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Old 02-01-11, 10:44 PM   #1
Brent McLeod
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Location: Auckland,New Zealand
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Default Auckland N.Z International Buskerfest 2011

Hi Guys-
Quick Review of this event

Just finished 5 days here at the 2011 International festival, now in its 11th year, Implimented by Nick Nickolas
Was a huge success with record crowds as we combined it again with Aucklands Anniversary Weekend holiday.


The festival is held in the main viaduct part of the CBD, with 1 pitch just off Queen St our main street.
Pitch 1 was Vulcan Lane that runs off the main street-Gets full very quick but the atmosphere it
creates for the acts is really amazing-the footpaths & the lane were usually blocked.

Pitch 2 is the newly refurbished Downtown area outside westfield mall -under shelter-Again large crowds
arrived prior to the acts beginning.

Pitch 3 was Princess wharf -right in front of the cruise ships but with shelter from a large shop
that kept the wind down a bit with the wharf & water nearby-again the largest crowds were here

Pitch 4 was Viaduct harbour right inder the massive Americas cup Yacht with shelter and as it
was right next to all the bars & seafood festival-again very large crowds waiting for next act...

Thurs Night was a circus showcase at the Classic Comedy club, thanks Scott- that went really well to a good crowd prior to opening shows on Friday

The Night shows were held in the seafood festival Marquee which finished an hour before our shows under shelter with a stage & tech crew etc
These were full both nights -we removed a few tables & squeezed in as many as we could-both night shows again
were full houses, the festival moved from last year & was a better venue as it was close to all the pitches


The following were the Acts that appeared

Sharon Mahoney (Canada)-Miss Canada & Miss Tallulah
Hilarious act with everyone learning more about Canada in this spot than in a lifetime-Go Canada was the catchphrase
and Miss Tallulah was all the men assistants Mama!!!-Also had 1 nutter whose well known here in a wheelchair
who has a massive chip on his shoulder interrupt her act but she handled it brilliantly..

Benny B- Australia-Great act -very Funny-Juggling, comedy & good ladder skills that always went down well with the crowd..
Very popular with the locals

USA BreakDancers- Wow what an act-A hilite with big crowds attending all the shows, dancing skills beyond the norm,
quite spectacular with good audience interaction, compere, Robot Dancer,funnyman was Julio Santiago, from New York..

Franktastico-UK/Italy-Very funny act with amazing Banjo & music & juggling & Unicyle..
Was again a very popular act with good crowds

The Space Cowboy- Chayne-What can you say about this world class act of 9ft Unicycle ,Blindfold juggling, sword swallowing
Bullwhipping & brillliant audience interaction -Hugely popular & was voted Peoples Choice award.. say no more

Damien Ryan-Australia-Another very funny act with Whips & comedy-very funny gags with a small toy dog,
as well as a neat guy to boot, his finale with 12 volunteers while they hold the rope he stands on juggling was hilarious...

Duke Dreamer-Dan Nimmo-Bizaerre Hilarious act with knives, Aeroplanes flying around his head, weird expressions & brilliant comedy
with a finale upa 10 foot pole on a cloud Mini Me...very popular

Hemlock-Australia- Very skillful act of acrobatics over people lying down while wearing a tight leather strapped outfit-was hilarious,
the finale of trampoling summersault over 3 people & grabbing a toy off the guys head-meant big hats-popular act

Mr Fungus-NZ-Fergus-Really funny act that the crowds enjoyed, very funny gags,that had the crowds roaring, great mime & balloons
as well as clever juggling-Fergus MC'D the night shows and was a real class act with humour & keeping the audience up for the acts
following-Did brilliant job behind the scenes ..

All in all very successful, Kudos to Pam & Cara from Crackerjack Promotions who run the event
Changes in venue were needed this year and it happened.
Night show was under cover-keep it that way
Auckland crowds really getting into it now - heard some hats were generous.
Had a couple of double bookings with the seafood festival band stage during the day as extra shows
but was sorted quickly.
No major problems except wheelchair angry dude busting in on 1 show but us a site supervisors sorted it real quick...

Festivals growing -Have some awesome photos, crowds & acts Ill upload soon as I recieve them from the promoters

Keep performing.........

Brent

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