Daz Hunter from Medicine Woman and David Turnhout from Urban will be joining other local musicians on 18 March to raise money for The Boathouse. Photo: Kate Russell.

Banding together for The Boathouse



An iconic Nelson venue that has been helping local musicians for years is now on the receiving end of goodwill.

Musicians from around the region are banding together to hold a concert to raise money for The Boathouse, which suffered extensive water damage during the storm surge on 1 February.

To be held at The Playhouse on Sunday, 18 March, all proceeds will go towards helping with the rebuild.

Local musician Trudi Wilson, who is currently organising the event from overseas, says she cried when she saw video footage of water coming through the floor of the 112-year-old building.

“I’ve played there many times myself and they have supported my friends and their bands on that floor. I have heard my high heels click on that floor, danced on that floor and it really struck me as to how important it is to Nelson.”

She says the all-day concert will be a family-friendly affair, with music kicking off at 1pm.

Steve Mitchell and Friends, The Boogie Train, Urban, Lemongrass, The Gypsy Pickers, Ruby, Lilith, Cover Me, Medicine Woman, Kramit and Tillerman have offered their musical talents to the cause.

“So many people put their hands up to perform, but to keep in check I had to go through and choose the acts that had either lost gigs because of the damage or the bands that have had outstanding shows there,” Trudi says.

The Playhouse have offered their venue for the event, Event Audio have offered their PA services and musical gear, Robbie Sissons has offered to do sound and Christine Olsen from Bandaids has put her hand up to do the ticketing.

“The idea behind this is that while we know The Boathouse has insurance, it doesn’t cover everything. The owners and staff have always been incredibly good to local acts and hopefully we can raise some money to help get it back on its feet.”

The Boathouse benefit concert is on Sunday, 18 March from 1pm – 10:30pm, at The Playhouse. Tickets are $25 for adults, $50 for a family, $5 for kids 16 and under (kids under five are free) and are available online through www.bandaids.co.nz/online-ticketing