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Christchurch City Council Media Release

SummerTimes A festival of free entertainment.

26 January 1999

New name, new venue and new atmosphere for popular concert.

Melt, 12pm to 5pm, Saturday 6 February 1999, North Hagley Park

The event formally known as SummerRock has had a makeover. The popular concert, renamed ‘Melt’, moves to the Triangle Area in North Hagley Park by Victoria Lake which offers more shade and less dust than the more exposed Entertainment Area used in previous years.


Six bands are schuduled to perform at Melt. The line up encompasses a diverse range of musical styles including hip hop, rock, pop and reggae. New Zealand’s hottest hip hop artist, Che Fu, headlines the concert. Che Fu was an original member of the triple platinum-selling group, Supergroove, best known for their number one hit ‘You Got to Know’. His first major success following his departure from the band in 1996, was the single ‘Chains’ recorded with DJ/producer DLT. ‘Chains’ held the number one spot on the New Zealand charts for six weeks and went on to become one of the biggest selling singles of the year. Che’s recently released debut solo album ‘2B Spacific’ has already spawned a number one hit with the double A Side, ‘Without a Doubt/Machine Talk’. At Melt Che will perform with a ten piece band.


The line up preceding Che Fu encompasses some of the city’s top bands. Seven-piece I & I Pacific Reggae will perform their original roots, funk and African reggae while Fuce add a jazz/rock edge with their performance. The band will soon record a 4 track EP and follow it up with a New Zealand tour.


Fresh from their performance at Sweetwaters, three piece band Bunyip will perform their popular blend of reggae, ska and dub while The Rusks mix rock, pop, grunge, disco and glam with an energetic live performance. Kajed complete the afternoon’s diverse musical line up. The average age of the band members is just 17 and although they’ve only been together for a year they’ve already made it to the regional finals of the Xtrasmokefreerockquest and recorded a 4 track cassette.


In addition to the plentiful live music, a number of other activities will take place around the perimeter. The tennis courts will become the venue for skateboarding, rollerblading and half court basketball. There will also be volleyball, graffiti art and a display of Harley Davidsons.


Site Information

Free, secure cycle parking will be available under the trees by the cycleway leading from the Armagh Street bridge. Anyone using the cycle parking will have a chance to win a brand new Avanti bike at the end of the day.

Car parking is available in Hagley Park for $3, enter off the Westbound lane of Harper Avenue (gates open at 11am and close at 6pm). Those attending are asked not to park on the grassed strip along Park Terrace or walk across the golf course.

Food, refreshments and free squirts of sunblock will be available on site.

If wet on Waitangi Day, Melt will be postponed until the following day.


For further information contact the SummerTimes Publicity Co-ordinator,

Katie Macbeth, on (03) 941 8495,

or check the website at

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