Sunday, 20 May 2012

Kiwi Bandwagon

I confess I am one of those people who occasionally complain about the lack of things to do in Hamilton on weeknights. That’s why I had to be there on a Tuesday night at House Bar where the Kiwi Bandwagon event took place.

All I knew was that there was going to be a fire truck and a group of guys called the Adventure Artists who are travelling around the country to bring the best local artists or NZ music month. I was definitely not prepared to rage. It was, after all, just a Tuesday night.

The first act was the up-and-coming band called The Latest Fallout. Although it was only their first ever gig, they already had a few fans among the crowd. Their set was a great opening to the show and it set the mood for the night. Not bad for a first gig.

Next up was a band that played another energetic set. If there was one thing that stood out about the Chatchy, it’s that their songs are pretty catchy. The seven-piece band even had a trombone and saxophone player (I overheard some girls behind me yell “sexy sax” a few times) that gave the band a distinct sound.

The last to perform for the night was Knights of the Dub Table. They had the crowd enthralled the moment they stepped on stage, and their whole set just flowed with ease. Clearly experts in getting the audience to participate, I found myself getting up to dance in one of their songs.

Aside from the bands that performed, the best dj’s Hamilton has to offer was also in attendance. I especially liked the way the whole program was patterned with bands performing followed by dj’s.

It was a great night spent with fellow music lovers. NZ music month is something that is really to be celebrated (The Black Seeds on May 30th at Altitude and Flow Bar’s Birthday on June 2 is something to look forward too as well) judging from the talents we have. If only the Kiwi Bandwagon would come back around again. I am keen for another Tuesday night adventure.

Kiwi Bandwagon review as published in the latest issue of Nexus Magazine. You can view it here. Also below is a video from the night!

Things are a bit quiet on the blog lately but that is about to change! Have a great week everyone x

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