A young Christchurch superstar in the making Candice Milner, has beaten some of the country’s most promising musicians to win the latest round of The Audience. Candice had her song “Run For It” receive the highest amount of votes for the month of June and in doing so she will receive a recording and video grant courtesy of NZ On Air. Candice had this to say about her success - “I'm very excited about winning this competition.

The 2015 Battle of the Bands Canterbury Regional Final will be held this Friday night at Allen Street. This year’s finalists include Couger Lounge, Resin, Skelter, Smokin Voodoo, Poncho, The Bristol Dollar, The Settlers, and Underlay. Tickets available from

Independent Music New Zealand is proud to announce that the GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2015 will be held in Auckland this September – the dates are listed below. Performing Artist applications are now open at and will close Monday, August 10th 2015.

June Making Tracks funding decisions have just been announced. This month marks their 40th funding round - since July 2011 NZ On Air have received 5,036 applications and funded 1,028 projects. 

Top local blues man Steve Gainsford presents an afternoon of blues music this Saturday at the Wunderbar in Lyttelton from 2pm. This event is open for audience participation so bring along your voice, and or instrument and jam along with like-minded musicians. 

AHoriBuzz have just announced the first leg of their upcoming national tour, which includes 2 nights in Christchurch at the Dragons Den. The tour plans to be all up close and personal with The Buzz performing at a selection of intimate venues across New Zealand. Tickets are on sale now from

Quirky Music is a music services company specialising in artist development, social media management & crowd funding campaign management for independent artists. Quirky was founded and established by director Katie Thompson, who is no stranger to the intricacies of crowd funding having previously completed highly successful campaigns at a national and international level via PledgeMe, Sellaband, and Artist Signal. Katie has also performed as a professional musician for a number of years self-releasing three records, opening for Elton John, and touring extensively around NZ and abroad.

90’ hair metal singer Sebastian Bach is set to rock Christchurch this September. Bach who fronted the iconic hard rock band Skid Row was responsible for producing anthems like Youth Gone Wild, 18 and Life, and I Remember You. This promises to be one hell of a rock n roll show and tickets are on sale through

Libeau has just released a brand new music video for her latest single ’TANGI’ from her debut album ‘Led by the Moon’. Libeau describes the track as “An emotive song with sweeping cinematics. The song speaks of the unwillingness to disturb someone from the peace of sleep, knowing they wake only to remember their tragedy”. TANGI was written by Libeau, and produced by renowned music producer Greg Haver. The string section was performed by Vulcan Strings and mixed by Clint Murphy at Modern World Studios, in the UK.

Iconic Wellingtonian alt-rockers Head Like A Hole are set to embark on a national tour in support of their lastest record Narcocorrido. The band will play in Christchurch as part of their ten date tour at Allen Street Rock Club. Joing them on the road will be North Island noise merchants 8 Foot Sativa. Tickets are on sale Monday 15th June.

Jamie Larson is a Christchurch drummer and musician, with a huge passion for music. Jamie has spent a number of years performing in bands including previous RDU Round Up competition winners Ipswich. His career path has led him through the halls of CPIT School of Broadcasting and into the world of radio as a program assistant and DJ. We pick up the conversation over a flat white across for where Jamie currently works at Plains FM.

What drove you towards a career in radio?

Christchurch metal stalwarts Tainted are set to launch a brand album "Into Temptation" this month. They will be bringing their brutality to Dux Live with an official release show on Saturday June 13th. Door sales for the show are $10.00.

The RDU RoundUp finals were held last weekend at Dux Live, as Christchurch bands; Dead Rats, Moon Pup, Polo Sweater, Jed Parsons & His Friends and Hawaiian Maiden all battled it out for a swag of great prizes and the title of RoundUp champion for 2015. The level of musicianship, professionalism, and diversity shown at this year’s final was second to none. First place went to the soulful and sonic rocking grooves of Jed Parsons & His Friends. The bands front-man Jed had these comments about the bands RoundUp experience:

Our Sound is a series of interviews identifying with the Christchurch music industry, its people, and their story - Marc Royal

Taking the step to exit New Zealand in search of new musical horizons can be a daunting and often challenging experience. For many musicians the beckoning shores of Australia are often the first port of call, but not so for Christchurch duo The Response. They recently chose to take their well-crafted indie pop anthems all the way to Canada. I spoke with Andy and Victoria Knopp recently on making music in the land of ice hockey and maple syrup.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced a solo acoustic tour in November, with shows in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. The multi-Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated and acclaimed singer songwriter will perform here in Christchurch at The Isaac Theatre Royal on Friday 20th November. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday June 1st at 10am. Presale for Spark customers commences at midday on May 27th. For further info go to

The Songwriters in the Round show case returns to Alvarado's Cantina next Thursday 28th May. This popular concept features intimate musical performances and lyrical story telling from a selection of talented Christchurch artists. This round will present songs from Katie Thompson, Geoff Farmar, James Wilkinson, and Jon Hooker. The show starts at 7pm and admission is free.

Cairo Knife Fight return to New Zealand for a whirlwind tour to coincide with the release of their new EP The Colossus. CKF is the musical creation of renowned Christchurch musician and drummer Nick Gaffaney who is now based in Los Angeles. Joining him on this leg of the tour will be American Grammy winning guitarist George Pajon Jr. The band will perform in Christchurch at Dux Live on Saturday 30th May with support from local rock champions Von Voin Strum.

Rock N Rolla returns to Christchurch this Friday night with an epic lineup that includes; Von Voin Strum, The Easy Hearts, August Fields and Sign of the Firebird. Featuring over 4 hours of musical mayhem, this event will take place at leading music venue Allen Street Rock Club.

