Coro Summer Fest

Reflecting on last weekend's Coro Summer Fest 2019,   

organiser Matt Sephton said it was "everything he had hoped for and then some".  


The boutique festival, hosted by Coro Sonic Lab for its third year, offered an epic lineup of more than 10 DJs, singer-songwriters and musicians, attracting over 400 people to its lush location on private property just north of Coromandel Town. 


Limiting ticket sales and encouraging pre-sales allowed Matt and his organising team to provide the best possible experience for attendees, without compromising the intimacy and unique 'Coro culture' of the festival.


Matt commented that the audience capacity of this year's festival was perfect for the site.  "There's a great energy, it's busy and vibey, everyone is close, but there's still room too move and dance."


Nadia Reid, one of New Zealand's finest contemporary singer songwriters was a headline act, attracting many loyal fans for her first-ever Coromandel performance. 


For Matt, the Coro Summer Fest provides an opportunity to invite personally respected and admired musicians (FreQ Nasty is someone who Matt's been a fan of for over 15 years) to perform in an intimate, quintessential Coromandel environment where they are treated to homegrown hospitality, privacy and comfort during their visit.  


Coro Summer Fest relies heavily on a dedicated team of supporters and organisers, including people to build the site, Door Crew, Security Crew and the support of the local community and neighbours, for which Matt is very grateful. 


The well organised festival attracted a trouble-free, remarkably well-behaved crowd who were respectful, tidy and family friendly.  


"Coro Summer Fest was a super family friendly, intimate festival with a good Coro feel.  Cool lighting and funky decorations gave the small space a festive vibe," said Michele Cameron who attended the festival with her husband and three children.  The family's festival highlights included experiencing the diversity of many musicians in one location, especially singer-songwriter Huia, peforming in both Te Reo and English.  Along with tacos and spiral spuds for dinner, sunshine and even a few rain showers, the Camerons concluded Coro Summer Fest had everything a good festival needs!


The artist line-up for Coro Summer Fest 2019 featured:

FreQ Nasty, Nadia Reid, Mad Hallelujah Tribe, Banana Mundo, Leesy-mo Adlam, Huia, Rei Music, The Wanderer Productions, Al Sorley, AlleyKat, Gareth Price, and Mufasa (NZ).


Photo courtesy Coro Sonic Lab


Article published 16 January 2019

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