Doing the Newtown Shuffle once more
Like many festivals and events last year, Newtown was cancelled due to COVID – so it was completely brilliant to be back again in 2023.
With Tim as our director, our drummers and dancers did the Newtown Shuffle through the streets of our favourite inner-city suburb – and we (and the crowds) couldn’t have been happier.
We finished at the Constable Street stage by doing a mash-up with the very wonderful Hoot’n’Annies – a bunch of whom are also members of Wellington Batucada – it was a family affair!
What an excellent day – and the Weather Gods were amazing. About 10 minutes after we finished performing and had wandered back through the streets to our Green Room – the heavens opened and it absolutely poured down. If we’d done our usual random carry-on-playing-for-a-bit after the mashup, we’d have been soaked. But we didn’t, so we weren’t! Hooray!
Photos by Chris McKeown and Tom Etuata. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version: