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Southern Amp Digs The Dirt

Media release 15th October

Southern Amp Digs The Dirt With Less Than 4 Weeks To Go!

With less than a month left until Southern Amp 08 brings the South Island to life with the biggest (unintentional) Election after-party in the country, boring people are vacantly blobbing out watching and listening to endless pre-election non-promises of our tedious major party leaders, the global financial crisis shouts never-ending doom & gloom every day for the rest of our lives, banks and currencies crumble, world leaders smile and shake hands while Iceland melts both physically and financially, and on top of that we’ve got to endure the farce and fanfare of the Presidential elections in America as well... Are we over it yet, give us the good news PLEASE! Ok here’s something, beer is now cheaper than cheese, fuel is cheaper than beer and water will be FREE at Southern Amp. Vote for live music, lots of it, and get down to Southern Amp in Christchurch because we will keep our promise and can announce the latest additions to the already massive line-up.

DIRT – aka Daniel Urquhart – aka The Rhymestone Cowboy

From back country to backstage in true Southern style, Ashburton Bachelor of the Year and fifth generation high country shepherd Daniel Urquhart is also a rapper called ‘DIRT’ – no ordinary rapper though, kind of like a cross between The Man From Snowy River and Eminem… Beamed into countless thousands of homes through TVNZ’s 20/20 program recently, Daniel practices his unique urban sound, atop his trusty steed to crowds of between one and one thousand ‘sheep’ but he's about to take his talents to the mass public for the very first time on the Christchurch Music Stage as Southern Amp gives Dirt his first major break in the unlikeliest of industries. "My homies are my dogs" - Dirt must be the only rapper in the world that can actually mean that literally! Something not to be missed… Google “Rhymestone Cowboy 20/20” and see for yourself. Respect!
AUDIO EMPIRE – After a nationwide band search via The Rock’s Advanced Warning Show and MySpace KiwiHub, Audio Empire beat out over 140 other bands to score the coveted opening slot on the Main Stage at Southern Amp 08 to open for the likes of Seether, The Dandy Warhols, The Living End and loads of other rock heavyweights – and they deserve to be there!. Having just released their self-titled debut album of unadulterated rock covering a spectrum of emotions and styles, the Auckland-based band can use Southern Amp to expand on their success to date in the NZ rock scene.

THE KLAP – Getting back to the land, urban cowboys, The Klap recently took home the much-lauded ‘Midget Guitar Of Glory’ as the Champions for 2008 RDU Round Up competition at the Dux de Lux with their intense live performance of alt-country polka genre-bending drinking music, the perfect mix! Trumpets, one string slide guitars, accordions, banjoes and earthy vocals drew a huge crowd response and ultimately the judges votes. Following in the footsteps of previous winners like Tiger Tones, Bang! Bang! Eche! and The Undercurrents, their prize includes a slot on the CHART/RDU Christchurch Music Stage at Southern Amp which ALWAYS leads to good things…

DJ INSOMNIAC – aka Willy Privett has been mixing for over 10 years and took out the Decknology 2008 DJ title recently. With Willy's mixing work on display via live TV feed and fat beats he will bring the house down when he opens the Ministry of Sound Stage at Southern Amp

Lotto Powerball is up to $30 million as well, so if you win it this week you can take EVERYONE you know to the biggest live music festival in the South for a total no holds barred 12-hour non-stop blow-out! You won’t have as much unadulterated fun anywhere else in the country on Sunday 9th November. Visit www.southernamp.co.nz for all details and watch this space for site maps and final bands schedules on each stage next week.

SOUTHERN AMP 08 – THE FULL LINE-UP
SEETHER (US), THE LIVING END (AUS), THE DANDY WARHOLS (US), TIKI, THE CHARLATANS (UK), GYROSCOPE (AUS), THE POTBELLEEZ (AUS), TESTAMENT (US), THE JORDAN LUCK BAND, CONCORD DAWN, STATE OF MIND, DJ GOODWILL (AUS), AUTOZAMM, GOODNIGHT NURSE, DIMMER, LITTLE BUSHMAN, FUR PATROL, DIE! DIE! DIE!, THE VALVES, PITCH BLACK, THE ASTON SHUFFLE (AUS), CLAP CLAP RIOT, TIGER TONES, TAINTED, MIDNIGHT YOUTH, CAIRO KNIFE FIGHT, THE EXILES, GENERAL LEE, MINISNAP, OAKLEY ‘OG’ GRENELL, LINDON PUFFIN, AUDIO EMPIRE, HERA, THE L.E.D.s, THE EASTERN, THE DECEIVERS, ED MUZIK, THE KLAP, DIRT, ANNEKA THWAITES, DJ INSOMNIAC

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