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Future City Festival 2018

Sat Mar 10th, 2018

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Hamilton Underground Press presents Future City Festival 2018!

Friday 9th March and Saturday 10th March
The Meteor, Nivara Lounge, and Creative Waikato

Lineup: The Datsuns, The Beths, Cheshire Grimm, 5 Girls, System Corporation, Dad Jokes, Pumice, The Scones, Glass Shards, Bitter Defeat, Bloodlux, Date Month Year and more to be announced.

Weekend passes on sale now via UTR - single night passes available in the new year.

Headlining FUTURE CITY FESTIVAL 2018 will be The Datsuns, a band who shot to fame from the local Hamilton scene in the 1990s and went on to establish themselves on the international stage. A selection of more established Hamilton-based bands will appear, including 5 Girls, Glass Shards, Cheshire Grimm and Date Month Year, as will some brand-new acts, namely shoegaze popsters Bloodlux and lo-fi indie rockers Bitter Defeat. Auckland bands also feature heavily, with the glorious indie pop of The Beths, The Scones and Cowboy Dan, plus surf-punks Dad Jokes, and experimental solo artist Pumice.
A further 11 bands will also play at the festival, making a total of 23 bands over the course of two nights, Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th. The venues for the festival are all CBD based. On Friday 9th bands will perform at Nivara Lounge and Creative Waikato, and on Saturday 10th at Nivara Lounge and The Meteor.

Arpie Shirlow started Hamilton Underground Press (HUP) in March 2015, in an attempt to help breathe life into the local music scene by being active in organising shows and supporting them through publishing zines, podcasts and online articles. The inaugural Future City was held in March of this year (2017), and was a great success.

‘Future City is a way of crystallising what we do, which is to try and support the local scene by putting on bands that we like and support them as best we can. Last year’s festival was a great success, so this year we have stepped it up a bit. We are very proud of the mix of bands that will play, and were absolutely stoked to have The Datsuns back in Hamilton - they will play last on the Saturday night, so it should be quite a spectacular finale.’

The festival schedule runs from around 7pm each evening, until midnight. Once one band finishes playing, there’s a five-minute gap before the next band starts at the next venue, which makes it possible to walk between venues and watch nearly every single band.

‘There’s a tiny bit of overlap this year, but it’s still possible to see nearly all the bands. People really enjoyed that part last year, walking between venues, catching some fresh air and meeting new people. It was lovely really, the social aspect that came from this community of music fans. The venues are all-ages friendly too, and last year we had parents bring their teens along too, which was pretty amazing. It was a great atmosphere and we can’t wait to do it all again next March!’

acoustic/solo, alternative, electronic, pop, punk/hardcore, rock, he Datsuns, The Beths, Cheshire Grimm, 5 Girls, System Corporation, Dad Jokes, Pumice, The Scones, Glass Shards, Bitter Defeat, Bloodlux, Date Month Year

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