are also on the bill.

Metal band Diekaiju will close the night.

Presale tickets cost $25 and can be bought at the venue in the days leading up to the event. Door sales are $30.

  • Smash Summer Sesh 6 at Smash Palace; December 27 (12 noon to 12 midnight)

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