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ASB Gardens Magic Concert Series [Music]

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Tonight is the final Gardens Magic concert in the Botanic Gardens, with Emily Fairlight playing from 7pm - 8.30pm after her Saturday concert was cancelled due to wet weather.

The ASB Gardens Magic Series is central to the Wellington Summer City programme. The free night time outdoor music concert series is on 14-25 March 2012 at the Sound Shell of the Wellington Botanic Garden.

See the full programme for Gardens Magic below.

This year's programme includes blues, Celtic music, folk, New Orleans Brass Band, opera, ragtime, R&B, reggae, rock, ska, soul, swing and waiata.

Highlights of ASB Gardens Magic include New Orleans brass band Richter City Rebels, Irish band The Shenanigans, local songstress Lisa Tomlins & The Rebel Alliance and foot-stomping ragtime band The Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band.

You’re probably already familiar with this massively-popular series of gigs at the Botanic Garden (sometimes referred to as the Wellington Botanical Gardens). And you also know about the wonderful music every night as the sun goes down and the colourful lighting comes on to capture the trees and mirror balls, and the bubbles flowing through the Soundshell.

There is a difference though - this year, the Gardens Magic concerts will take place later in the year on 14-25 March instead of the usual January slot.

The concert start times have changed too, with week day concerts starting at 7pm and weekend concerts starting at 6pm with a solo act before the main act at 7pm. The concerts will finish at 8.30pm each night.

ASB Gardens Magic Line Up

Wed 14 March – 7pm Richter City Rebels (New Orleans-style brass band)

Thu 15 March – 7pm The Shenanigans (Foot-stomping, old-time Celtic music)

Fri 16 March – 6pm Phoebe Hurst (Pop, hip hop and DIY sounds) & 7pm Manalishi (Blues Boom, Fleetwood Mac '65 - '69)

Sat 17 March – 6.30pm King Homeboy (Beatboxing) & 7pm Mara and the Bushkas (Folk rock, funk and soul) *Note: Ati Atihan will not be performing and have been replaced by King Homeboy*

Sun 18 March – 6pm Stephen Carlin (Songs from the swing era) & 7pm Lisa Tomlins and the Rebel Alliance (Soul, funk and vocal gymnastics)

Mon 19 March & Tue 20 March - Postponement dates

Wed 21 March – 7pm NBR New Zealand Opera (Opera classics) *CANCELLED*

Thu 22 March – 7pm The Yoots (Ska versions of popular Māori waiata) *CANCELLED*

Fri 23 March – 7pm Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band (New Orleans ragtime)

Sat 24 March – 6pm Emily Fairlight (Alternative folk) & 7pm The Yoots (Ska versions of popular Māori waiata) Note: The Yoots have replaced Tomorrow People. *POSTPONED to Mon 26 March*

Sun 25 March – 6pm Claire Terry (Folk, indie, alternative country) & 7pm Life In The Fast Lane (Eagles tribute music)

Mon 26 March – 7pm Emily Fairlight (Alternative folk)  

Download the 2012 ASB Gardens Magic Programme [PDF, 300KB]

This wonderful annual musical outdoor concert favourite sees 15 nights of practically every musical genre you can name. Up-and-comers and established stars bring the Botanic Gardens to life.

People will be able to head to the Gardens, straight after work, and enjoy an hour and a half of quality music starting at the new time of 7pm, then end the evening with a stroll home through our beautiful Gardens Magic lighting features.

Mondays and Tuesdays are kept free as postponement dates. It also gives the chance to check out the Soundshell’s stunning lighting in a quiet setting.

There are just two things to remember – it’s hard to find parking in the area, so we highly recommend catching a bus if you can. The number 3 bus goes straight to the Glenmore Street entrance. And if you want to get a really good seat to see your favourite band, pack a picnic and go early.

There’s no such thing as a typical Gardens Magic audience — the crowd composition can differ greatly from night to night, showing how broad the appeal is. This line-up often features many acts whose music is difficult to simply categorise, with gospel, country, jazz, funk, classical, blues, R&B, folk, rock, barbershop and more. There is a focus on original music as well as music representing the numerous cultures that contribute to Wellington’s vibrancy and creativity.

As in previous years, the gardens around the Sound Shell will be transformed with striking multi-coloured lighting, designed by local lighting visionary Mike Farrand. The Gardens Magic Lighting installation will be added to over the course of ASB Gardens Magic so visitors are encouraged to attend as many nights as they can and watch the lighting effects grow.

Note: Go Wellington No. 3 bus stops just outside the Glenmore Street entrance.

Date 14 Mar 2012 (Wed) - 26 Mar 2012 (Mon)  
Time 7pm 
Venue Sound Shell - Wellington Botanic Garden  
Address Access from the top of the Wellington Cable Car, or numerous other entrances including the main entrance on Glenmore Street, Kelburn  
Cost Free entry 
Main Event 2012 Wellington Summer City Festival

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