Festival director Martin Hanley plays favourites with Kim Hill on RNZ

Our very own Martin Hanley was the star of Kim Hill’s Saturday morning show, playing some songs from past and present festival acts.

Director: Martin Hanley

On the 8th of February, Newtown Festival Director Martin Hanley was a guest on Kim Hill’s RNZ show. Invited on to play some of his favourite pieces of music, Martin shared stories from the very first festival in Carrara Park and gave insight into the huge effort the Festival team puts into running the Festival each year.

In addition to a couple of personal favourites, Martin shared songs from past festival headliners Mel Parsons and Upper Hutt Posse, and one of this year’s headliners Tiny Ruins.

Listen to the segment here on the RNZ website.

From RNZ: “Described as the biggest free music festival and street fair in the country, the one day Newtown Festival attracts 80,000 people to the lively south Wellington suburb every year. They go there to sample 185 live performances (including some of the biggest names in New Zealand music…and some acts you’ll never have heard of) and to mooch about at more than 400 stalls. Trying to impose some order on this potential chaos, and to wrangle nearly 500 staff (more than half of whom are volunteers) and over 700 performers, is Festival Director Martin Hanley. An architect by trade, he now devotes a large part of his working year to running the festival. And he’s been there from the outset, when it was a far more modest affair held at a nearby park, before it graduated to the wider suburb in 1997. Martin’s selection of music that means something to him includes Talking Heads, Pearl Jam, Tiny Ruins and the Upper Hutt Posse.”