by George Clark
Around 2000 keen festival-goers attended Soundsplash Timaru last weekend, with acts featuring a mix of musical genres from Stan Walker, Peking Duk, Polo G and Dylan Frost (of Sticky Fingers).
Promotor Sam Heath, who grew up in Timaru, said he felt privileged to bring an event of such magnitude to his hometown.
“We had just over 1800 people on the Friday and 2000 on the Saturday three-day passes and some single-day. Which is pretty good for the first year.”
Soundsplash Timaru runs alongside Soundsplash Raglan, which had a 10,000 ticket turn-out but has been operating for 15 years.
“The Caroline Bay facilities are amazing. Geographically, it’s right in the middle of Christchurch and Dunedin and sort of Queenstown. It’s the perfect spot for a festival.”
Mr Heath said he ran his first music event at the Old Mill in Timaru.
“I fell into doing it, because my friends lived here and wanted to do a gig. They knew I’d run a couple of skateboard competitions down at the Bay and they thought I’d be able to help put it together. That was successful and I just really enjoyed doing it.”
Mr Heath will take a short break before returning to work, planning events for the year ahead.
“I’m straight back into running Nudge Marketing in Dunedin now. We have an events company called Good Times, running a lot of shows with the university and 30 other smaller shows. With Nudge, Goodtimes and Baydreams that’s my year filled up, really.”
Soundsplash Timaru is expected to return in 2021.