Lakeside Concerts since 1997
Thanks to Rotorua's Ian Edward, Monty Morrison and others, residents and visitors alike look forward every summer to the free open-air concert and extravaganza of entertainment. Monty Morrison did an epic job as the event director from it's inception in 1997 to 2014.
Top New Zealand performers and local celebrities have kept us entertained, such as Dame Malvina Major, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Howard Morrison, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Morrison Quartet, Frankie Stevens, John Rowles, Eddie Low, Tina Cross, Annie Crummer, Midge Marsden, Jackie Clarke, The Lady Killers, Tim Beveridge, Che Fu, Stan Walker, Candy Lane Dancers, Sol3 Mio, Jason Kerrison and the list goes on...
We have such a talented and generous group of people every year that make Lakeside an event one not to miss.
To welcome the many performers each year is local kapa haka groups who do Rotorua proud.
Each year a different charity benefits from the generosity of the crowd. The crowd averages 30,000 so getting there early is essential and bringing your family, a picnic or money to purchase food from the food caravans, bug repellent, a comfortable seat and a blanket and you are all set to enjoy the evening to it's fullest, and to top the evening off, awesome and spectacular fireworks!.
Part of the concert each year is devoted to young and upcoming singers, musicians and performers. Here is just a few, Lizzie Marvelly, Elisha Fulton, Michael Murphy, Alayna Powley, Ainslee Allen, Turanga Merito, Ben Lummis, Rosita Vai, Nik Carlson, Hayley Westenra, Ben Hakaraia and more.
Just a few of the theme's are : Spirit's will soar, Heart & Soul, Encore great moments in music, A Touch of Class, Best of the Best, Hollywood goes to Vegas, The Bold, the Blind & the Beautiful, When Love comes to Town, You ain't seen nothing yet, Made in NZ and this year "Whenua #it's abouthome.
See the official website for awesome photographs and memories of past concerts.