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There’s still 100 tickets – out of 500 – on sale for this Thursday’s Fish/CAANZ Battle of the Ad Bands.

But be warned: 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,” says CAANZ events manager Sasha Langham. “You must print out your ticket. No ticket, no entry.”

The Kings Arms doors open at 6.30pm, with the show scheduled to finish with the winning-band announcement around 10pm. Doors close finally at 11.30pm.

Six agency bands will compete: Barnes Catmur & Friends’ Friends Electric, OMD’s The Chased, Colenso BBDO’s Pegasus & 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.

The judges are, Hauraki deejays Angie Boyd & Leigh Hart, and M+AD ed David Gapes. MC is Mikey Havoc.

Fans will receive one free drink 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 prizes including a Holy Chic dress, $500 Working Style Voucher, Event Cinema tickets, Grey Goose Vodka, Redbull, Asahi gift packs, flowers from Wind Flower, and umbrellas from Blunt Umbrellas and more.

“Bring loads of business cards to enter the draws,” says 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.


Where: Kings Arms, 59 France St, Auckland
When: This Thursday 17 September (6:30pm-11:30pm)
How much: $45+gst (CAANZ members); $60+gst (non-members)
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Donate to NZ Music Foundation here:
Contact: Sasha Langham; 09 303 0435

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