Six agency bands enlist for Botab

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Six agency bands have signed up for the Flying Fish/CAANZ 2015 Battle of the Ad Bands, now just a fortnight away. Barnes Catmur & Friends’ Friends Electric are back again, so is OMD’s The Chased. New entrants are Colenso BBDO’s Pegasus and the Job Numbers, Clemenger BBDO/Proximity’s Fatal Death, Fish’s Goth Darnitt & The Self Flagilation Foundation, and last year’s winner Whybin\TBWA’s The Dooyahs.

The theme for this year is BOTAB goes Goth. Bands will perform one original and two covers.

Fans will receive two free drinks with each ticket purchase (scroll down for details). It’s strictly R18 for alcohol – so remember to bring your ID.

There will be a free sausage sizzle and Much Moore Ice-cream on the night along with loads of cool prizes including a Holy Chic dress, $500 Working Style Voucher, Event Cinema tickets, Grey Goose Vodka, Redbull, Asahi gift packs, flowers from Wind Flower, umbrellas from Blunt Umbrellas and more.

“Bring loads of business cards to enter the draws,” says CAANZ events manager Sasha Langham.

The New Zealand Music Foundation are on board again this year and will have a photo booth out in the courtyard. They will also be holding a raffle draw, silent auctions and take me home gift packs to raise funds for their charity. You can also donate with your ticket purchase.

The money raised at last year’s BOTAB replaced vital band equipment at a facility in central Wellington working with at-risk and vulnerable youth, and also supplied a state-of-the-art keyboard to a choir in Auckland that works with people with neurological conditions.

There will be no door sales, tickets must be pre-purchased. “This year we are strictly doing e-tickets only as they will be scanned on the door on arrival,” Langham says. “You must print out your ticket. No ticket, no entry.”

The emcee has yet to be announced, but M+AD ed David Gapes will be one of the judges.


Where: Kings Arms, 59 France St, Auckland
When: Thursday 17 September (6:30pm-11:30pm)
MC: Mikey Havoc
How much: $60
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