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Music a Popular Distraction at Libraries - Media Release

Media Release Dunedin (Friday, 27 May 2011) - As the end of May approaches, so does the end of another very successful NZ Music Month programme for the Dunedin Public Libraries and There is growing evidence that Dunedin residents embrace something out of the ordinary among their bookshelves.

Live music has echoed along the aisles of the Dunedin Public Libraries for six years, thanks to the successful collaboration with, which uses its contacts to bring the musicians together.

The increasing numbers of people attending free performances at the City Library are encouraging, with the Gig Nights alone seeing an average of 66 audience members every Thursday night - almost a 30% increase in 2010 attendance figures. Similarly, demand from musicians to perform is on the rise, with a waiting list for slots already forming for 2012.

"We are thrilled that so many are coming to the libraries to celebrate NZ Music Month. It goes to show that libraries are growing in popularity as a place to socialise and be entertained," says DPL Marketing Co-ordinator, Lynette Hartgill.

Community libraries have been enjoying a similar trend, with up to 100 people coming to listen to a NZ Music Month performance.

This year, the calibre of the musicians was exceptional, with familiar names such as Julian Temple, Black Boy Peaches, Honeybone and Death by Silo all playing as part of the Gig Night programme in the City Library.

The community libraries were in on the act too. Mosgiel Library has great appeal for their local school choirs; Blueskin Bay Library brought the Waitati Ukelele Orchestra into their Art Gallery, and Dunedin musicians such as Dierdre Newall, Robert Scott and Leo Ladell performed to appreciative audiences at the Port Chalmers and Waikouaiti Libraries.

The City Library will celebrate the end of the month with a Gig Night on Tuesday 31 May from 5.30pm, with Logan Valentine, Ash and the Matadors and Robert Scott performing.

For information
Lynette Hartgill
Marketing Co-ordinator
Dunedin Public Libraries
Phone 03 474 3419
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