Auckland Council’s annual free summer concert series Music in Parks is back from Saturday 15 January to have you grooving and dancing in a local park near you.
The series launches with the first event on Saturday afternoon from 1pm at Cranwell Park in Henderson and Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee says Music in Parks is something that all Aucklanders can enjoy.
“There’s nothing more symbolic of our chilled-out Auckland summers than Music in Parks. Make sure you gather up the whānau and ‘aiga (family), pack a picnic blanket, your vaccine pass and get along to one of our 17 music events.”
Auckland Council’s Events Manager David Burt says it is a great feeling getting to this stage.
“With the lockdowns last year, we weren’t sure we would be able to have a series, but our team are excited to be bringing this popular summer series to local communities.
“We’ve pulled together a great series across the whole region this summer celebrating Auckland’s status as a UNESCO City of Music. We have 17 events from Pukekohe in the south to Snells Beach in the North. Some amazing Auckland musicians feature alongside popular and well-known Kiwi artists. It promises to be great summer listening.”
He adds that everything has been done to ensure the events abide by the COVID Protection Framework restrictions.
“Every event space will be monitored and anyone over the age of twelve will need a vaccine pass to enter, so we encourage everyone to make sure they have their pass on them when they come.”
Music in Parks line-ups
This weekend sees two Music in Parks events. The first of the season is happening at Henderson’s Cranwell Park with a line-up of nine-piece funk band Big Tasty, country and pop artist Grace Kelly, and Avondale’s Mal Lakatani who is the man behind the Creative Souls Project.
Sunday sees Music in Parks head to the shores of the Kaipara River for the Helensville show. New Zealand country artist Keith Pereira, along with artists Wednesdays Girlfriend, and Selhorae will be playing from 1pm.
Iconic events Blues at Blockhouse Bay (4 February), Kiwi Anthems (27 February) and Reggae in the Park (12 March) showcase some of New Zealand’s well-known artists Midge Marsden, The Feelers, Che Fu, King Kapisi and Cornerstone Roots, while the always popular Opera in the Park (29 January) returns with a great selection of New Zealand Opera singers performing well-loved pieces from opera and musicals.
Music in Parks events are smoke-free and zero-waste and require vaccine passes to get into the event area.
Music in Parks is proudly brought to the region by Auckland Council and supported by iHeartRadio and nzherald.co.nz
Check out the entire Music in Parks events schedule at musicinparks.co.nz and plan your next free weekend concert.