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Strangely Arousing - the perfect sundown blend of Dub/Jazz/Reggae
Proudly carrying an odyssey forged from fiery hearts - these 5 young scallywags have been to the fence and back since their forming in Rotorua in 2013. They moved to Auckland as a collective and promptly dropped out of University to tour full-time. Since then they’ve clocked multiple near sell-out circuits of NZ, a tour of South Korea and China, and Dubai. This journey has kept the boys together longer than many marriages.
And while the union of man and woman can bless us with the wonders of new life; six years of union (and blood, and sweat, and tears... and Jim Beam) between these trippy hippies has led to the genesis of a new wave of music inspired by New Zealand’s legendary hip-hop and reggae dub fore fathers.
In an era where Fat Freddy’s Drop and Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered heritage artists and in a world where it’s ok to take the good bits from wherever you happen to find them, Strangely Arousing considers themselves “trans genre” and in 2020 they are planning an EP drop to show the world exactly what that means.
While they may be hard to describe they are easy to enjoy: Their Dub/Jazz/Reggae influenced sound has taken them from the main stage of Rhythm and Vines to the exotic cityscapes of Dubai and Beijing.
There aren’t any cultural barriers a good blasting of strange vibrations can’t overcome.
If you are still unsure, let’s put it another way. If you like good music, you’ll like Strangely Arousing.
Come get weird with it.
With support from:
Through big bass, swing, electro, reggae, hip hop, ska and a dabbling of punk, AlleyKat loves to mix up the genres. Making mixtapes since the ’80s, AlleyKat brings an eclectic vibe. Touring NZ bands to Australia, running record label AlleyKat Records & dropping samples with the band Melatonin in Melbourne, set Al’s course in the Music Industry. One of the key organisers and Producer of Sundaise Music Festival and running Sunsonics, his own solar-powered sound system.
Matt Rapid is a roaming sound engineer and music record-ist. A lover of synthesisers, found sounds, sliced and diced rhythms, and raw energy. Merging soundscapes, tweaked field recordings and heavy-weight flex into a deep, wild and constantly shifting bass music blend.
Plus this is all being run fully by the sun! Check out Sunsonics for more information.
Foods trucks and some stalls open for a unique shopping experience.
We love our live music and have created a space for you to bring your kids to enjoy dancing to live music with Mum, Dad, Grandparents, friends, neighbours, in a safe environment - and isn't this NYE one to celebrate! Bye bye 2021 - HELLO 2022!
5pm: Matt Rapid
7pm: Strangely Arousing
Massive shout out to Havana Coffee Works - keeping this event Free Entry - COFFEE U FEEL
So, whose comin'?