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It sounds like the start of a joke, but it was the scene at the Brighton Hall, as dearly departed musicians gathered for the Dead Rockers Ball on Saturday night.
A ball of a time was had by about 70 event-goers attending the ball organised by the Bulletproof Convertible band.
Bulletproof Convertible drummer Alex Ramsay said the night was enjoyed by "a real mix" of people.
"We’re stoked; everyone seemed to have a great time, there were some fantastic costumes and we had a really good turnout."
It was the second event of its kind to be held.
"In February we held one in Glenorchy, which was also great fun."
Mr Ramsay said the aim of the balls was to bring music into smaller communities where people might not normally go to gigs.
"We wanted to do something different. People living more rurally don’t get as many events like this, and often a night into town can take a lot of effort and be very costly."
About $690 was raised, some of which went to Big Rock School, in Brighton.
Mr Ramsay said the band were planning a third ball in Waitati on July 25.
"We’re hoping to get it going as a monthly event at different locations round the South," Mr Ramsay said.