Battle of the Bands National Championship 2012

Battle of the Bands National Championship is NZ’s largest R18 Band competition; events take place nationwide, allowing bands throughout the country to take part.

Entries are open now.

Friday, 1 June 2012 - 7:30am
The Adults with CSO @ CBS Arena

Building on their reputation for innovative and adventurous collaborations with contemporary music artists the CSO is delighted to present an evening with The Adults.

The Ragamuffin Roadtrip

Some of the world's hottest reggae artists will embark on the very first Raggamuffin Roadtrip in May and June.

Raggamuffin Roadtrip will kick off on Thursday 31 May in Auckland at the Telstra Clear Event Centre, Manukau, followed by dates in Christchurch, Porirua, Hastings and Rotorua.

Fleur Jack and Katie Thompson met while both kiwi songwriters were crowdfunding for their albums on the website Sellaband. The two have released their respective albums and after many messages between them, they're taking their songs on the road to promote the releases and give you a taste of what they've been working on.

Bang Bang Eche support Tommy Ill in Christchurch this May


Agwa, Under The Radar, 95bFM, Radio Active, & RDU present the New Hat & A Haircut Album Release Parties, thanks to Burger Fuel & EMI.

In a last ditch effort to save Tommy and his gang from the grips of craft and drugs, they’ve decided to hit the road this May and party with a hodgepodge of New Zealand’s most exciting indie acts including Bang Bang Eche, Spring Break, Golden Axe & Wilberforces for the New Hat And A Haircut release parties.

American Kristina Olsen comes back to NZ

Kristina Olsen will be performing at the Christchurch Folk Music Club on Sunday 22nd April at 7.30 pm.

RDU Roundup

RDU 98.5fm and Dux Live in association with Jack Daniels is proud to present: RDU Roundup Band Competition 2012

Let it be decreed, in the two thousandth and twelfth year of our Lord, during the month of June, all bards, minstrels, maidens & wenches of Canterbury shall come together and do battle to the musical death at The Dux Live.

Flight of the Conchords are pleased to announce that ticket proceeds after costs from their Christchurch show, with very special guest Arj Barker, on Tuesday 26 June at Christchurch's CBS Canterbury Arena, will be donated to Cholmondeley Children's Charity and to the restoration and repair of the Isaac Theatre Royal.

MMF and APRA present an open discussion with APRA award winner, NZ post childrens book award winner, self managed, self produced singer songwriter and book publisher, Craig Smith at DCCR main concert room, top floor, CPIT Jazz School in Christchurch on Thursday 26 April at 1pm

An hour long forum where Craig talks about his pragmatic and extremely practical approach to his work as a solo musician.

Tui award-winning musician Anika Moa will kick off NZ Music Month in Christchurch on May 1st with the official launch at the Rakaia Centre Atrium and then headline a one off show at Dux Live the following night.

Love Christchurch  A Seismic Selection Of Music From Christchurch

Proceeds to rebuild music facilities in Christchurch after the devastating earthquake of February 2011.

The NZ Music Commission in association with Christchurch Music Industry Trust (CHART) and the REAL NZ Festival have compiled and produced Love Christchurch - a compilation of Canterbury artists to raise funds for building and operating a central rehearsal space  for Christchurch.

Find out more about Beatbox here -

New Zealand All-Star Musical Group 'All My Brothers'

‘Find A Way’ - the debut single from New Zealand’s all-star musical outfit All My Brothers - will be released on Monday, April 16 and the band has released a special teaser video clip where fans can see a snippet of the music video prior to its release. 

Including Francis Kora (Kora), Marcus Powell (Blindspott/Blacklist) and Ben Campbell (Zed, Atlas), All My Brothers is a stellar line-up who, with their first release, are throwing their weight behind a worthy cause – tackling binge drinking in young people.

dDub, one of Aotearoa’s most loved bands is sending it on back with their upcoming New Zealand Tour. The ‘Send it on Back Tour’ will be hitting Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch throughout April and May.The tour will also highlight the release of dDub’s new single ‘Send it on Back’ with a free download of the single given away with every presale ticket purchased.


The future of kiwi music is tuning up in the wings, fittingly ready to emerge right during New Zealand Music Month.

Smokefreerockquest, New Zealand's only nationwide, live, original music competition gets underway with Nelson heats on Friday 11 May, the first of 45 regional heats and finals, leading towards the national final at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Saturday 22 September.

Award winning Cantabrian Phil Garland

Phil Garland will be performing at the Christchurch Folk Music Club on Sunday 15th April at 7.30 pm.

Born and bred Cantabrian, Phil Garland seems to have been around forever and is a highly respected Kiwi folksinger-songwriter and entertainer who has spent a lifetime researching, collecting, writing and performing, during which time he has often been described as A National Living Treasure and New Zealand's foremost and finest heritage balladeer.

There are a lot of misconceptions about what a music manager does so the Annual Music Managers Awards aims to recognise the reality... along with dispelling a few of the myths along the way.

The MMF and PPNZ have extended nominations till Sunday 8 April for music managers that have shown excellence in the following categories.

The Tiny Lies and Marlon Williams support Steve Abel

Steve Abel will play a rare solo set in Lyttleton on 12 April by way of Anointing the newly reopened Wunderbar.

He will be supported by the very fine stark tones of alt-folksters The Tiny Lies who are Charlotte Ivey and Harley Williams.

The night will be splendidly opened by the whiskey soaked country ballads of Marlon Williams of The Unfaithful Ways.

$15 on the doors which will open 7.30 for start-time of 8pm.


The countdown is almost over for jazz aficionados, with the start of the New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival now just days away.

Tickets have been selling strongly for the Christchurch festival which had to be cancelled last year because of the quakes.

Big Break

Three Christchurch bands have made the top 10 in a competition run by Hauraki to vote in a band to open for INXS when they play Hamilton this month. Pieces Of Molly, The Easy Hearts and Von Voin Strum have all made Hauraki's top picks out of a 'huge number' of entries.

The Dirty Sweets
Zodiac Gods
Von Voin Strum
Sonic Altar
Pieces Of Molly
The Easy Hearts

Invader Cain
Rival State

Blues artist Big Daddy Wilson tours NZ with back to the roots acoustic blues, accompanied by old bandmate and good friend Steve “Guitar” Gilles. Catch them at Dux Live on 25 April and the Norwester Cafe in Amberley on 26 April.