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OdESSA Win Live and Local

OdESSA Win Live and Local

Wellington 4 piece, OdESSA, have taken out the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Live and Local competition at to win the opening slot at the 2006 Big Day Out. In addition to the gig OdESSA will receive a day’s recording at Auckland’s York Street Studios.

The competition was open to public vote for 39 days and saw over 25,000 votes cast. OdESSA won by a narrow margin from Auckland bands, Battle Circus and Tahuna Breaks.

OdESSA front man, Mathew Pender said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to win the Live and Local competition and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. Playing at the Big Day Out and sharing the bill with acts like Iggy and the Stooges and the White Stripes is a dream come true.”

For a limited time the top 7 bands in the Live and Local competition have made their nominated competition tracks available for free download from


OdESSA have earned a reputation for the phenomenal live performance of their own Garage-RnB Pop Rock and have become firmly established as one of Wellington’s most exciting live bands. Their debut album, Oak Park Avenue, was released in October 2005 and reached #2 on the RIANZ Heat Seekers Chart and #8 on the IMNZ Indies Chart.

Recent live performances have seen OdESSA performing for the 25,000+ people gathered at the red carpet for the NZ premiere of King Kong as well as playing support for touring American band Electric 6.


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