Benefit Concert


The idea to do a ‘Benefit Concert’ for the victims of the Mosque Shooting came to Duncan Sole from Ministry of the Mind Music Ltd in Rolleston on Sunday, March 17th. He wanted to do something to show support from the people of the Selwyn district.

Duncan put a message out to his networks via his music promotion business and within hours had twelve bands keen to support the Benefit Concert. The support continued and by midday the next day he had thirty five acts volunteer to perform. It was a case of first-in first-served and so the first ten to indicate their support took to the stage.

He approached the Selwyn district Events Team regarding using the Lincoln Events Centre and they happily agreed to supply the venue free-of-charge as their contribution toward the tragic event.

“The support was truly overwhelming,” commented Duncan.

Duncan named the event, ‘Voices from the Village’ to let the City know that the people from the towns nearby, care. The Concert was held from 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Friday, March 22nd with each act having a fifteen minute slot to perform.

Duncan had appreciated help on the night from Lucette Hogg (manager of local band, 4-Stroke), who organised the memorial corner. Duncan’s eldest son Otis Sole helped with set-up and was the sound engineer for the evening. David Richards also helped with set-up, as well as undertaking the role of doorman.

Nicky Leonard was a great coffee lady and there were so many others that helped and supported to  make this concert happen,” Duncan reported.

Acts ranged from acoustic solo singers, full bands, Belly Dancers and tribal drumming. There was also a special guest act ‘Pottley Blues,’ who travelled from Dunedin to contribute. An amazing $1,112.10 was raised and will be going into the Council fund via TSB.

Duncan was pleased how the concert went and believes it was a great success considering how quickly it came together.

“The evening was well supported and there was an amazing community spirit displayed,” he concluded.