Gig in the Gardens celebrates 20-years

THE Glenorchy Youth Task Force (GYTF) is gearing up to host its annual Gig in the Gardens celebration – an event that has now been running for longer than many of the members have been alive.

The 20th anniversary event will be held from 11am-3pm on Thursday 14 December on the Glenorchy City Council lawns.

Fifteen bands will perform throughout the day, six of which will be making their debut at the event.

Bands will be a mix of previous performers, professional performers and school groups.

Returning for their fifth performance will be Hobart based duo Nikayla and Sean, who now play regularly around venues in Hobart.

GYTF member Dakoda Leary, 19, said as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, the event would also welcome back a heavy metal band that first performed in 2003.

“This event gives young people something to do during the day and it’s a good way to showcase youth talent,” he said.

“It’s exciting as all the old bands are coming, so it should be good.”

GYTF members are involved in all facets of the event such as setting up, acting as stage and site managers, meeting and greeting bands and guests, photography and manning the task force tent.

Sixteen-year-old Connor Clark said this was his first time being a site manager.

“I’m nervous as I’ve never done it before, but I guess I’ll learn and then I’ll know what I’m doing for future events,” he said.

“I’ll need to be meeting acts, make sure bands don’t run over time, make sure they know when their time slots are and just keep things running on time.”

The task force is facilitated by Glenorchy City Council and is made up of 17 youth members.

Caption: Duo Nikayla and Sean performing at the 2016 Gig in the Gardens event.

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