Singer extends Rarotonga visit

Thursday June 07, 2018 Written by Published in Local
New Zealand singer Hollie Smith put huge energy into her fi rst-ever concert on Rarotonga at Beats of Betela on Monday. 18060603 New Zealand singer Hollie Smith put huge energy into her fi rst-ever concert on Rarotonga at Beats of Betela on Monday. 18060603

Beats of Betela special guest Hollie Smith has obviously been enjoying her visit to Rarotonga this week.

The singer was originally supposed to fly back to New Zealand on Tuesday but changed her mind and is now staying on the island until Friday.

Describing how Monday’s concert fundraiser for the Creative Centre went, Smith had special praise for all those who attended.

“The crowd was awesome,” she said of her first-ever gig in Rarotonga. “Just a really nice energy out there, and it was so much fun being able to perform.

“There were definitely a few people having some boogies at the end of the night. I got up with Trader Jacks Band and had a little jam with those guys. It was a fun way to finish.”

Concert organiser Felicity Robinson said all the feedback she’d received had been positive, with some people describing this year’s Beats of Betela as “the best lineup of talent they’d seen”. “I was also really pleased with the way the Creative Centre’s fashion parade went,” she said. “That was pretty cool.”

An estimated crowd of 500-odd people on the day brought in a little over $10,000 in ticket and gate sales, practically all of which will go straight to the Creative Centre.

The concert was “absolutely, unreservedly a success” said Creative Centre manager Rodger Harkness.

“When you see people coming through the gate and they keep coming, and they keep coming, you think, ‘Oh, awesome, we’ve made it’. So yeah, it’s really worth it,” he said.

“But in saying that, lots of people put lots of time in ay. That’s the thing. It’s a lot of behind the scenes work.

“I came along in the morning and there were all these people setting up and I had no idea who they were, but they were there – and I don’t know how you thank all those people for that. You probably pass them on the street and don’t even know that they spent five hours at Beats of Betela helping us out.”

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