The New Zealand Music Managers Forum is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 MMF Music Managers Awards!

The MMF Music Managers Awards have become one of the most important events in the New Zealand music industry calendar. Held annually, the awards celebrate the behind the scenes work of the music managers who oversee some of our most acclaimed artist’s careers, both at home and internationally.

The following categories are now open for nomination:


Due to construction work being completed on site BeatBox will be temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to having everyone back making music again soon!

GROOVEFEST V, NZs Annual Riff Worship Event Saturday 28th January 2017

The Embankment 181 Ferry Rd – Christchurch

Tickets available from

Event info:


Armed In Advance

Quinn The Human


Smokin' Voodoo



Early Bird 1 tickets are just $99.90 (+ booking fee), but they are only available until 11pm tonight, so hit Dash Tickets now before the price goes up!




The first official Live House Concert # 1 after 10 years of hosting live music concerts from Cashmere Road. Gary Hendrikse has provided a wonderful opportunity through Radius Kink Music to discover and support local musicians in Christchurch. There are three amazing acts for you on the 22nd December 2016 and we start our first act at 6.00pm. There will be a 10-15 minute intermission to set up our next act. The concert will finish at 10.00pm some refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks for your own enjoyment.

Here is the lineup:

There's a great opportunity for keen music producers coming to Auckland very soon: the New Zealand Music Producer Series, and APRA are excited to announce that we have a scholarship available to enable one talented individual to attend.

Hosted by producer Greg Haver and supported by NZ On Air, Recorded Music New Zealand, and APRA AMCOS, the event is bringing two internationally renowned producers and engineers to Auckland, to give a series of masterclasses at Roundhead Studios from January 16 - 20.

Flamboyant English hard-rockers The Darkness have announced their first ever New Zealand tour – with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in April 2017 – and they will be joined by Kiwi legends Push Push, reforming after 24 years!

Relive the classics from The Darkness’ outstanding debut album, Permission To Land (2003) right through to their most recent album, Last Of Our Kind. Expect gems like “I Believe In A Thing Called Love“, “Growing On Me“, “Love Is Only A Feeling“, “One Way Ticket” and many more.

Pieces Of Molly make a long overdue return to the local rock scene this weekend at Churchills Live. The band have been through some line-up changes in recent times and are now ready to unleash their full throttle rock n roll show. Joining the band in support will be Smokin’ Voodoo and Enfire and entry is free.

Blue Smoke & The Brewery present; TEN GOOD ROUNDS

Celebrating one whole decade of THE EASTERN

Featuring performances from;

THE EASTERN - THE WARRATAHS - MANOS DEL CHANGO (aka Delaney Davidson & Nicole Garcia) - LINDON PUFFIN - REB FOUNTAIN - EB & SPARROW - Al Park - Ben Brown - Lil 'Chuck - Emma Cameron - The Roaring Days - & more..


Entry is $20 + a non perishable food item.
Children under 13 are free.

Soulsystem and Troy Kingi are performing a double headliner at Bluesmoke in the Tannery on December the 2nd.

Troy Kingi will be playing for the first time in Christchurch his live band, and will be performing songs from his new album, which is due out this month.

Soulsystem will also be performing at this show as part of their summer tour. The band will also be featuring new material and special guests.

Tickets are available from Cosmic Ticketing.

We are pleased to launch BoxFresh Live #3! Filmed and recorded last month at the Isaac Theatre Royal this latest session featured performances from Volts, Salad Boys, and Soulsystem. The aim of these events is to create global exposure for Christchurch music. The show was all captured live by our local production team and the end result is 6 stunning song performances.

You can view all the videos on our Facebook page:

Electric Avenue Music Festival returns to Hagley Park for a third epic installment on Saturday 25th February 2017. This year will see the introduction of the CHART local stage. Early Bird tickets are available Wednesday 23rd November from Dash Tickets.

Want a career in the music industry? Come down to the MAINZ Open Night on 18 Nov 2017. Check out the DJ and Electronic Music Production, Live Sound and Audio programmes for 2017!

Less than 2 weeks to go...Final Tickets on Sale Now!

 $79 (+booking fee) -

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to win tickets.


Live in The Park is All Ages - if you are under the age of 16 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ages 14 and under are free!

There will be a selection of food vendors on site serving a diverse range of meals and snacks, including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Christchurch based singer/songwriter Bryony Matthews is pleased to release her debut single 'Voices' from her forthcoming album Little Queen, due out in early 2017.

Matthews writes unique, considered, lyrics-focused folk-pop offerings, with her band lending an upbeat ambiance to the songs.

Says Matthews, "Voices was written in 2015 at a very confused time in my life, and while the lyrics are full of angst and confusion, the instrumentation picks it up and turns it into an upbeat and danceable track."

