Ten days out from Queen’s Birthday Weekend and the Mercury Music Festival, is gearing up. The Festival has a line up of more than 30 international and local musicians, playing over 60 gigs, across 3 main stages at the Whitianga Hotel Garden Bar, the Town Hall and Ray White realty. In addition there will be musicians in partnering cafes and bars, and buskers on many corners. Even the Whitianga Ferry will be sporting musicians.
Whitianga’s “Village of Music” will comprise a “fun trail”including stalls, decked-out businesse, buskers and fun, connecting their three main venues – the Whitianga Hotel, the Town Hall and Ray White – with surrounding bars and restaurants. Whitianga will become a hub of song, dance and fun for vistors and locals alike.
Seven local eateries will also be sporting live music. Al Camino will feature Soul Sax Plus playing from 5pm until close on Saturday and Sunday, welcoming anyone who loves good music and a view.
The Whitianga Hotel, also a main Festival Venue, will feature solo artist TJ, from 8pm on Friday night. Saturday live band T3PO will play. On Sunday the Whitianga Hotel will host a cruisey jam session and post-festival party from 8pm. Festival artists and festivalgoers are invited to jam and relax.
Espy will have live music from 10.30am on Sunday and Monday featuring Chris Lee, the fantastic acoustic guitarist and winner of 3rd place at last year’s YGA.
The Lost Spring are kicking off the weekend by hosting The Burtones on Friday afternoon. Their “Mixologist” will be whipping up a delicious cocktail “fit for a queen” – something you will want to try. They will be opening from 9.30am each day for relaxing with a dip.
Grace O’Malley’s has local celebrity Peter Lawrence playing in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. They also have The Burtones on Sunday afternoon from 1 pm.
Stoked, with be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm till 11pm and on Monday they will open for breakfast from 8am, then serve their all day menu through till 11pm. Look out for Stoked’s food/beer matching with Good George Brewing on tap, paired with special food matches.
Completing the Festival restaurant and bar venue circuit will be Frankies, who are finalising exciting live entertainment for the weekend.
As responsible hosts the Mercury Music Festival is also partnering with a number of transportation providers to get Festivalgoers to and from Whitianga’s Village.
The Whitianga Ferry is offering extended hours to match Festival needs, as well as providing live music on board.
Whiti City Taxis, providing transport which ensures you “enjoy the journey not just the ride” will accept EFTPOS as well as cash, offering the same fare whether you are traveling alone or in a group. They also offer private hire charter service to Auckland or wherever you wish to go.
Cathedral Cove Shuttles have added a Festival service in Whitianga to help ease Festival influx. Their Red Shuttle service, on this side of the river will provide transportation to and from ferry around town from 11am to 11pm.
In addition to their normal Auckland services, Go Kiwi Shuttles will also take group charters to the Festival to and from other Coromandel Beaches for a day out.
For more details on the Whitianga “Village of Music” go to http://www.mercurybaymusicfestival.co.nz/village/.