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Coastella Music Festival Continues to Impress

Coastella Music Festival Continues to Impress

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Coastella Music Festival welcomed over 3500 festival-goers to the third annual Festival on Saturday, including artists, volunteers and crew, who were united for a day of great music, delectable food and dancing at Southward Car Museum. This was over a 30% increase from 2017, and exceeded the expectations of festival organisers Gerry Paul and Paul Brown who commented, “seeing over 3000 people smiling, dancing and having fun makes all the hard work worthwhile”.

Over 30 acts performed throughout the day including iconic group The Black Seeds, locals Jeep Road, Louis Baker, crowd favourites George & Noriko (Japan / Aus) and the Hot Potato Band (Aus) who got the crowd up and dancing despite short spells of rain. A Pecha Kucha event saw 9 speakers talk about issues covering arts and music and local issues. Tiny Town, the smallest stage returned and was packed all day, with audiences looking to experience the novel intimate live music setting. Over 100 volunteers gave their time to make the day run smoothly and more than $3000 was raised for local Kāpiti charity Whirlwind, Ōtaki Women's Netball team and Wellington Free Ambulance.

The feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with everybody complimenting the artists, food, short cues and all round positive vibe from the day.

The organisers are currently setting dates for Coastella 2019 and is fast becoming an iconic event in the region.

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