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Wednesday12 December 2012

Riot Free for Amnesty

at Kings Arms, 59 France Street, Newton
20 November 2012

Get Your Riot Face On for Amnesty International
Anti-folk? Alt-country? Indie pop? Psychedelia? A punk prayer? In some countries, this music could get you arrested. But not in New Zealand.

Join Amnesty International at the Kings Arms on Wednesday 12 December for a Riot Free night of music to raise funds for human rights and campaign for the release of two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Graham Panther (Panther & the Zoo), Great North, Sherpa and BearCat know how lucky they are to enjoy real freedom of expression so they’ll be pulling on their balaclavas and coming out to support Amnesty International’s campaign.

When Russian band Pussy Riot performed a punk prayer back in February calling for the Virgin Mary to save them from Putin, they probably never expected the reaction they got. Three members arrested. Two of them sentenced to two years each, charged with hooliganism. Sent to Russian penal colonies, far from their families, and at risk of ill-treatment and abuse. All because of a song.

Amnesty International wants to send 3000 signatures to the Russian authorities before the end of the year calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Nadia and Masha, who did nothing more than sing a peaceful protest song against the government, and urging the Russian authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression.

So if you’re a believer in the right to express yourself freely without fear of persecution and you want to do something about it, head along to the Kings Arms on Wednesday 12 December and support the cause. Wear something pink, come in a balaclava, and get your riot face on.

What: Riot Free gig for Amnesty International
Who: Graham Panther, Great North, Sherpa, BearCat
Where: Kings Arms Tavern
When: Wednesday 12 December
Doors: Open at 7.30pm
Tickets: $15 from

With their previous releases 'I'm Sparklers' and 'Pretty Cool Optical Illusions' earning them a Groove Guide album of the week, two number ones on the bFM Top Ten, a Roundhead Studios Live In Session, opening slots for Darwin Deez, The Clean and a noteworthy performance at the 2012 Auckland Laneway Festival, Sherpa are set to paint the year in a psychedelic haze.. - Amplifier

About Great North: Auckland-based five-piece alternative country/folk band. Released their debut EP Soldiers in October 2009.

Band members:
Hayden Donnell - vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
Dale Campbell - acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
Rachel Harrison - bass
Olly Scott-Dye - drums
Strahan Cole - electric guitars

About Bear Cat: Auckland-based pop duo (Jocee Tuck, Dan Trevarthen).

About Panther & The Zoo: Auckland-based indie pop solo project for Graham Panther.
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