Sam Verlinden recently attended and performed in the Parachute Festival held in Hamilton, New Zealand on Jan 28th â€“ 31st. Â Not only did Sam and his good friend Hannah Elley capture the attention of the crowd but also captured:
Best Debut Artist of Parachute 2011
which awarded them a command performance on the main stage the last day of the event.
Recently, I wrote to Sam and asked him to present us with a behind the scene, blow by blow summary of this yearâ€™s festival. He graciously sent me the following report which exceeded last yearâ€™s experience in many wonderful ways!
Our 2011 Parachute Adventure by: Sam Verlinden
Our Parachute experience actually started back in Jan 2010 when we attended our very first Parachute. Having heard so much about it over the years we decided to sign up for the rock fest weekend. Traveling with my good friend Hannah and her family, we camped out in tents, caravans, airbeds, and the works.Â It was so awesome; we caught the bug to do it again!
Hannah and I both entered â€œParachute Got Talentâ€ for some fun. I was happy to get through to the final where I placed runner up.Â Following this, I couldnâ€™t walk down the street without being hugged or high-fived or asked for an autograph â€“ it was great!!
Anyway, later that year as we watched the Parachute Website start to populate with plans for the 2011 event, we decided to audition for the Best Debut Artist stage.Â We pulled together a marketing plan and sent it through.Â To our delight we were accepted and invited to perform a 30 minute set on the Debut Artist Stage, â€œApolloâ€.