Summerfest 2017: playing sweet and poppy

Sweet Sound draws together Olivia and Kiara Hollis on vocals and Brendan Thode on guitar.

Sweet Sound draws together Olivia and Kiara Hollis on vocals and Brendan Thode on guitar.

SUMMERFEST is back for 2017.

The annual outdoor music event will take over Harry Bennett Park on Saturday, January 28 for an evening of live music. 

Summerfest is unique in that it is run entirely by the Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT) – a group of forward-thinking youth who are dedicated to bringing innovative events to the Manning. 

MYAT are responsible for the entire event – from organisation and marketing to the production and performances. They are supported by MidCoast Council’s youth engagement officer, Russell Ingram.

Gates open at 5.30pm, with the music kicking off at 6pm and running through to 9pm, entry is just $5 and there will be a barbecue and soft drinks available on the night.

The Manning River Times caught up with Sweet Sound and SOAR to find out who they are and why they are looking forward to playing Summerfest 2017. 

Sweet Sound

SWEET Sound draws together Olivia and Kiara Hollis on vocals and Brendan Thode on guitar.

The trio shared their sweet, simple and harmonic at the recent Carols in the Park in Taree.

Kiara said the band formed after she and Olivia played in a competition and asked Brendan to play with them.

“After it was all over – we decided to keep going as a band,” Kiara said.

Kiara said, Sweet Sound are looking forward to playing Summerfest because, “we'd love for more people to listen to us and hear some new covers”. 

You can like Sweet Sound on Facebook to stay updated with their music and gigs. 

SOAR 

SOAR is made up of Ben Stevens (guitar, drums and vocals), Josh Clarke (guitar, drums and vocals), Sampson Hillyard (bass), Cam Le Messurier (keys and computer things) and Banjo Hunt (lead vocals and trumpet).

SOAR is made up of Ben Stevens (guitar, drums and vocals), Josh Clarke (guitar, drums and vocals), Sampson Hillyard (bass), Cam Le Messurier (keys and computer things) and Banjo Hunt (lead vocals and trumpet).

SOAR describe their sound as hoppy, boppy and poppy.

The five-piece is made up of Cam Le Messurier (keys and computer things), Josh Clarke (guitar, drums and vocals), Ben Stevens (guitar, drums and vocals), Sampson Hillyard (bass) and Banjo Hunt (lead vocals and trumpet).

SOAR began when the boys were in year seven – at the time they all played guitar a part from “piano nerd” Cam. 

“Next minute puberty ruins everything and all of a sudden we play a variety of instruments,” a spokesperson for the band said. 

For Summerfest the band’s set up will be a little different than usual. 

“This year Josh is balling to Vietnam so we are going to play with a slightly different set up, which is always fun. Still not sure what that encounters, maybe a more electronic set? God forbid Banjo plays guitar? Who knows?”

In 2017, SOAR will release two new singles. Like SOAR on Facebook to stay updated with their music and gigs.