Regular event-goers will notice a change when Lakeside celebrates its 20th show on Saturday - with the venue layout altered so the stage is in a different place.
The stage for Lakeside will be diagonally opposite where it normally was, in the corner by the old Pizza Hut.
Organiser Ian Edward said the change was partly due to logistical reasons, but also to give the concert a fresh feeling this year.
Mr Edward said the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra would be setting up in the afternoon and the valuable instruments couldn't be left onstage in the direct afternoon sun, so the decision had been made to move the stage.
He said it would also contribute to a different feeling this year with all eyes looking in a different direction. He has also made the decision to house the VIP area onsite, which organisers hadn't done since the beginning of the Lakeside event. The VIP hospitality area will be in a tent at the Village Green.
Image 1 of 18: Rotorua's Lakeside 2003 "The best of the Best" saturday night on the village green.John Rowles belting out some of the old favourites. PHOTO BY TRACEY SCOTT DAILY POST NZH 16sep04 - HBT 21sep06 - NZH 3oct08 - Image 2 of 18: 040206sp1 NZ Idol Rosita Vai performs with Sir Howard Morrison at the Lakeside 2006 concert in Rotorua. 4 February 2006 Daily Post Photograph by Stephen Parker ROT 6feb06 - 040206sp1 NZ IDOL Rosita Vai and Rotorua's favourite son Sir Howard Morrison salute their class act. The pair's performance was one of the highlights of Saturday night's Rotorua's Lakeside 2006 - A Touch of Class. PICTURE: STEPHEN PARKER ROT 2feb08 - Image 3 of 18: 040206sp5 Fireworks at Lakeside 2006 concert in Rotorua. 4 February 2006 Daily Post Photograph by Stephen Parker NZH 23oct06 - EXPLOSIVE: Only 23 per cent of New Zealanders watch public displays such as this one at Rotorua. ROT 2feb08 - Image 4 of 18: 040206sp9 Shane Cortese, left, and Chet O'Connell perform a rock and roll medley. Lakeside 2006 concert in Rotorua. 4 February 2006 Daily Post Photograph by Stephen Parker Image 5 of 18: 090313sp9 Lakeside 2013. 09 March 2013 Daily Post photograph by Stephen Parker DPM 11Mar13 - Image 6 of 18: 090313sp12 Lakeside 2013. 09 March 2013 Daily Post photograph by Stephen Parker Image 7 of 18: 100208bf9 People enjoying Lakeside 2008 "Make Mine Music" 10 February 2008 Daily Post Photograph by Ben Fraser Image 8 of 18: Francis Kora from the Modern Maori Quartet performing at the Rotorua Lakeside Concert. 22 February 2015 Rotorua Daily Post photograph by Ben Fraser. RGP 23Feb15 - ALL SMILES: Whakatane local Francis Kora from the Modern Maori Quartet. Image 9 of 18: Lukas Wharekura from the local band, Strangely Arousing, performing at the Rotorua Lakeside Concert. 22 February 2015 Rotorua Daily Post photograph by Ben Fraser. RGP 27Mar15 - ON STAGE: Rotorua's own Strangely Arousing will take to the stage for the Crankworx Bikes and Beats concerts this weekend. PHOTO/FILE RGP 29Jun15 - Image 10 of 18: 230111bf9 Lakeside 2011. Jackie Clarke, left, and Elizabeth Marvelly 23 January 2011 Daily Post Photograph by Ben Fraser Image 11 of 18: 230214sp20 From left, Frankie Stevens, Eddie Low and John Rowles. Lakeside 2014. 23 February 2014 Daily Post photograph by Stephen Parker DPM 24Feb14 - TRIO: Frankie Stevens, (left) Eddie Low and John Rowles performed at Saturday's Lakeside concert. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER 230214SP20 DPM 26Feb14 - VETERANS: Frankie Stevens, Eddie Lowe and John Rowles on stage on Saturday night as part of The Bald, The Blind and The Beautiful Lakeside 2014 show. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER 230214SP20 Image 12 of 18: 230214sp25 Lakeside 2014. 