After performing and collaborating with artists in Los Angeles and closer to home, Christchurch group Skymachine will release their debut EP Young Guns, at  Lyttelton’s Wunderbar  this Saturday.

Blending together falsetto melodies and glamorous beats, Skymachine’s Young Guns explores the fascination society has with eternal youth, being forever young, and coming to terms with growing up.

SURF - Strategic Urban Rejuvenation Force are pleased to present one of Aotearoa’s finest live acts! The Nudge will be performing at New Brighton Club on Friday 29th July as part of a local fundraising initiative. Profits raised from this show will go into the SURF - Keep Central New Brighton pool open fund.

Voices Co Mid-Year intake is coming up and they have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for Terms 3 and 4, come audition and be a part of Christchurch's first Contemporary A Cappella Academy!

To register for an audition head to:

Musicworks Christchurch is presenting a guitar clinic tomorrow night with international player Jack Thammarat. Jack is best known as the winner of Guitar Idol 2009 competition. His Youtube channel has amassed over 31 million views, and has over 89,000 followers. 

80’s Christchurch alternative rock outfit The Androidss play a rare reunion show this Friday night at Churchills. Tickets are only $10 and doors open at 9pm. Local support from EgoValve.

Katchafire return from sell out shows in the U.S for a New Zealand winter tour including a show in Christchurch at The Bedford on July 15th. Local lads Soulsystem will be the support act. Tickets on sale now.

RDU have expanded the way they source their music content and there are some new additions to the programming process. As of 20th June 2016, the station has moved to a specialist curatorial team to broaden the scope and effectiveness in play listing A-rotate.

The new music curators are: Brian Feary (Melted Ice Cream, host of The Sheep Technique on RDU, member of The Dance Asthmatics/T54/X-Ray Charles/Wurld Series)

Dave Imlay (Owner of Galaxy Records, member of Into The Void/No Exit/Les Baxters)

Gemma Syme (Content Manager at RDU, Instant Fantasy)

SXSW Showcasing Artists benefit from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year. Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of Austin's famous live music venues for 30,000 industry reps, 3,000 media members, and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from all over the world.

The last Making Tracks funding round has just been completed and the grant recipients announced. The Making Tracks scheme has been a great way for NZ On Air to fund many diverse artists and songs over the last five years. The New Music funding scheme officially starts tomorrow and will aim to offer more flexible support to a range of artists.

For the past month or so Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine has been hiding away in the studio recording his long awaited second album.

Li’l Chuck is eager to release these fledgling songs out into the big bad world and Blue Smoke has exclusive opportunity to hear the album live for the very first time - way before it is released!

This show will an intimate and relaxed evening featuring all the new tracks plus the old favourites.

Independent Music New Zealand is proud to announce that the GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2016 will be held in Auckland this September 2nd – 4th.

Performing Artist applications are now open at and will close at 12noon, Monday, August 1st 2016.

Here is the second round of artist videos from our recent BoxFresh Live! sessions # 2. Thanks to all our sponsors, artists, and supporters who have contributed to making this event such a success. We look forward to presenting BFL # 3 later this year. Stay tuned for details!

View the latest videos here:

Team PledgeMe are road tripping from Invercargill to Kerikeri this winter. We’re doing this to talk shop in all the regions about how companies and organisations can raise funds to grow through equity crowdfunding and crowdlending.

Earlier this year we started CrowdfundingU, which is a six-session programme to helps companies ready themselves to raise capital through their crowds. So to kick the winter semester off we’re bringing the first of these sessions to Christchurch…

There's a catch for us to come to your town...

Band competitions, they present an interesting proposition, pitting musician against musician, creating allies and rivalries and ultimately awarding someone with a title of being the best of the best.

Rollicking and rolling out of the woolliest corners of Auckland’s wild west, it’s The Nukes, New Zealand’s most feared and revered original ukulele trio.

Comprised of Dave “Fingers of fire” Parker, David “Snapper” Thiele and Benjamin “Country boy” Collier, The Nukes have a reputation for reckless and riveting live shows where a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk is caressed, coaxed and beaten out of three innocent wee ukuleles.   

Nominations for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016 are now open. Unless otherwise specified, nominations are open to NZ recordings released during the eligibility period of 1 July 2015 - 31 July 2016


Terms and Conditions of Entry

You can view 2016 Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions here:


Album streaming figures, revised certification criteria and new Heatseeker charts will be introduced into the official NZ Music Charts today 17 June 2016.

