Gig of the Week: Local acts front up for Haiti

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It’s not quite Live Aid but local group The Lynch Mob headline a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims tomorrow.

The family band joins other Wakatipu acts The Flaming Drivers, Eddie Ledderhead, The Skitzofrantiks, The GCs, The Vigilantes and Intergalactic Disco Movement for the free eight-hour music festival Rock 4 Haiti on the Village Green tomorrow.

Lynch Mob singer Emma Pullar says they had no qualms about signing up for the gig when asked by event organiser Glen Balfour.

“It’s fantastic to be involved with such a worthwhile cause,” she says. “I didn’t know much about Haiti prior to this tragedy but the media coverage compels you to do something.”

Pullar and her three brothers Ben, Nick and Tom Lynch make up the bulk of the band, augmented by drummer Marc Hamilton and his sister Stacey Scott.

The band was the brainchild of their father, entertainer Kevin Lynch, who died in November 2008
after a battle with cancer.

They performed their first gig at their local Arrowtown pub five years ago and have been playing the corporate and events market ever since.

To mark the first anniversary of their father’s death, the group performed the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon before a 500-strong crowd of locals.

Pullar says while they don’t have the full quota of band mates to do the entire Floyd show during this fundraiser, they’ll still include some of the hits and other rock classics.

From another Rock 4 Haiti act, guitarist and drummer Dan Leaf of The Vigilantes says every time they perform their music is always different.

“We’re a jam band and just make it up as we go along,” he says. “It’s a really fun way to play and we have so much freedom.”

The group will play a mix of dance, rock and dub – in no particular order – and are stoked to be part of tomorrow’s event.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to do our bit and give Queenstowners the chance to see us play,” Leaf says.

Drummer Dan Pugsley from Eddie Ledderhead is also pleased at playing the open-air gig.

“We’re looking forward to making a bit of money for the people in Haiti on a public stage,” he says. “It’s also going to be good fun showing locals and tourists our stuff.”

The money raised will be given to Red Cross. The music kicks off at 12.30pm.