Summer Nights Concert - what you need to know

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With popular New Zealand duo, Swamp Thing headlining the ninth Summer Nights concert, the crowd are guaranteed a night of good sounds.


“Summer Nights is about celebrating summer with family and friends in the great parks we have in Stratford. Swamp Thing are well known for their energetic performances and will definitely help us to do that,” says Kate Whareaitu, Director Community Services.

The free concert will kick off at 5.30pm in the Ted McCullough Rhododendron Dell in King Edward Park with local artists, Rick Coplestone and Janet Muggeridge, along with Ruby Hosking as opening acts. A number of food stalls are available and picnics are also encouraged.

Foot traffic entry points into The Dell include Brecon Road (opposite Maryann Rest Home), Malone Gates on Fenton Street, and the back of Stratford Primary School on Regan Street.

Stratford Primary School will have parking available for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds raised going to school camps.

Brecon Road will be closed to vehicles from Regan Street to Maryann Rest Home. However, access will be available for all residents of this part of Brecon Road, and staff and visitors to the rest home.

Limited parking is available to those who have a mobility parking permit. This can be accessed using the Brecon Road entrance. Alternatively, wheelchair access is available using the footpath leading from Malone Gates.

Free train rides on the Dairymaster Express will be available from Malone’s Gates and face painting at The Dell to keep the younger crowd entertained.

The concert will go ahead, rain or shine. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the War Memorial Centre on Miranda Street.

For updates, and further information on Summer Nights Concert, follow the Summer Nights Concert Event on Stratford District Council’s Facebook page.