Lakeside entertainment

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Shaking up the scene is the aim of a new Wanaka entertainment group.

Called Guerrilla Gigs, the group of about 13 locals hopes to encourage the staging of a wide range of entertainment on the waterfront.

Spokesman Scott Stembridge said the group was planning a series of ‘‘pop-up’’ gigs through March and April at the grassy space on the lake shore opposite the Wanaka Skateboard Park on Ardmore St.

‘‘Basically the aim is to showcase a variety of local talent.’’

The aim is to keep the scope of activities wide-ranging. Anything from music, comedy, talks, workshops and outdoor movie screenings.

‘‘It is really just to facilitate a bit more culture .’’

By visiting guerrillagigs.nz members of the community can submit ideas or sign up to be contacted by text or email when events were planned.

‘‘At the moment we are initiating some gigs just to get some momentum and create a bit of awareness around the space.’’

Their first event, last Friday, featured rock band Better Than Nothing, singer Daisy Orbell and beat-maker Oskie.

The group hopes to talk to the Queenstown Lakes District Council about the possibility of having a platform at the site. ‘

‘The aim there is basically to make that space for live performance, in whatever shape or form that looks like, to encourage people to get out a bit more,’’ Mr Stembridge said.