A popular music event that charges a gold coin for entry returns to Wairarapa

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Hip-hop artist Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, aka Kings, will headline the Summer Hummer concert at Masterton in December.

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Hip-hop artist Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, aka Kings, will headline the Summer Hummer concert at Masterton in December.

Wairarapa’s popular music event Summer Hummer returns in December with hip-hop star Kiwi Kings as headliners.

The concert will also feature a range of national and regional artists at the Queen Elizabeth Park Sports Ground in Masterton on December 3.

The kings will be joined by bands from Wellington, Tin Palace and Wairarapa – Deluxe Edition, Sinner Man Saint, Captivated and Dragonfly and local boxer beat, Maceo Field.

The Trust House Foundation was the main funder of the event, which organizers hoped would once again become an annual fixture.

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Summer Hummer was started by former Masterton Mayor Bob Francis in 1997 with the aim of hosting a music concert accessible to all members of the community.

One of the features of the event was the entrance fee of gold coins and the opportunity for high school bands and top regional artists to perform as well.

Over the next 13 years the event attracted some of New Zealand’s top bands including The Feelers, Zed, Fur Patrol, Goodshirt, Dave Dobbyn, Scribe and the Mutton Birds.

At its peak, they drew a crowd of 10,000.

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