Streaming in the NZ Albums Charts...




Late last year, BeatBox rehearsal space in Christchurch launched and hosted a series of intimate gigs which were filmed, recorded and released as BoxFresh Live! We are now very proud to release the next series of gigs, this time featuring all new artists, and a different location over at our neighbour’s place, inside Sawtooth Studios. Our aim with this second instalment is to present a lush production in a beautiful, intimate studio setting. Each time we aim to present something specifically unique for the bands, audiences and those following each BoxFresh Live!

It’s no secret that NZ’s resident pop song-book connoisseur Lawrence Arabia has a penchant for penning earworms at once inspired and unsettling. His 2009 single Apple Pie Bed took out the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, positioning Mr Arabia (real name James Milne) in the great Kiwi song hall of fame. 

Gareth Thomas (the song writing powerhouse from Goodshirt) is due to release his brand new solo record Fizzy Milk on June 17th, and he's heading out on the road to play a couple of shows in support of it. Gareth will be starting the whirlwind three-stop tour from July 1st in Wellington, visiting Christchurch on July 2nd, and back up home to Auckland on July 8th. Joining Gareth will be support act The Map Room.

NZ On Air’s support for new music is changing to recognise the fast changing nature of audience behaviour, and to better connect audiences with local music.

For the last five years NZ On Air has supported music through the Making Tracks funding scheme, which has allowed artists to apply for funding for recording singles and music videos. The New Music schemes, to be in place from 1 July, create two different paths to funding and allow more flexibility.

Songwriters around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition.

This prestigious international contest offers a first prize of A$50,000, second prize of A$10,000 and third prize of A$5,000. Previous prize winners include Kimbra, Gotye and The Preatures.

Apply here:

Ma Bell & Guests present an evening of acoustic urban folk & country blues, funky jazz & burlesque mingled with elements of vaudevillian and music hall theatre to encourage a little bodacious frivolity. Ma Bells guests include Miss Bonita Danger Doll, James Wilkinson & Jon Maxim Hooker, The Blues Mamas and Radius. This is a BYO cabaret style seated event. Bookings Recommended.

Soulsystem are currently on tour of the South Island to celebrate the release of their latest single Fly High. You can catch them this Saturday night at the Hilltop Tavern.

Ever wanted to know more about the music industry – how it works, who to talk to, what you need, why things happen and where you should look for help?

We are planning a get together in Christchurch called Going Local. It's an informal way for you to meet with some established people already working in the music industry, who can offer advice and knowledge that will help to answer some of those questions above. It is also a chance for us to get to know you and hear about your own sound and vision for the future.

The finalists for RoundUp 2016 have been announced, Idris, Smokin' Voodoo, Dead Rats, St Peter's Thursday, and Emily & Georgie have all made it to the grand finale at The Darkroom on Saturday 11th June.

Musicworks Weekend Warriors is New Zealand's most exciting music programme aimed at getting enthusiastic musicians into performing in bands and living the dream. 

There's nothing like turning up the volume and playing in a band! As part of the Weekend Warriors Band Programme we'll provide you with weekly rehearsals with; P.A., drums, and amplifiers all ready to go. You will be in a band with other Warriors of a similar level and musical interests. Along with this a professional tutor will assist you to bring it all together over a period of eight weeks.

Dubbed at the ‘Wurst” festival ever, this show is a fundraising initiative for a good cause with all the proceeds going to Canteen. The event has a great line up and a broad mix of style with; Blues Professor, Themeta, August Fields, and Terror Tapes all performing.

BoxFresh Live! Session 2 is done and dusted. Last Saturday night was a sell out at Sawtooth Studios, with an exceptional line up of Christchurch artists on display. We look forward to presenting the completed video from the event in the coming weeks for all to view. Thanks to all our sponsors, the awesome production team and August Fields, Decades, & Skelter for making it such a success. 

NZ Musician magazine is celebrating NZ Music Month with a crowd funding campaign to help fund the design of an entirely new website platform. NZM editor Richard Thorne describes it as the 27-year old magazine’s most important re-invention yet – developing an exciting future online presence – in combination with a readily accessible archive of the local music industry’s recent past.