/ 26 October 2023

The music must not go on

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Many would consider themselves Céline Dion fans, but some residents in the Kiwi city of Porirua never want to hear her powerhouse vocals again… The French-Canadian superstar has become the unlikely artist of choice for blokes running so-called ‘speaker battles’… The battles involve cars decked out in loudspeakers cruising at night to compete with each other to produce the best sound. Dion’s songs are a favourite because lots of her music has high frequency and little bass. But local residents aren’t happy about the noise and have launched a petition calling on authorities to shut the battles down. One of the battle organisers says he feels that’s “unfair” and it’s “better than night clubbing or drinking in a bar in the city”. Sometimes people just want to sleep without feeling like they’re on a sinking ship

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