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Entries are now also open for the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album (Tui award). Click here for more information and to enter the best album award.


The Isaac Theatre Royal in partnership with ASB is pleased to offer the ASB Performing Arts Community Grant in support of locally created performing Arts in Christchurch, through a subsidised venue rental grant.

The Isaac Theatre Royal is a unique and multi-purpose venue and has been the Christchurch home to many of the national performing arts companies of New Zealand, as well as the preferred venue for International touring productions.

Villain have a new EP on the way and will be holding a release party this Friday night at The Darkroom Bar on St Asaph Street. Joining the band in support will be Moonpup, cover charge is $10.00. You can find out further details on the show and the new record here:



Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Rising star Candice Milner, one of the youngest recipients of the $10,000 Wildcard Funding Chart grant for June 2015 from NZ On Air Music at the age of only 16, will release her winning single ‘Run for It’ at an event at Wunderbar Lyttelton, New Zealand on Friday 29 January.

The Drum Festival is a celebration of rhythm, beat and dance from around the globe. A dedicated drum festival set in lush surroundings beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula. This year’s festival line-up includes cultural drum groups performing rhythms from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America plus drum and dance workshops and evening camp-fire tribal drumming.