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4th Annual Hamilton Circle Jerk

4th Annual Hamilton Circle Jerk

Hamilton barely measures a sonic blip on the radar when it comes to the official self-congratulatory festivities of New Zealand Music Month. But since 2005, local musicians and their supporters have taken it upon themselves to come together for an annual rogue celebration facetiously titled 'Hamilton Circle Jerk'. The fourth annual Circle Jerk features a whopping fifteen local acts, performing short sets covering Hamilton band's material as well as playing a track of their own.

The event showcases a mish-mash of styles and acts, from long-time staples of the music scene to relative newcomers. Jangly genre-bending song smiths The Shrugs, legendary ukulele based folk entertainers Big Muffin Serious Band, as well as talent-laden rockers Rumpus Room, play alongside fresher faces including frantic noise merchants Damsels and The Sheriffs, plus the supremely gifted avant hip-hop artist One Fat Man amongst many others.

Such an all encompassing event does lend itself to allowing for tenuous links – Ex-Hamiltonian Thom Burton's (Yokel Ono) current project Wilberforces are on the bill, as is the former Sneaky Feelings lead-singer and recent resident to Hamilton, Matthew Bannister. But as one of this years coordinator's Richard Swainson mentions 'the some what tongue in cheek name would indicate that neither organisers nor musicians are taking themselves too seriously - The Circle Jerk is really about showcasing a wide array of styles and performers."

Contact fm and Auteur House with support from Hamilton Community Arts Council and Mammoth Presents…

Hamilton’s 4th Annual Circle Jerk 2008 - Saturday 31st May
From 8:30 pm - $10 entry
Featuring covers and originals from fifteen acts including:
The Shrugs, Rumpus Room, Wilberforces, Matthew Bannister, Big Muffin Serious Band, Johnny Fist and The Supple Wrists, Damsels, Ministry of Hypocrisy, One Fat Man, Mark Tupuhi, Doteyes, Dynamo Go, DJ Handbrake, The Stevie Ray, Cream, Hendrix and Snoop Dogg Experience, The Sheriffs.

Written by Shane and Richard….. Mammoth, Auteur House

Photo of The Shrugs courtesy of Petra Jane – - The party paparazzi
This project funded through the Creative Communities New Zealand Scheme


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