Blackout dance party coming

21:31, Mar 26 2014
Chase Tangohau
SWEET NOTES: Guitarist Chase Tangohau in action.

Nelson's second gig aimed at teenagers, the Blackout dance party, is on this weekend.

Organisers of the event hope to attract 200 teenagers to the smoke, alcohol and drug-free event at Old St John's Hall on Saturday.

Sydney-based DJ Northie is the headline act of the party which is organised by Nelson Underage.

Fire Without Permit
WINNERS: Fire Without Permit took out the initial Soundclash this month. From left are Jordan Harvey, Lewis Miccio and Rigel Blanchet.

DJ Northie will play the last 90 minutes, taking over from local DJs.

DJ Northie, Aaron Lee, is said to be one of Australia's "most impressive upcoming electronic artists".

The DJ producer is said to be on the forefront of the electronic dance movement in Australia.


Nelson Underage held its first event Soundclash - a battle of the bands competition on March 15.

Fire Without Permit, a band made up of Nelson College and Waimea College students, won the event.

Nelson Underage event manager Nathan Telford said the first Soundclash was a great success, and featured some tight battles between the six different acts, before Fire Without Permit took home the title.

"There were a few very close calls, but in the end Fire Without Permit took out the $500 prize money."

Nathan says about 120 teenagers turned up and the event went well.

"All the punters who did come to it they were really enthusiastic about the bands."

A crew and artists barbecue on the afternoon of the event was a success and a good way to help the bands build contacts and get to know each other.

Two more Soundclashe events are planned for the year. They aim to give young bands and musicians experience and an audience and set them up for national events like Smokefree Rockquest.

Nelson Underage set up this year, with support from Nelson City Council, to provide fun, safe events for Nelson youth. There have been few events for young people since 2002, and the organisation has the motto "looking to make Nelson a fun place to grow up in".

Nelson Underage is also supported by the Youth and Community Trust.

The Blackout dance party is on Saturday at Old St John's Hall from 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are $10 and are limited to 200. Buy tickets at ticketdirect outlets, including The Theatre Royal, the iSite and Richmond Mall.