Isaac Kneepkens, a 23-year-old with a ardour for music began his personal music pageant in New Plymouth, Seaside sounds, and this time he’s tripled his capability.
A Taranaki live performance promoter has teamed up with a former Block NZ star to develop his summer time music pageant.
Isaac Kneepkens began Seaside Sounds in New Plymouth two years in the past, placing upcoming Taranaki expertise in entrance of a crowd of as much as 800 folks on the Butlers Reef restaurant and bar in Ōakura.
However after final yr’s occasion was cancelled, the 23-year-old has teamed up Agni Bhorkar, who competed on The Block NZ in 2018, to increase Seaside Sounds right into a “festival-type live performance” for an anticipated 3000 folks at New Plymouth’s racecourse.
Bhorkar, who owns Flex Health gyms in Hamilton, New Plymouth and Rotorua, mentioned being concerned with a music pageant on this scale was one thing fully new for him.
“Fascinated with doing one thing like it is a lot extra daunting than really doing it.
“I’d be mendacity if I didn’t say I take into consideration what might possibly go improper.”
That’s precisely how Kneepkens felt when he began the gig two years in the past.
Kneepkens grew up with a ardour for music and when he observed a niche available in the market for upcoming native expertise to play to a dwell viewers, he and pal Ziah Taumoepeau got here up with the thought of internet hosting their very own live performance.
“One factor we now have discovered is that you just typically should exit of city for festivals now and journey two to 3 hours to go to one thing, whereas it could be cool to have one thing in your doorstep.
“We noticed it as a platform to not solely do one thing for us to step into the area but in addition present a platform for them to carry out on an even bigger scale and push their music out regionally.”
When Taumoepeau moved out of the area, Kneepkens continued organising the subsequent occasion within the hopes it could develop larger every year and the brand new location and enterprise accomplice was an ideal alternative for enlargement.
This yr’s occasion will showcase indie, reggae, hip hop, drum and bass, home music and summer time tunes with upcoming Taranaki artists together with Bush Buds, Jeremiah The 9, Skye B2B Killa and Journey change.
And with council approval, gear booked and tickets already offered, Kneepkens and Bhorkar are gearing as much as see their work come collectively on December 10.
Kneepkens is working Seaside Sounds underneath his model The Good Feels, an endeavour he hopes will proceed to increase alongside the pageant to be a clothes, content material creation and occasion organising platform.
“I form of wish to ultimately develop the model and ultimately have completely different pillars so an occasions facet, a workshop facet, clothes facet and who is aware of what else.”