On the Floor: Good handful

Tono and The Finance Company.
Tono and The Finance Company.
Most weekends in Dunedin, there is a good handful of gigs. This weekend is no exception, with everything from drum 'n' bass to punk rock and everything in between.

Tonight, there's plenty of competition for the punter's dollar. At Bath St, the "Rumble Rematch" features DJs Drop, Matchett, and Gus, while at Sammy's there's a night of beautiful electronica featuring Dunedin's SoNic Smith and Biff Merchants, and Module, from Wellington.

Nic, or SoNic Smith, has been around electronic music for the better part of a decade.

He's inspired by the big beat sound, old school hip-hop and new wave electro, although he admits his music often does not sound like any of these.

For those after some rock, The Backstage hosts Outbreak and guests from 9pm, while the Empire Hotel has the punk-rock stylings of Skullduggery from 10pm.

12 Below is dropping the tempo and increasing the syncopation with an "Exam Wind Down", featuring funk and reggae.

Then tomorrow, Refuel opens its doors in the afternoon for a good cause.

Amnesty International is hosting a selection of Dunedin's finest bands, many of which are in the "up-and-coming" category, while others have been around the block a few times.

The gig is part of the worldwide one-million-hands event, and features Tono and The Finance Company, TheLonius, Nadia Reid, The Paper Planes, and Biff Merchants.

It's an all-ages, all-afternoon affair, beginning at 2pm with proceeds from the gold coin entry going to Amnesty International.

One of the bands on the bill, TheLonius, comprises Jake Barton, vocals and rhythm guitar, Jarni Blair, lead guitar, backing vocals, Johnny Ward, on drums, and Crombie, on bass.

The band has been playing around Dunedin for a few years now and can be seen at The Empire "most Wednesdays", according to their Dunedin music.com page.


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