Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Musicians support artistic freedom


Off Key

Musicians support artistic freedom


Wellington musicians are banding together to support artistic freedom and will perform at Cuba Street venue San Fran on Sunday afternoon 14 September. This concert, Off Key, protests the New Zealand Electoral Commission’s view that satirical song and video Planet Key is an “election programme” and an “election advertisement”. Funds raised from the event will go towards the cost of challenging this opinion in Court.

In early August renowned blues musician Darren Watson released his original song Planet Key, a satirical take on New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s own description of what a ‘Planet Key’ would look like.Planet Key went viral on the internet, accompanied by a video created by Jeremy Jones from Propeller Motion, depicting John Key set amongst a range of hot political topics.

The song reached number 5 on the NZ Top Twenty Singles Chart but, rather than face potential prosecution if referred to the police by the Electoral Commission, Watson and Jones removed it and the video from the internet. This includes iTunes where they were selling the song to recoup production costs.

However, the pair aren't giving up without a fight. They have a hearing at the High Court on Thursday 11 September to challenge the Electoral Commission’s opinion. Local musicians have organised Off Key to help raise funds to cover Darren Watson and Jeremy Jones' costs to take the case to court.

LINE-UP
Darren Watson will kick the show off with a solo set then hand the stage over to a line-up of musicians that promise something for everyone, ranging from funk, soul, rock, blues, hip hop to pop. Bands like Neverwoz, Bikini Roulette, The Spines, the Julie Lamb Band, Sophie and the Realistic Expectations are all volunteering for the cause. Jeremy Jones' band Bump'n Ugly are even reforming to perform a short set.

After the live bands finish around 8.00pm, DJ Simon Sweetman will spin some discs for people wanting to party on.

EVENT SUPPORTERS
Many music industry behind-the-scene businesses are also lending a helping hand. Off Key supporters include San Fran, Tymar Lighting, Yeastie Boys, Smart Arts and Phantom Bill Stickers.

What: Off Key: Concert for artistic freedom
Darren Watson The Spines, Bikini Roulette, Neverwoz, Bump'n Ugly, Julie Lamb Band, Sophie and the Realistic Expectations, Simon Sweetman (DJ)
When: Sunday 14 September 2014, Bands 4-8pm, DJ until 9pm
Where: San Fran, 171 Cuba Street, Wellington
Tickets: $10 door sales

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news