Spotlight on Aongatete festival

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with Janne GuitarGirl

I've had the great pleasure of being involved in helping to run this annual event on the property of my good friends, Paul and Penny Hoggard, at 156 Work Rd, Katikati, usually near the last weekend in February. This year it will be held on February 24-25.

This music festival was started years ago as a joint venture between the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club, and the Katikati Folk Club, and is now a standalone two-day music festival.

It starts on a Friday night with a blackboard concert, and on Saturday there is music through the day and in the evening, with featured artists from throughout NZ and some guest artists from abroad.

There is a stage on the property, and the audience can enjoy listening either sitting under the fig trees or under marquees or sun shades, so feel free to bring your picnic rug and camping chairs.

It is a family event, campervans and tents welcome. There will be food stalls on-site and portaloos.

This year the headline act will be the Pipi Pickers, and also performing are guest artists Kirsty Bromley, Penni Feather, David Shanhun, Jon Sanders, Rhode Workz and many more.

Some of the artists I've seen perform in previous years are Brendan Power, Zoh Zoh, Jamie McLennan and Emily Smith, Luke Thompson, Sanders Alley Khan, Karen Lynne and the Bluegrass Circle, Sarita Murdoch, Owen Hugh, Gumboot Tango, Legal Tender, Hobnail, Wakakura, and many other talented artists. A cruisey little festival under the figs.

Check it out online at: www.aongatete.co.nz See you there.

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