A great concert just over the hill

Auckland band Two Many Chiefs performing at last year's concert.

Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty residents only have to make a short trip over the hill to Matamata if they want to see some stellar music acts next month.

Rotary Matamata are presenting their fourth annual Concert by the Lake, featuring Kiwi legend Bic Runga alongside regular performer Jamie McDell and Auckland band Two Many Chiefs.

The concert is held on private property each year, with acts performing to the lakeside audience from a pontoon on the water.

Rotary Matamata publicity officer David Hulme says it’s a unique experience to watch the performances on the lake and spend a great afternoon with friends.

“Everyone really enjoys the afternoon,” says David. “It has a pretty casual, chilled-out vibe.

“There’s plenty of room for as many people from the Bay who want to come across as possible. Last year we had just under 500 attend, so we’re hoping to have more this year.”

All funds raised will go to charity, which this will benefit the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and local youth support initiatives in Matamata.

David says there will be two concession stands to purchase coffee and ice cream on the day.

“You can also bring your own food and drink,” he says. “There’s no alcohol for sale, but people can bring their own so long as they drink responsibly.”

Tickets are $60 per person, or $150 for a family pass (two adults and two children under 12). Children under five go free. The concert is held at 162 Jondor Road, Matamata, on Sunday March 4, and runs from 1-5.30pm.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit: www.concertbythelake.co.nz or call: 0800 555 757.

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