Great Kiwi Beer Festival

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is a day-long outdoor celebration of brewing in New Zealand, hosted by industry experts and featuring a range of over 300 local, national, and international beers.

Sample a world of brews from diverse locales spanning Europe, to America to Asia and back to the best of NZ. There is a big wide world of fantastic styles and flavours, enough to treat and delight everyone, even the most experienced of bearded beer-ficiandos.

A partnership of NZ's leading event creators and student associations. A festival dedicated to delivering a unique range of international acts that are worthy of headlining leading events worldwide.

Open to general public, as well as being an official orientation event, Hullabaloo is set to be the biggest March celebration in the country.

This coming March, a new breed of festival is born.


NERO (UK, DJ set)

MMF Awards logo

The New Zealand Music Managers Forum in association with NZ Music Commission and Recorded Music NZ are proud to present the 2015 Music Managers Awards.

The MMF Music Managers Awards celebrate the behind the scenes superstars of the New Zealand music industry. The managers who help some of New Zealand's favourite artists and bands achieve fantastic results both at home and internationally.

The following categories are now open for nomination:

• Manager of the Year
• International Achievement

Talk Later and Flava are extremely proud to be bringing MOBB DEEP with special quest DJ SKI BEATZ back to New Zealand for 3 shows this April for the 20th anniversary of their historic album "The Infamous"

Marlon Williams tour

Rising alt-country star Marlon Williams has released the video for his latest single Dark Child and will tour New Zealand in February with special guests Eb & Sparrow.

Filmed by Auckland-based production company Candlelit Pictures, the video is a play on the classic American cinema trope of a crime scene and a wayward son, bending it to a surreal conclusion. It is morbid, thought provoking, funny and often downright strange, capturing the ambiguity and sinister nature of the songs lyrics.

Tui trophy

The three recordings up for 2015 Best Jazz Album of the Year all feature multiple artists making for a collaborative, eclectic mix of finalists comprising some of New Zealand’s top jazz musicians.

Cricket World Cup Opening Event poster

The free event - held in Christchurch’s North Hagley Park - will be a celebration of host nation New Zealand and its passionate love of cricket and will feature appearances by New Zealand legends of the game Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming and current New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum.

The event will kick off at 6.30pm with a much-loved Kiwi pastime - a giant game of backyard cricket featuring local cricket teams, roving entertainers, and New Zealand cricketing heroes.

Swoon To Death

This coming Saturday, 14 Feb 2015, Wellington’s Valhalla plays host to a special Valentine’s Night of dark romanticism, with live music from emergent dark post -punk outfit Villain (Christchurch), swampy, noise-industrial dirges from Hog Haul Valentine (Auckland), angular, guitar-driven post-punk from No Why (Auckland), and local goth legends Disjecta Membra (Wellington). We also pay tribute to John Keats (1795-1821) and others, with performance poetry from Rosebud Garland, and visual projections from Izzy Joy.


The Lonesome Pine Specials

'The Lonesome Pine Specials' are an old-time music revival. They bring songs steeped in the musical tradition of Southern Americana. They lift their voices with an unadorned purity reminiscent of The Carter Family, and with an honest love of simplicity, they weave their banjo's and fiddle's with songs of Appalachia and tunes for the old dance halls. At times you will want to throw your feet to the boards and swing your partner beneath the stars and at others you will want to be still and listen to every lonesome lyric.

Skeptikal Dux Live Feb 28

As a DJ and producer whose natural passion for music in all its forms eventually spilled over into a full blown production habit, Skeptical has been responsible for some of the most damaging yet delicate tracks occupying the realms of current drum & bass.

LUSA Orientation 2015

LUSA presents Orientation 2015! This year is bigger and better than ever - now with TWO WEEKS chock-a-block, full of awesome events and heaps of giveaways.

Orientation 2015 is here to welcome the Freshies to campus, and to say welcome-back-and-we-missed-you, to you Hardened Veterans. With something for everyone, Orientation 2015 is definitely set to be the best one yet.

Mon 23 February - Comedy Night ft. Heath Franklin's Chopper

Te Matatini Kapa Haka festival North Hagley Park Christchurch March 4 2015

Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa, in conjunction with Waitaha rohe is proud to present Te Matatini 2015 - Christchurch.

From 5 - 8 March 2015, 45 teams representing the best kapa haka from New Zealand and Australia will compete for the honour of being crowned the best of the best.

The competition is held over four days and is the culmination of years of passionate commitment, dedication and hard work for thousands of kapa haka performers, their families and supporters.  

Hospitality NZ Tour Christchurch The Bedford CPSA

This March the Hospitality club experience lands on the shores of New Zealand, and is set to colonise eardrums with the worlds finest Drum & Bass music and Hospital Records trademark good vibes.

Starring Hospital Record’s artists Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y, Metrik and Dynamite MC headlining as the premier DnB delegation, this tour will be an aural and visual feast for Drum & Bass lovers.

Southern Shakedown

Bassfreaks and Cosmic are super stoked to announce the return of Southern Shakedown, an outdoor Electronic Bass Music Spectacle, held in the stunning southern ranges of the South Island, NZ.

This year Shakedown descents upon Glenfalloch Station, a beautiful High Country Station nestled in the heart of the rugged Southern Alps of NZ

Make sure you came prepared and bring ya sleeping apparatus because camping it totally free!!

Fully Licensed Bar
Food & Coffee Vendors
Bring warm clothes, torches, walking shoes, water, cash.