23 February 2014 Daily Post photograph by Stephen Parker DPM 25Feb14 - TAKE A BOW: Rotorua's Lakeside concerts are highly professional and smooth-running events. PHOTO/STEPHEN PARKER 230214SP25 RGP 26Jul14 - FIRST UP: The Volcanic Playground at the Rotorua Lakefront was the first project funded by the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. CONTINUED: The trust has continually supported Rotorua's yearly summer extravaganza, the Lakeside concert. HEALTH: Rotorua Hospital's MRI scanner was made possible after a donation of $1.5 million. PHOTOS/FILE RGP 30Aug14 - BOOST: Lakeside 2014 raised $8000 for Te Whakapono Health Trust. PHOTO/FILE RGP 20Feb15 - LAKESIDE SHOW: The Night Fantastic is certain to attract big crowds tomorrow night. PHOTO/FILE RGP 21Feb15 - RGP 13Feb16 - SPECTACULAR: Lakeside 2014 in action. FILE/PHOTO Image 13 of 18: 310104kt1. Lakeside "Viva Las Vegas" finale. PICTURE: KELVIN TEIXEIRA. ROT 4feb06 - Image 14 of 18: Lakeside concert view from rooftop of Novotel hotel. PICTURE BY KELVIN TEIXEIRA - THE DAILY POST. Image 15 of 18: 310104kt8. Candy Lane dancers at Lakeside. PICTURE BY KELVIN TEIXEIRA. ROT 4feb06 - Image 16 of 18: 310110bf9 Lakeside 2010 Hollywood Goes to Vegas. 31 January 2010 Daily Post Photograph by Ben Fraser RWE 05Feb10 - KEEPING DRY: Concert goers keep themselves under cover as the rain starts to come down, during the welcoming of the performers at Lakeside. 310110bf11 Image 17 of 18: 310110bf12 Lakeside 2010 Hollywood Goes to Vegas. Australian Idol Stan Walker peforms 31 January 2010 Daily Post Photograph by Ben Fraser RDP 15Jan11 - LOCAL HERO: Whakatane boy and Australian Idol winner Stan Walker is performing in Rotorua in February. PICTURE / FILE A _ 310110BF12WARRIORS: Manu Vatuvei and the Warriors are playing a pre-season match in Rotorua and an NRL fixture in Taupo this year. PICTURE / A _ 150810NZHRGRGLEAGUE01 RDP 24Feb11 - STAR POWER: Kiwi pop star Stan Walker will perform at the Energy Events Centre this Saturday. RTA 25Feb11 - A_310110bf12 ROTORUA BOUND: Kiwi pop star Stan Walker will perform at the Energy Events Centre on Saturday. PICTURE: FILE RDP 09Jun12 - LAKESIDE: The annual Lakeside concert in 2010 featured Kiwi pop star Stan Walker. PHOTO/FILE RAGGAMUFFIN: The Raggamuffin festival is a successful event held annually in Rotorua. PHOTO/FILE UB40: Fans packed the Rotorua International Stadium for their concert in 2006.TOGETHER: Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts and Rotorua's Elizabeth Marvelly performed together in Rotorua. RDP 13Nov12 - JUDGE: Stan Walker when he performed in Rotorua as part of Lakeside 2010. He will be a judge on X-Factor NZ. PHOTOS/FILE Image 18 of 18:
Image 1 of 18: Rotorua's Lakeside 2003 "The best of the Best" saturday night on the village green.John Rowles belting out some of the old favourites. PHOTO BY TRACEY SCOTT DAILY POST NZH 16sep04 - HBT 21sep06 - NZH 3oct08 -
Another change will see Pokarekare Ana sung before the fireworks, with the fireworks set to go off to 1812 Overture performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Mr Edward said while traditionally Pokarekare Ana was the finale, the drama of the 1812 Overture fitted well with the "big bangs" they had planned as part of the fireworks display.
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MC Russell Harrison said it was a privilege to perform the role in such a longstanding event. This year's concert is going back to its roots with a full orchestra and some of New Zealand's top opera stars. One of the major attractions is the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, which performed at the first concert, while Simon O'Neill, who also performed at the first concert, will be returning.
Symphony - The 20th Lakeside Concert:
* Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Guy Noble
* With opera stars Simon O'Neill, Anna Leese and Elisha Hulton
* Also featuring Jackie Clarke, the Dust Palace Circus and the Edward Brothers
* Artistic director - Rotorua's Tim Beveridge
* Free entry