The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Concert Tour is coming to Christchurch Tuesday, November 22 at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The show will be starring the band's musical genius Garth Hudson & also feature the original music director John Simon + Sister Maude Hudson. They will be joined by an ensemble of our own great artists and musicians; Barry Saunders, Paul Ubana Jones, Kevin Borich, Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, Adam McGrath.

THE BAND – THE BADS; Brett Adams, Dianne Swann, Dave Khan, Mike Hall, Wayne Bell and Paddy Milner.

Fresh from a successful tour of Europe and the UK, Christchurch alt-folk artist Nadia Reid has announced a five-date tour of New Zealand.

You can view her brand new video 'Reaching Through' from the debut album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs.

Nadia's upcoming tour will see her joined by Sam Taylor.

Tour dates:




Thursday 17th November, Wine Cellar, Auckland

Three years since the release of their last album, "zero-one", Christchurch atmospheric-rock trio Troika are back with a new release titled "My brain is a receiver". 

Sonically following on in a similar fashion to the largely instrumental "zero-one", the band has nonetheless reintroduced more of a focus on vocal-led melodies, with all three members contributing. The songwriting again journeys between quiet, melodic mood-pieces to longer, dynamic passages that build to a crashing 'wall of sound' crescendo.

Lyttelton singer songwriter Candice Milner is set to release her debut album on November 11th. Candice has been working hard on the record and is looking forward to touring the country to support the release.

“For the past year I have been perfecting a set of my own songs, I am thrilled with the outcome and can't wait for you all to hear it.”- Candice

You can pre-order 'Evergreen' on iTunes here:

The Wendys have a single release party coming up at Blue Smoke on Saturday 5th November. Supporting them on the night will be surf rock band Hawaiian Maiden and DJ Dick Martin.

Prizes for best Hawaiian shirt/skirt.

Tickets $10 at the door.



With five weeks to go until the 51st Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards it’s time to reveal the Tui finalists at NZ’s biggest night in entertainment.


First up for this year’s Tui contenders are pop group Broods. Their sophomore album Conscious dropped in June 2016 and was hugely popular both here and overseas.


Looking for somewhere to rehearse with your band, write music, or just be creative? Come and experience BeatBox! For all enquiries go to 

For anyone out there with an interest in audio engineering and music production, MAINZ will be hosting an open day this Saturday at their city campus. 

Astoundingly unpublished after 15 years ‘Artificial Selections’ began as a post millennium concept created by Mike Petrie & James Meharry in the summer of 2001. Carefully re-mastered over a decade later this never-been-released collection continues to speak from the past, present and future. Deep jungle break beats reference funk and hip-hop origins of the 1980’s. Block party breaks wrapped up in hardcore tomes from a 90’s rave generation, with sinusoidal sub-bass rhythms pulsing x-way visions through bodies from a distant dance floor.

There were 176 applications received by NZ On Air in the latest round of New Music Funding. The following recipients were awarded funding.

Anthonie Tonnon, Armed In Advance, B O K E H, Bakers Eddy, Beachspeaker, Clap Clap Riot, Dave Weir, Diaz Grimm, I AM GIANT, Jon Lemmon, Jupiter Project, Kings, Louis Baker, Miloux, Mt Eden Official, Nadia Reid, Nakita Music, nomad, RaizaBiza, Shakes, The Map Room, The Upbeats, Theia, TRUTH and Yoko-Zuna!

Applications for November are currently open, which is last funding round of the year.

Congratulations to Guy Dooney & The Battlers for winning the Canterbury University Tunesoc music competition at the Foundry last night. The self-described “simple country lads from the Hawkes Bay” were reminiscent of a young Cat Stevens and showed great potential. Sam Thomas and the Music Club team (Tunesoc) hosted a great event, with a high calibre of performers. 

Devilskin will be joined by Grammy Award Winning Hard Rock band Halestorm to deliver an incredible double headline tour of New Zealand, from 31st Dec - 8th January.

Included in the tour will be a massive New Year’s Eve show here in Christchurch in Cathedral Square.

Rising stars in the NZ rock scene City Of Souls will be supporting Devilskin on all dates of the tour. Local hard rock heroes Stonehurst will open the shows for the South Island leg of the tour.

Late last year, BeatBox Studios in Christchurch launched a series of filmed recording sessions called BoxFresh Live!  We are now pleased to announce the next installment of this series, featuring all new artists and coming to you live from the Gloucester Room at the prestigious Isaac Theatre Royal.

Wellington singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver has won New Zealand's top song writing award for his song If I Move to Mars. The Apra Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in song writing and has, in the past, gone to some of the biggest names in New Zealand music.

The unholy high priest of psychobilly, The Reverend Horton Heat makes his first visit to New Zealand for a series of high octane shows this October.

Nominations are now open for Best Folk Album 2017!


Entry for this award is open to recordings released between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.


Entries must be submitted to Recorded Music NZ before 5pm on Wednesday 26 October.


To view the full Terms & Conditions of entry for Best Folk Album please follow the link to the nominations site here