We started off the tour in Whitianga playing at Grace O’Malley’s. The atmosphere was amazing as the large crowds clearly enjoyed our music and of course we can’t forget the scorching sun.
After our first two intense gigs we had a great day, relaxing at The Lost Springs Spa doing a short gig and enjoying the pools after. We then made our way to Pauanui where we played a wonderful gig on the reserve to another engaged audience.
Following on from Pauanui, we made our way down to The Mount which was great fun. During the day we got to swim and climb the mountain whilst at night we had two great gigs - one at the Rising Tide in Tauranga and the other at the Maunganui RSA. Both of these gigs were so much fun and it was fantastic to see people getting on the dance floor!
After the fun had ended at The Mount we ventured on a very long drive to Kerikeri. The band played at two different places, the Plough and Feather, and Kainui Vineyard. Again both of these were amazing venues and had an uplifting atmosphere - perfect for performing.
Before going home we had two more awesome gigs: The Duke of Marlborough was our second to last gig, so many of our band’s family members were there to support us which was really cool - complete with some dancing in the street. Although rain meant we had to finish a little early, it didn’t dampen our spirits or performance.
On our way home we called into the Omaha Golf Club to perform one last time. It was an outstanding gig especially for the Year 13s that, unfortunately, we then had to say goodbye to.
Overall, we had an amazing time performing. Of course a big thank you to both Mr Burton and Lynne who made our trip possible and supported us all the way.
The fun times and experience of traveling around the North Island will be forever in our memories. We’re looking forward to the next round of gigs coming up this year!
Claudia Linton (Year 13, Middlemore)