US bass virtuoso David Friesen ( is a true jazz legend and has been heralded as one of the most prolific and influential jazz bassists of the past four decades.

Stonehurst have had a busy past few months with a South Island tour supporting Devilskin, and recording new material at Neil Finns studio with international music producer Steve James. Expect big things to come from this hard working hard rock outfit. Here is their first single “Can’t Get Away” from the bands new forthcoming record.

Coming up this month at CPIT, an informative seminar on funding opportunities for jazz musicians presented by Creative NZ.  

Christchurch-based musician Katie Thompson from Quirky Music has recently been in Vienna collaborating with five other artists from around the world to create a Global Rockstar United single. Katie represented Oceania and working with top musicians from Asia, America, Europe and Africa she co-wrote the track “To The Moon”. Check the link to hear the single and find out more about the Global Rockstar programme.

Another big round of music funding this month from NZ On Air for the Making Tracks programme. Over 135 artists applied with 24 successful projects funded. Among the recipients were: Annah Mac, Beastwars, Chambres, Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Ekko Park, Electric Wire Hustle, Glass Vaults, J Jonathon Bree, Joseph & Maia, Lisa Crawley, Mana Lion, Marley Sola, MEDZ, P.H.F, Sammy J, Sam Verlinden, Sons Of Zion, Tamagotchii, The Beths, Two Cartoons, Will Slugger, Yoko-Zuna & Delaney Davidson.

The nominees for the first three New Zealand Music Awards were announced today, recognising the best work of those who engineer, produce, and design the covers for local albums.

The finalists in the best producer category are Sean Donnelly for his own album Saint John Divine, Joel Little for his work on Evergreen by Broods, and Clint Murphy for his work on We Rise by Devilskin.

Award winning musician, multi instrumentalist, host of Planet Of Sound on Radio Hauraki, mentor and theatre performer. JON TOOGOOD needs no introduction.

As frontman of SHIHAD for over 25 years and the man behind the collaborative affair THE ADULTS, Jon has more NZ radio hits than any other artist in NZ music history.

Brothers Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson have won the 2015 Apra Silver Scroll Award for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra song Multi-Love. The psychedelic pop song is the title track from UMO's latest album.

Coming up soon at Dux Live - Decknology the South Islands premiere DJ competition. This fierce battle at the decks was designed to provide all DJs and Producers experience and exposure in the live mix environment and to find the best damn DJ in the Garden City. Decknology 2015 rolls out with 4 heats followed by 2 genre bending semi-finals and then a grand final on Thursday 12th November.

Electric Avenue music festival returns to Christchurch next February and the first round of line up announcements have just been released. Thievery Corporation, The Correspondents, Boy & Bear, The Opiuo Band, The Cuban Brothers, Katchafire, and The Upbeats are all confirmed for the Waitangi Day Festival and tickets will be on sale soon!

Iron Maiden will play at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on April 29, and at Auckland's Vector Arena on May 1, with support from London metal band, The Raven Age. Tickets go on sale midday Thursday, September 24, available through Ticketek for Christchurch and Ticketmaster for Auckland.

Anyone considering furthering their musical education? CPIT Music Arts program are taking applications now for 2016 enrollment. The new degree offers a wide range of options including; contemporary performance, electronic performance, jazz, arranging and composition, and music industry training.

2015 Silver Scroll finalist and Fly My Pretties star Mel Parsons brings her stellar show home to Canterbury this October for a special performance in the peerless beauty that is the newly refurbished Isaac Theatre Royal.


Christchurch musical success story Marlon Williams is set to embark on an extensive world tour taking his soulful, folk country pop music to various parts of the globe. Catch him before he heads away in Christchurch this October for an intimate Church performance with Delaney Davidson, Tami Neilson, and Barry Saunders.

The Lost Highway Church Tour 2015

Veteran Aussie rockers Cold Chisel have announced two New Zealand gigs for December, including their first in the South Island since 1983.

Their One Night Stand tour will follow the October 2 release of new album The Perfect Crime, featuring the single Lost which has been released on Friday to radio and TV.

The band will play at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on December 4.

New Zealand's Supergroove will support Cold Chisel.

The first ever Christchurch Drum Off competition was held at Dux Live last week. With over 120 people in attendance 10 great drummers all went head to head to show off their stick skills behind the kit. It was a close fought battle which was ultimately won by Andy Gibbs from band The River Jones. Andy won herself; a Paiste Cymbal pack worth $1000 from Musicworks, Aquarian Drum Skins, and free rehearsal time at BeatBox. Congratulations Andy!

Anyone out there interested in a career in music audio? MAINZ are hosting an open night this month, come and check out the facilities, talk to tutors about their great Audio, Live Sound, DJing and Electronic Music Production programmes.

Wednesday 16 September, 7–9pm
191 high street, cbd, Christchurch &
Wednesday 23 September, 7–9pm
19 king Edward Terrace, Woolston, Christchurch

For the full schedule visit

Making Tracks music funding grants for August have just been announced. Successful recipients from Christchurch included Doprah, Terrible Sons, and ex-pats Shapeshifter.

Hardworking Christchurch indie rock outfit No Broadcast are currently crowd funding to raise money for a new record. You can find out more information and support them here:


Dream pop outfit Yumi Zouma have announced two headline shows in New Zealand for September as part of a wider antipodean tour. The Christchurch-formed group were last in the country in May when they undertook a string of shows with Doprah, but with the band being spread across the globe the opportunities to see them are few and far between. Here are the details for their upcoming performances on home soil, which will also include an appearance at the inaugural The Other's Way festival in Auckland

Sunday 6th September, Darkroom, Christchurch

Musical heavyweights Beastwars and Jakob are set to shake the foundations of Allen Street rock club on Friday 2nd October. The headliner for the tour will be determined by a coin toss. Tickets are on sale from and this one is bound to be a sell-out.

Stonehurst are looking for people to appear in their upcoming video for the bands new single 'Can’t Get Away'. The video will be filmed at Allen Street Rock Club and attendees will need to be 18+. For more details check out the poster attached or you can contact the band via their Facebook.

Want to play harmonica? We have a workshop coming up soon....Christchurch's very own Harmonica crusader, Davey from Backyard Music (aka Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine & The Harmonica Guy) will teach you everything you need to know to get inspired...From Dylan to The Blues!

Whether you are a novice, a dabbler, or maybe want to lift your game a little more, this interactive, informative and relaxed workshop is absolutely for you.