Raglan Community Radio hits 25 on a high note

Raglan Community Radio is set to celebrate 25 years with a birthday bash at the Raglan Town Hall on Friday, November 1 from 7.30pm till late.

The all ages, one-night extravaganza with bands, DJs, international food, and an R18 bar will also be broadcast live over the 98.1fm airwaves.

Station manager Aaron Mooar says the birthday bash will be a huge night with the early bird tickets already sold out.

“Our birthday celebration is a big thank you to the community for their support over the last 25 years. There will be limited door sales so get your tickets online at Dash Tickets. It’s a great line-up of acts for just $10 which was about as cheap as we thought we could do it.”

Raglan’s favourite roots, rock, reggae band Lost Tribe Aotearoa who started their rise to fame in 2017 in Raglan, and have since released several singles, will be a crowd pleaser with their mix of skanking reggae, metal, rock and blues.

Local legends Mighty Mighty who recently released their single Buzz Shakes at the Yot Club will be sure to get the crowd on their feet with their Funkadelic sounds.

Station DJs will also be performing between sets, including the legendary. DJ Red Robin who hosts the Reggae Rodeo show with selections from the 70’s, 80’s,90s and today.

ULOs kitchen will be there selling their Japanese-fusion food and a R18 bar will be operating in the supper room with the main hall open to all ages.

Three young acts from Raglan Area School will also hit the stage for their chance to perform in front of an audience full of music-lovers.

Aaron had seen the three acts perform at the Raglan Area School music night and invited Merehia Hutchin, a regular busker at the Raglan Creative Market, Summer Morgan-Haugh who wrote a couple of great songs as part of her NCEA and five young musos in the band who were a real crowd favourite on the night.

“We wanted to use the event as an opportunity to give some young bands time on the stage in front of a large audience. We’re keen for the community to get down to the Town Hall early and show their support,” he says.

The date for the celebration was originally set for November 2 but a clash with another important event made the radio crew change dates to accommodate.

“We realised the Rugby World Cup Final was on that night – we figured they wouldn’t shift their event for us,” Aaron laughs.

Visit www.dashtickets.co.nz to purchase tickets, for more information visit Raglan Community Radio on Facebook or contact manager@raglanradio.com.  

Janine Jackson