Little River Band — headline act at this year’s Selwyn Sounds.

Little River Band headlining

by Mike Isle

The iconic Selwyn Sounds music festival returns to Leeston for the third year in a row, with the promoter promising the biggest line-up of top acts ever.

Little River Band will headline the March 2 concert, with a build-up including veteran performer UK’s Leo Sayer and kiwi legends Jon Stevens, Peter Urlich and Midge Marsden.

“Not only is this the most extensive range of international and local talent we’ve ever had, but every single has songs guaranteed to get you up dancing,” said the promoter, David Parlane.

“It is so good, it will be almost impossible for concert goers to stay in their seats.”

Little River Band shot to Australian and international fame in 1975 with a string of hits, including Reminiscing, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls and arguably their biggest hit Help is on its way.

Their worldwide album, CD sales and digital downloads top 30 million, and they have also set a record for having had top 10 hits for six consecutive years.

Leo Sayer has performed everywhere from Moscow to New York’s Central Park and London’s Royal Albert Hall in his 40-year career.

He has had more than 20 top ten singles and five top ten albums, as well as writing hits for many major international performers.

His numerous hits include such classics as You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Just a Boy, When I Need You and Dancing the Night Away.

The New Zealand performers include the cornerstones of some of Australasia’s biggest bands: Jon Stevens (INXS), Peter Urlich (The Dudes) and Midge Marsden from the eponymous Midge Marsden Band.

Under the Golden Kiwis banner, the support line-up reads like a Who’s Who of the New Zealand music scene with artists from six of the best kiwi bands, including Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor), Rikki Morris (Crocodiles), Cherie Mathieson (Sola Rosa), Rick Ball (Hello Sailor) and Tony Waine (Narcs).

David Parlane said Selwyn Sounds had huge spin-off benefits to Selwyn and particularly Leeston. “In 2017, the festival attracted 7,500 concert-goers, in 2018 with a huge amount of positive feedback it jumped to a sell-out of 10,000,” he said.

The event will again be held at the Lincoln Domain. Tickets are available from selwynsounds.co.nz.