Monday, 20 January 2020


Whitianga Summer Concert a brilliant day

I never thought I would rejoice seeing the sky turning grey in Whitianga, but it looked like it might cloud up for last Saturday’s Whitianga Summer Concert and we were looking forward to some much welcome relief from the summer heat. Alas it was not to be and the sun beat down on the jubilant crowd for pretty much the entire concert. 

Tony Childs didn’t let that deter her as she breezed onto the stage and opened with her chilled, “Where’s the Ocean?” Her radiance seemed to blow away any cloud cover there may have been and she lived up to her promise of lovely relaxing music. She made a good opening headliner for the concert.

Toni even hopped down into the audience for some Zen interaction in the mosh pit, intoning on how men should act as peaceful warriors. Some concertgoers next to us raved about her peaceful vibe and depth of voice.  She was very enjoyable.

Mark Seymour from Hunters and Collectors opened with an acoustic version of “We Shall Never Meet Again,” which was a beautiful song. He continued on with more acoustic songs, which were lovely but less known, at least by us. James Reyne from Australian Crawl then took to the stage for a few solo numbers before he was joined by Mark for some more acoustics. My favourite Aussie Crawl song, “Reckless,” started to liven up the audience and the stage became a bit of a jam session with Mark and James performing quite a lot of covers of other artists, which was surprising but entertaining none the less.

When the last headliner, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, came on stage with his very professional band, the audience burst into a massive sing along and we moved into the mosh pit. The sound in front was deafening with the audience assisting the band in all their Supertramp favourites.

Roger’s band was fantastic, even though there were only three of them. The saxophone player was particularly good. Just before Roger took the keyboard and knocked out “Crime of the Century,” he talked about how his songwriting started when he was an angst-ridden teenager and how music had led him through all of the difficult times in his life.   

The band covered many of Supertramp’s classics across a great performance and midway through we were all treated to a very romantic and successful on-stage marriage proposal of long-term partners, Matt and Amy. We were all glad that she said yes!  

Roger’s last song was “It’s Raining Again.” Amazingly, when his band opened the song it actually started to sprinkle. 

The day was a brilliant one. My husband and I have attended all of the Whitianga Summer Concerts over the years and we look forward to next year being another stellar one.

Picture: Mark Seymour on stage at last Sunday's Whitianga Summer Concert.


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