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27 Sep Update: The finalists have been announced!

This Saturday, one lucky lucky band will win a prize pack worth over 250 million (Zimbabwean) dollars. AND their name will be on the Midget Guitar of Glory!

This can only be the Dux-de-Lux RounDUp 2005 Final!

From over fifty entrants, the finalists have been selected,  the oversize cheque has been printed, Judges are being flown in from Auckland, we just need to score a supply of ah “cut flowers”.  Actually, if anyone has any good connections, can you give us a call?

The Finalists for October the 1st are:
The New Originals
The Undercurents
House of Dolls
Add to this, Happy Palace as  “Spanky’s Wildcard” 

RDU is also proud to announce the Judges for the 2005 final:

Ben Howe- Ben is Label Manager for Auckland based Arch Hill Records and member of Superette and Fang.

Steve Newall (NZ Music Industry Commission)- Steve oversees communications for the NZMIC in Auckland as well as being involved in the management of key NZMIC events throughout the year, including Resonate, the NZMIC prescence at South by Southwest Festival and the Pacific Music Awards.

Switch (Tristan Roake)– Switch won the 2005 New Zealand Heineken Found @ Thirst competiton, won his semi-final at Womb in Tokyo, Japan and came second in the Asia/Pacific region in the final in Bangkok. Switch also hosts Christchurch’s premier DnB radio show ‘Urban Notion’ on Saturday nights on RDU.

Kaye Woodward- Kaye is one of Christchurch’s best and longest serving musicians, playing guitar for The Bats and as singer/songwriter for Minisnap.

Hat- Hat is RDU’s Station Manager and former conspirator at Flying Nun, FMR and bFM.

The Semi Finalists have been announced!

The full list of semi finalists can be found here.

The Dux-de-Lux RounDUp 2005

Anyone who has anything to do with the local music scene, be it musicians or general punters, will tell you that Christchurch is home to some of the best live music in New Zealand, and what better way to see just how healthy the southern music industry is than by holding a great big  band competition.

2005 will be the Dux-de-Lux Roundup’s fourth year running. The event is organised by RDU in association with Christchurch’s finest and longest running local music venue and supporter, the Dux-de-Lux.

What do we get when we win the Dux-de-Lux RounDUp 2005? This year, RDU and the Du-de-Lux are going all out to provide the winner one of the best publicity packs available. You will be on TV, in Magazines, have articles written about you, get bios and press releases professionally written, you will have a photo session and you will be surely recognised on the street.

If you havent guessed already, the winner of the Dux-de-Lux RounDUp 2005 will receive as much promotion as we can buy, beg, borrow and scrape together, and we have to admit, that its looking pretty grand already.

All of this on top of the recording, CD pressing, artwork, printing, postering and gigs that you have come to expect as part of the Dux-de-Lux RounDUp prize pack in the past.

We have some fantastic supporters in 2005. RDU loves Phantom Billstickers, Media Technology, Avalanche Studios, The Photographer, FMR, Juice TV  and Jim Beam. These are the supporters who make this the band competiton that every bedroom band and artist will want to be part of again and again. We hope you support them like we do.

The entry form is out there. Go to the Dux-de-Lux , a local music supporter or  to www.rdu.org.nz. Entries close August the 31st.

Important Information

  • Entries close 31 August 2005- First in first served
  • Entry forms from www.rdu.org.nz, the Dux-de-Lux and elsewhere around town
  • Heats are on September 10 and 11 at the Dux-de-Lux and you only need one song to enter
  • Semi Finals (16 bands) are on 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd of September
  • The final will be held on October 1st


Prizes so far include:

  • Recording a promotional single with Avalanche Studios and production with Failsafe records
  • Pressing 500 promotional CDs from Media Technology
  • Printing 500 CD inserts and 500 posters for the CD with Corporate Print and Copy
  • A fully paid promotional CD release gig at the Dux-de-Lux on November 19
  • $600 postering credit with Phantom Billstickers for the release of the promotional CD
  • $800 Advertising credit on RDU for the Dux-de-Lux gig
  • TV time from Juice TV
  • Inclusion in RDU ads in the music mags
  • A web page hosted for 6 months from the RDU site
  • A bio and press pack prepared by FMR
  • A photographic session with The Photographer
  • CD and poster art work prepared by Max from the Graphic Arts Department of the School of Fine Arts
  • New band feature in RIU and NZ Musician
  • A New Years Eve slot at the Dux-de-Lux
  • A Real Groovy instore on November 18
  • $1000 worth of legal advice from Dominion Law through the NZ Music Industry Commission's free legal advice service (0800 469 642)
  • A mentoring session with the NZ Music Industry Commission
  • A meeting with publicist Gerard Black from Glass Tower
  • A print run of t-shirts from Coastal Print
  • A music video made for your single by Gorilla Pictures
  • The opportunity for b-net playlisting for your single through RDU.

For more information, head over to www.rdu.org.nz


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