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Anything Could Happen: Strange Echoes of the Dunedin Sound


Fri 17 Mar 2017, 8:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 18 Mar 2017, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Octagon Club, 9 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $5.12 ($5.00 + $0.12 fees)
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Listed by: Dunedin Fringe

Please note: times & dates for this event have changed. The latest updated schedule & line-up is now as follows:

Fri 17th March:
8 pm - Doors open.
8:30 pm - Abby Wolfe + Painted Blind.
9:05 pm - Alastair Galbraith (via telephone) + Abe Baillie.
9:40 pm - Robert Scott + Mike McLeod.
10:15 pm - Special Guests (Shayne P. Carter + Martin Phillipps).

Dunedin Sound Karaoke Party to follow.

Sat 18th March:
8 pm - Doors open.
8:30 pm - Abby Wolfe.
9:05 pm - Francisca Griffin + Beth Lynch.
9:40 pm - Graeme Downes + Molly Devine.
10:15 pm - Special Guests (Martin Phillipps + Samuel Bing).

Dunedin Sound Karaoke Party to follow.

Panel Discussion - Saturday 18th March - Koha, 4 pm. With Ian Chapman, Graeme Downes, Francisca Griffin, Ciaran McMeeken, Abby Wolfe, and Amanda Mills.

Back in a time before instant, easy access to music—when a fan might read about a record months or even years before hearing it—the gloriously idiosyncratic music of a small city in New Zealand managed to make itself heard around the world. From Los Angeles to London to Lisbon, those who were lucky enough to hear 'It Was Raining' by the Verlaines or 'Pink Frost' by the Chills in the early 1980s were immediately struck by a sound at once familiar and exotic; minimalist yet richly textured; avant garde but catchy as hell. This was the Dunedin Sound.

We will transform The Octagon Club into a playful recreation of Roy Colbert's legendary Records Records, where the legacy of the Dunedin Sound will be reimagined and interrogated. We are very pleased to feature performances by Graeme Downes, Robert Scott, Francisca Griffin, Alastair Galbraith, Ciaran McMeeken, and Abby Wolfe. Connecting the dots between past and present, some of these performances will be collaborations with Dunedin's talented local high school musicians.

We're also thrilled to announce the world's first-ever Dunedin Sound Karaoke Party. We have commissioned artists and producers from Dunedin and Los Angeles to create custom karaoke tracks just for this occasion. Visitors should come ready to sing their favourite songs by The Clean, Straitjacket Fits, Look Blue Go Purple, The Bats, and more.

In addition, there will be satellite events at Machine Project and KCHUNG Radio in Los Angeles, California. Visitors to our Dunedin space are invited to bring along their favorite old cassettes and participate in Andrea McSweeney’s ongoing Mixtape Portrait Gallery.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the DCC and the Urban Dream Brokerage.

Please note that this is an alcohol free event. The Octagon Club is not operating as a licensed venue during this event.

For any further info please contact Adam Goldman:

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