This is a tribute to Peter Stapleton, the driving force behind Lines of Flight, who sadly died of cancer in March 2020. He has left a huge hole in the Dunedin and Aotearoa music community, but continues to be an inspiration to so many musicians and fans.
Thanks to everyone who has helped with the festivals, whether it be assisting with funding applications, lending musical equipment, helping with transport, setting up the spaces, problem solving technical difficulties, and general encouragement. Most importantly, we couldn’t have done it without the support of all the musicians, and the audiences who attended. I would like to personally thank Alice Bartlett for her tremendous support over the years, and I know Peter would similarly thank Cathy Helps.
Thanks also to all the photographers who have contributed photos to this article, including Markus Gradwohl, Fraser Thompson, Arron Clark, Andrew Long, Sheridan Dickson and especially to Kim Pieters, who has documented so many of the festivals in addition to providing and screening many of her own magical films.
In his last few days at the hospice, I spoke with Peter about Lines of Flight, and whether it should continue after his death. He gave his blessing for future festivals to happen, and so many people have since given offers of help and encouragement for a future iteration. So, watch this space.
Peter is a Dunedin-based musician and event organiser. He ran the biennial Lines of Flight experimental music festival with Peter Stapleton for many years, and has helped tour many international acts. He has played guitar in past bands including Lapdog, Pointsman, Empirical and Eye, and currently plays in Ghost Bells and A Dream is like a Magic Cloak.