Hats off for in­no­vate fundraiser

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 13.11.2009 -

One Ir­ish band are plan­ning a Christ­mas party with a dif­fer­ence. Autoban are stag­ing a Mad Hat­ter’s Ball at Dublin’s Academy 2 on De­cem­ber 5th to raise money for the record­ing of their new EP.

As the event’s ti­tle sug­gests, a form of head­gear is es­sen­tial, and the “pow­erindie” trio will per­form a live set sup­ported by DJs from the No Disko club.

Front­man Dar­ren Hardi­man said the band wants to liven up Dublin’s gig-go­ing crowd. “We thought we should make it as fun a night out as pos­si­ble for the peo­ple who come along, rather than a stand-with-your-pint-in-the-cor­ner head­line gig,” he told The Ticket.

“I al­ways find that peo­ple tend to en­joy club nights more when there’s a DJ play­ing songs they know, and for us, as a band, that at­mos­phere is hard to cre­ate. Even though our mu­sic is quite dance­able, we’re not that well known. Plus, a club full of peo­ple wear­ing all sorts of hats can only en­hance a night out.”

Tick­ets from Tick­et­mas­ter.

Christ­mas crack­ers: Autoban are go­ing to the ball

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