‘Doing this is better than night clubbing or drinking in a bar in the city, where there are fights,’ say some of the participants!
The residents of a town in New Zealand have been getting quite an earful of Celine Dion as participants in a local “Siren Battle” employ the high treble of the French-Canadian singer’s voice to cut across the landscape in the middle of the night.
With these offending events typically involving multiple groups of drivers gathering to blast sound the loudest and farthest with the use of emergency sirens, amplifiers, and speakers welded to vehicles, the noise from these battles has gotten so loud the residents of the town of Porirua have launched a petition to bring an end to the madness.
The Porirua City Council previously agreed to a 10 PM siren battle cut-off time limited to industrial areas, but the battles have since returned to the neighbourhood.
“Celine Dion is popular because it’s such a clear song – so we try to use music that has high treble, is clear and not much bass,” Paul Lesoa, the founder of one of these groups in Auckland told NZ website The Spinoff. “We just love music, we love dancing, and doing this is better than night clubbing or drinking in a bar in the city, where there’s fights etc,” he explained.
Lesoa says he’s even applied for a permit and an official space for their events and is still waiting to hear back. “Everyone has a hobby and while our hobby can be quite disturbing and we understand how disturbing it can be, we just want our own proper, safe space away from people to do it.”