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East Coast Rocks The Most - Cyclone Relief Shows Announced

East Coast Rocks The Most - Cyclone Relief Shows Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Dick Move + Church & AP / Tuesday 7th March, 2023 12:00PM

Bastions of our live musical community, Save Our Venues, Whammy Bar, 100% Good and MusicHelps are presenting an all-star pair of fundraiser events, in response to the urgent crisis facing East Coast venues due to the devastating impact of Cyclone Gabrielle. Happening over two nights in Tāmaki Makaurau this Friday and Saturday, the East Coast Rocks The Most cyclone relief shows feature the crème de la crème of local talent performing in support of this crucial cause — including Tooms, Dick Move, Hans Pucket, Daffodils, Church & AP, Bailey Wiley, Imugi 이무기 and DeadForest. For those who can't attend, the organisers have also set up a Givealittle donation page HERE. Do your bit to help #saveourvenues, grip the details below and head along this weekend...

“With 4/5 of us having been born or raised in Tairawhiti and Hawke’s Bay, this show is especially close to our hearts. These communities are used to mobilising, mucking in and fending for themselves, and don’t often ask for help, even in times of a devastating crisis. A gig to help them get back on their feet feels like the least we can do. We can’t wait to be back to playing shows on the mighty East Coast!”
— Lucy Suttor of Dick Move

“A collective response to support our music venue whānau is as important as ever. We see this as the start of a long-running campaign to support venues in the hardest-hit regions as they struggle to perform their crucial role in their communities in the coming weeks and months.

This period will be critical to venues’ resilience and their ability to make their important contribution to people in the region - as community hubs and providers of mental well-being to those who perform and attend live music.” - Taylor MacGregor of Save Our Venues


Save Our Venues, Whammy Bar, 100% Good and MusicHelps present...

East Coast Rocks The Most Cyclone Relief Shows - Whammy Bar, Auckland

Friday 10th March - Tooms, Dick Move, Hans Pucket, Daffodils
Saturday 11th March - Church & AP, Bailey Wiley, Imugi 이무기, DeadForest

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Proceeds from the event will be shared with impacted music venues, with 20% of funds raised being donated to MusicHelps to support their vitally important music support services assisting music people experiencing hardship and illness, including a counselling service tailored to people who make music possible.

For those unable to attend this weekend's events, a Givealittle page has been set up HERE so people around the motu can donate and help ensure the survival of venues most in need.

Watch recent live footage of Dick Move tearing it up at San Fran, playing 'Small Man, Big Tweet'...

Church & AP celebrate their community in the clip for 'CHURCH ON A SUNDAY'...

Press release:

Two nights of live music hosted at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Whammy Bar, with proceeds going directly to the East Coast music venues affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Over the last few weeks, the utter destruction affecting many in our communities has become apparent. For venues in the worst affected locations on the East Coast, our hearts go out to you. Smash Palace and Dome Bar in Gisborne. The Cabana, Paisley Stage, Common Room and Spaceship have all been devastated by Cyclone Gabrielle. These venues are currently unable to trade at full capacity, if at all, and won’t be opening their doors for touring acts for quite some time. However, these venues are playing a vital part in supporting their communities right now, and these gigs are to show that wider music whānau of Aotearoa are here to support these venues most affected.

Established by a group of passionate people from the New Zealand music scene in 2020 during the first wave of COVID, Save Our Venues assisted in raising almost half a million dollars in donations for live music venues around Aotearoa, helping ensure their survival and playing a vital role in strengthening communities.

Once again, Aotearoa is faced with a crisis that requires us to work together to #saveourvenues


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