by Sam Prebble
You’ve heard of a hoe-down, but Waitati is organising something a little different – a throwdown.
On Waitangi Day, 6 February, folk songs, storytelling, stomping feet, whiskey, a wedding and a party will be part of a late afternoon throwdown. Feature act Bond Street Bridge will team up with the Broken Heartbreakers and the Bitter Years, as part of their summer throwdown tour during which they are raising the roof from Invercargill to Baylys Beach.
The past year has seen Bond Street Bridge perform over 100 shows on the road, playing at fancy places like arts festivals, museums, art galleries, opera houses and theatres all over the country. They have performed their unique show ‘The Explorers Club: Antarctica’ to packed houses and critical acclaim across the length and breadth of New Zealand, circling the country twice and winning the award for Best Music at the 2013 New Zealand Fringe Festival awards.
Expect the devil, expect jealous gods and queens of the underworld, maimed seadogs and lost loves, the darkness at the edge of town and the light of a spiteful moon, vocal harmonies, stomping feet and jangling guitars as Bond Street Bridge reveal the work they have been writing on the road over the course of their 2013 travels.
Hosting the event will be the Pirate Queen, Mandy Mayhem, at her pirate HQ, 28 Brown Street, Waitati, from 4:00pm. Bring food for feasting and cash to throw at the bands.