On the floor: Gather at the gully for a musical feast

Azalia Snail.
Azalia Snail.
American musician Azalia Snail joins a solid group of bands from Dunedin and Wellington playing at Dunedin's Bethunes Gully Music Festival next weekend.

This weekend's show is the second organised by the Proxy Music Crew and spokesman John White is pleased with the line-up, which includes many familiar faces from the alternative music scene.

Wellington's The Golden Awesome feature two former Dunedinites, Johannes Contag and Stef Animal, who have teamed up with Matt Steindl and Justin Barr, of the Raskolnikovs. This is their first show in Dunedin.

Formed in 2008, Mountaineater have played numerous shows and released a 7" record on Dunedin's Monkey Killer Records. The band is: Chris Livingston, Anaru Ngata and Tristan Dingemans, of HDU.

One of the newest band's on the bill are Dunedin's Psychic Maps. The band is a Dunedin supergroup of sorts, featuring Simon McLaren (Love's Ugly Children, Subliminals), Chris Heazlewood (King Loser, Cash Guitar) and Jeff Harford (The Rip, My Deviant Daughter).

Youngsters Sewage describe their career to date quite simply: "[We] got together, made some music, played some gigs, won the Otago Rockquest - sweet."

Stephen Kilroy and Heath Te Au formed Heka as a two-piece, but in recent times the pair has been joined by former Suka bass player Tenzin Mullin on bass.

The Proxy Music Festival begins at Bethunes Gully, at the top end of Northeast Valley, at noon next Saturday, January 29 and is due to run until the evening. Tickets $20 at the gate. Azalia Snail.

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