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 NEIL ROBERTS 20th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL PUNK FEST featuring 7 of New Zealand's finest punk bands at the Jet Set Lounge, Southlander Hotel, on the evening of Saturday, 16 November.

The bands started early at 9pm, with the line-up consisting of Nelson bands Johnny Christ and the KnuckleDraggers, capably backed up by Christchurch favourites Stout, Gideon, Puppet Monk and RSI.  Also on the bill are latecomers Flesh D-Vice from Wellington, one of New Zealand's oldest punk bands who missed out being on the poster but confirmed that they would play at the Punk Fest as they didn't want to miss out on being part of this truly memorable occasion.

This turned out to be a wild night of blazing punk rock energy and a good chance for all punks, past and present, to catch up with old friends.  It was decided to use this date as a focal point for a reunion of the old 1980's crowd and anyone else who ever had an interest or involvement in the punk underground over the last 25 years.  Five of the bands have members who were playing in various groups during the 1980's and they will be playing songs or sets that reflect this.  All this is backed up by a punk DJ who played all your favourite New Zealand and overseas songs from the era.

Neil Roberts, for those who don't know or are too young to remember, is the anarchist punk rocker who attempted to blow up the Wanganui Computer Centre and lost his life in doing so on 18 November, 1982.  Roberts, the son of a wealthy Auckland family, was a popular and respected figure in the early punk scene playing in several bands.  Far from being a "mad bomber" he was a peaceful and non-violent person driven to his final act by what he saw as the inevitable "police state" with the Computer Centre as it's figurehead.  Remember, the atmosphere was vastly different in New Zealand in those days; a relatively conservative country in the grips of Muldoonism and its "Think Big" policies, suffering a crippling economic depression.  We had just witnessed unprecedented displays of police brutality and violence during the Springbok Tour of 1981.  All this was going down at the height of the Cold War with Russia and the ever present threat of nuclear war… and Orwell's "1984" was just around the corner.  Neil Roberts died for his beliefs and his final words graffitied on a concrete wall opposite the Computer Centre were also to be his epitaph, as relevant today as back in 1982… "We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity".

 

 

 

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Punkfest was the brain child of Gonk, a Westcoast lad of dubious reputation, and is basicly in honour of Neil Roberts death while trying to take down the govts Wanganui computer centre some 20 years back.... 
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Major credit goes out to
M E L
for most of the photos on this site.
Chris, the soundman who held it all together for us, and *coff coff* made the website.
and most certainly not least to all those who bothered to show up to the bloody thing