Details: Band Together – Concert For Canterbury

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An amazing line up of artists has now been confirmed for the Band Together Concert for Canterbury next month.

The free concert, in Christchurch’s Hagley Park on October 23, is shaping up to be the biggest free concert ever staged in New Zealand.

Some of New Zealand’s best-loved bands and solo artists are coming together to entertain Cantabrians following the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that continue to shake the region.

Canterbury stalwarts The Exponents are specially reforming for the event.

Their song, Christchurch (In Cashel St. I Wait), is the theme song of the concert.

They’ll be joined by Opshop, The Feelers, Minuit, Clap Clap Riot, Midnight Youth, Ivy Lies and The Bats.

The star-studded line up also includes Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, J.Williams, Che Fu, and Dane Rumble plus Julia Deans, King Kapisi and Nathan King.

Two of the biggest artists who started their careers in Christchurch over 40- years-ago – Ray Columbus and Dinah Lee – are returning to reprise their hits.

A total of 31 acts will be taking to the stage on Saturday October 23. The full day of music and entertainment starts at 11am and finishes at 8pm.

Organisers Jason Kerrison and Paul Ellis say the concert is a chance for Cantabrians to come together in the wake of the earthquake that struck the region on September 4.

“It’s a day to reconnect with your friends and family, enjoy the best of New Zealand music, and just have a great time,” says Ellis.

Both are extremely appreciative of the talent who have put up their hands to help.

“It’s a fantastic mix of artists and we’re so lucky that so many have been able to make themselves available for this,” says Kerrison, whose band Opshop will be performing on the day.

“The amount of talent that is going to be on that stage is extraordinary,” says Ellis.

Many of the artists were born and raised in the region, or have called Canterbury home at some stage of their lives or careers, while others just wanted to do something to help the people of Canterbury recover from their earthquake ordeal.

Joining the artists will be a number of sporting stars plus TV and radio celebrities to host the event, which will be broadcast, LIVE on TV3 from midday.

Sponsorship is funding the daylong concert and there will be opportunities for the rest of the country to donate to Cantabrians those in need.