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Christchurch City Council Media Release

SummerTimes A festival of free entertainment.

11 January 1999

Sixties pop icon joins afternoon of musical nostalgia.

Strawberry Fields, 2pm to 5pm, 24 January 1999, North Hagley Park


Ray Columbus, one of New Zealandís most popular stars of the sixties and seventies will perform at the popular SummerTimes event, Strawberry Fields, on Sunday 24 January in North Hagley Park


Perhaps best know for his 1964 hit ëSheís a Modí which he performed with The Invaders, Ray Columbus is one of the countryís top entertainers. Heís had over 14 hit records and toured with top international stars including Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Ben E King, The Hollies and Gladys Knight & the Pips.


As Strawberry Fields takes shape, North Hagley Park transforms into a mini Woodstock with concert-goers arriving wearing flares, tie-dyed shirts and headbands. Teenagers especially seem to love the atmosphere of peace, love and happiness and when they’re not dancing they’re making daisy chain head bands and painting their faces with peace signs or flowers. Meanwhile those old enough to remember the era first-hand generally tend to enjoy the show in a more laid back way from their picnic spots in the shade.


While sixties and seventies fashion is a big part of the event, itís ultimately the music of the era that makes Strawberry Fields such an enjoyable occasion. As well as music from Ray Columbus and his band Axel, The Fab Three will also entertain. Their costumed, choreographed stage show features plenty of p op icons ranging from The Beatles to Elvis.


Site Information

Free, secure cycle parking will be available under the trees by the cycleway. Car parking is available in Hagley Park for $3, enter off the Westbound lane of Harper Avenue (gates open at 1pm and close at 6pm). Food, refreshments and free squirts of sunblock will be available on site. Those attending are asked not to park on the grassed strip along Park Terrace or walk across the golf course.


For further information contact the SummerTimes Publicity Co-ordinator,

Katie Macbeth, on (03) 941 8495,

or check the website at


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