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Too much for RNZ

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08.09.2017

RICHARD SWAINSON

Last updated 12:00, September 8 2017

Kimbra was covered at this year's Circle Jerk at Hamilton's Meteor Theatre last Saturday.

OPINION: It's the event that dare not speak its name. Leastways not on the national airwaves.

Last Friday, when I floated the possibility of some casual promotion of Hamilton culture on Radio New Zealand National, the city's favourite son, media-cum-"television personality" Jesse Mulligan, had his reservations. It was acceptable to talk up the night in question, just so long as we didn't let on what it was called. The 9th (semi) annual Hamilton Circle Jerk thus became the more user-friendly "CJ".

The Circle Jerk is all about self appreciation, not self abuse. Founded in 2005, it was born out of frustration. Hamilton musicians and their support base felt slighted during New Zealand Music Month. If we were not to invited to the national party, why not put on a show of our own?

A simple format was devised, designed to maximise both participation and diversity. Hamilton bands were invited to play three song sets. One song was required to be an original. The balance had to be covers of another local act's material. The........

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