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Music News - Punk It Up V - More Additions to Line-up Announced

Punk It Up V - More Additions to Line-up Announced

02 March 2020 - 0 Comments

Punk It Up are very proud to announce more additions to the already stunning lineup for Punk It Up V. Kicking off New Zealand Music Month with a bang on Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2, at the birthplace of New Zealand punk rock, Zwines (The Bluestone Room in AKL's CBD), PIU V promises to deliver not one, but two excellent punk rock'n'roll nights that are not to be missed.

Drum roll please......

The PIU V crew are hella happy to welcome to the fold The Plague, one of New Zealand's first ever punk bands, featuring members of Blam Blam Blam, Pop Mechanix and The Swingers, The Plague are yet another act getting it together specially to play at these 2 evenings of classic and current bands across the Kiwi Punk years.

Wikipedia describes them as such: The Plague was a New Zealand theatrical punk/art rock band that existed from 1977 to 1979, and was led by Richard von Sturmer. Their most famous performance was at the Nambassa Music Festival in 1979 and they recorded four tracks for the Infectious EP. Von Sturmer went on to a career in writing and film-making and other members went on to play in bands such as The Whizz Kids, Blam Blam Blam, The Swingers, Coconut Rough and Pop Mechanix.

PIU V are also stoked to have Tigers playing on the Saturday night. Tigers, the first ever Maori punk band, are a trio of brothers who played at Zwines and other venues back in the day, so it's a bit of a nostalgic return for them, and also for the lucky punters. One of PIU's "usual suspects", X-Features, have also stepped up to drop a few salvos of beautiful cacophony on the crowd at Zwines on a "Saturday Night in the City of the Dead" Last but not least, opening the evening's proceedings on Sat night will be Devils Got-9, featuring members of The Misunderstood, The Morning Horns and another band called The Plague, but no the one above... confused?... you will be!

Tickets are selling very fast at Under The Radar, and it's no wonder when you look at the line-ups for each night, and the fact that The Bluestone Room has a reasonable, but finite, person limit. This event was sold-out 4 weeks before the actual gig last time, so we advise you to get your entry sorted asap. Friday already has the Instigators (reforming especially for PIU V, for the first time in decades!), Proud Scum doing their well known version of "rabbiting" on stage, the classic sounds of The Bludgers, The Barbs, and some "in your face" noise from current ass-kickers Dick Move, and now, with the addition of The Plague, you're not going to find a better 'Friday knees-up" anywhere.

PIU V continues the sonic noise maelstrom on Saturday night with one of Hamilton's finest current bands - Contenders, the well known yee-haa, yippe-aye-yay of The Johnnys, the "wall of sound" that is Auckland's The Bombers, and one last final appearance from No Tag, who assure us you'll get an "aural massage" like never before! Now that Tigers, X-Features and Devil's Got-9 have joined Saturday's lineup, you're surely gonna be wanting to get the doubledose of full-flight entertainment being offered.

Closing both nights, as is tradition with Punk It Up, will be bankRobbers, the All-Star covers band with X-Features/Fetus Productions musical guru Jed Town, No Tag's Andrew Boak, The Bombers' Shamus O'Brien, and X-Features drummer Chris King. They'll be joined by a star-studded group of guests from the NZ punk scene including Sonya Waters and Ed Geddes (Instigators), Nick Hansen (Spelling Mistakes), Dean Martelli and Chris Orange (Terrorways/X-Features/Rebel Truce), playing a couple of Terrorways songs, (and a special "Rebel" treat as well), with Dean playing his Burns Flyte guitar, that graced the cover of the essential NZ album AK79, and was recently re-purchased by Dean thanks to a very successful crowd-funding effort.

Put all that together with a massive line-up of DJ's including Dubhead, Miss Dom, Phil A, R.G. Bargy, Wastemaster, Johnny & The Dambusters, and many more, playing everything and anything they want to, both in between the bands, and late into the night at both night's after parties. There's also going to be information booths from some extremely worthy causes, plus the myriad of vendors plying their wares, like band t-shirts and records etc etc, all adding up to a night, or in this case 2 nights, that you'll remember for a very very long time. Speaking of records, there's a few "limited edition" releases based around Punk It Up V bands, we'll update you on that in the near future.....

Tickets for each night, or a 2 night pass, are available now at www.undertheradar.co.nz


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