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Sun Dec 17th, 2023

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On Record Store Day 2023, Dunedin’s dream pop originators, Cloudboy, released their remastered, revered 2001 album, ‘Down at the End of the Garden’ on vinyl for the first time, with the limited edition selling out nationwide.

Now fans will be able to experience the full glory of Down at the End of the Garden performed live throughout Aotearoa, in intimate seated venues, enveloped by Cloudboy’s master musicianship and a densely-textured, immersive full-length film.

Called a “wildly ambitious record...fearless and far-reaching” by RNZ’s Tony Stamp, Down at the End of the Garden is an album that easily leapt into Aotearoa’s ‘classic album’ list, featuring band members Craig Monk, Jo Contag, Demarnia Lloyd and Heath Te Au. Jo said, “The main aim of Cloudboy was to frame Demarnia's songs and compelling voice in unusual and evocative ways”, and intricate musical arrangements set to a pop sensibility sailed this record into the collections of the nation.

Cloudboy’s touring band is comprised of Demarnia Lloyd (vocals), Craig Monk (violin, guitar, synth), Johannes Contag (guitar, flute, bass), original drummer Heath Te Au, backing tracks and John White (violin, backing vocals); live visuals created by Ōtautahi Christchurch-based photographer/film-maker Stuart Lloyd-Harris.

Don’t miss experiencing this incredible classic album live!


Imaginative pop of just-so poise with a hint of darkness... - Russell Baillie, NZ Herald

“Every so often an album is reissued that’s especially deserving.” - Tony Stamp, RNZ

Stubbornly individual and curiously beautiful; and yet this is a pop album - Nick Bollinger, NZ Listener

A startlingly original avant-pop album. Nothing like this has ever appeared from our enchanted isles. - Noel Meek, Loop

An eclectic slice of brilliance that will be treasured by those that possess it - John Taite, Real Groove


Brilliant - Shayne P. Carter

An evening of surreal beauty, humour and darkness lying somewhere in the murky moors between theatre, performance art and musical concert…Many may ask why Cloudboy were cooped up in a venue the size of BATS when there were people turned away at the door every night and their sound is potentially stadium-filling…Utterly unmissable a second time. - Noel Meek, Loop

Unbelievable. I haven't seen anything this good in this country for a long time. so much to watch and hear and reel from...movies...costumes...weird people scampering across the stage with bowed shoulders...a saxophonist....a backing chorus... Demarnia was beyond compare. - Roi Colbert

Drawing from pulsy Krautrock, classical, dance, European folk music and anything but the blues - it was rich and rewarding, seductive and complete...harking back to the art-band mischief of the late 70s with the sound of the new century - think Mental Notes-era Split Enz filtered through Spiritualized - yes boys and girls, it's the return of theatrical rock! - Cam, NZ Pop List

Bathed in a soft green and incense, Cloudboy hold me captive in their garden of enchantment...the mood and emotion of their music and the theatrics slipped tastefully hand in hand, creating a complete and enchanting show - The Knave, The Package


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