This Thursday at the Darkroom will be their first tag team, dual stage band event, featuring head to head battles between Psych Emergency, Pavement Saw, Mosquitones, and Brian Tamaki & The Kool Aid Kids. Free entry.

NZ On Air have just announced the Making Tracks funding outcomes for March 2016. There were 126 applications out of which 23 projects will receive funding. Congratulations to Christchurch artists Nakita, and Skelter and also to ex-pats Pacific Heights and Yumi Zouma.

RDU will be broadcasting live from the Museum this Saturday, as part of their 40th anniversary exhibition. You can catch Candice Milner live on stage at midday in the Special Exhibitions Hall.

Entries are now open for the In Tune 2016 song writing competition.

The winner of this competition will win $500 cash plus a $200 Musicworks voucher. There are also three runner-up prizes of $100 Musicworks vouchers.

Entry is free and open to all Year 12 and 13 students attending high school in Canterbury, and our own Music Arts students. Entries close 1 May 2016.

If your song is chosen as one of the 10 finalists, you'll be invited to perform it at the awards show in our Music Arts auditorium on 15 May where the winner will be announced.

A new opportunity is now available, for the commissioning and presentation of art music compositions.

In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund.

A total pool of AU$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program – designed to maximise the life of the work.

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) with support from Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission are proud to present a Back to Basic seminar in Christchurch for those who are new to management and wish to learn about the fundamentals of the music industry.

The Back to Basics seminar will focus on all the useful information new managers need to know including contracts, setting up your band’s business, how to put together a strategic plan, marketing and promotion, collating a press pack, as well as advice on how to plan an album release and putting together a tour.

Avalanche City have just announced their upcoming 'The Little Fire' Tour. They will be here in Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal Saturday 28 May. Tickets will be on sale Monday March 21st.

UK legends Buzzcocks return to New Zealand shores for a series of concerts in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch – as part of their 40th anniversary world tour.

The Christchurch show is on this Friday night at the Foundry Bar at Canterbury University.

Buzzcocks trademark mix of hi-energy guitars and pop smarts resulted in some of the greatest songs of the punk-era: Ever Fallen in Love, What Do I Get, Love You More, timeless tracks that resonate over and over with younger generations.

Grammy-Award winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are set to return to New Zealand this July with a show in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena. More than three years after releasing their Grammy-winning debut album The Heist - featuring worldwide smash hits ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Same Love’ - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are back with their official sophomore LP, titled This Unruly Mess I've Made, released globally February 26.

My Ticketek Pre-sale starts at 1pm tomorrow.


1 Drop Nation are taking their unique blend of funk, rock, and soul flavoured sounds to Kaikoura this month. The show will be held at The Adelphi Hotel and tickets are available now through Cosmic and also from the venue. This is going to be a massive night with special guest DJ Hadlee in support.

The Canterbury Folk Music Festival is an annual event, held for the wider Canterbury Communities and designed to facilitate a family orientated music festival promoting relaxation, music, education and the arts. There are Concerts and Workshops to suit all genres of music and all age groups. A supervised Children's Programme and Teen activities also run throughout the duration of the festival.

On Nov 27th, 2015, BeatBox rehearsal space in central Christchurch launched a series of filmed recording sessions called BoxFresh Live! in conjunction with SuchCrowd, Rick Harvie from Belmont Productions, and Ben Delaney from The Sitting Room.

Some useful information and advice on offer here, on how to license your music to film and television. There is a free ebook available to download by registering at the following website:

GKBF have just announced their music line-up for this year’s event. Kiwi rock legend Jordan Luck will be performing a set of Exponents hits with his full live band. Plus following on from his 2015 solo tour, Shihad’s Jon Toogood will be performing a solo set of Shihad tracks and other favourite tunes. Six time NZ Music Award Winners, The Phoenix Foundation return to Christchurch with their blend of richly detailed pop music, along with multi- platinum artist Hollie Smith. Local songstress Amiria Grenell rounds out the festival line-up.

It’s been a busy few months for Soulsystem, with festival appearances up and down the country, live studio gigs and the release of a brand new single titled “Believe”. The bands new track is collaboration with Tiki Taane and is available to purchase now on Itunes.

You can also view some of their recent studio sessions here:

Here is the latest single from Christchurch duo Terrible Sons. The song is titled “Tears Don’t Fall” and it’s another beautifully haunting ballad from the very talented Matt & Lauren Barus. The song can be purchased now on Itunes. The video for “Tears Don’t Fall” was shot here in Christchurch by Snorkel Creative Video.

One of the few guitarists in the world officially recognised by the Hendrix family is coming to New Zealand for the first time…announcing The Hendrix Revolution Tour with Randy Hansen.

Playing the Isaac Theatre Royal on Thursday, May 19th. Pre-sale tickets are available NOW from General sale tickets on sale Monday March 7th, 9am.

Here they are the first Making Tracks funding recipients of 2016.

Over 150 artists submitted their songs this month, with 23 projects receiving funding. There were a number of current and ex-pat Christchurch artists who were successful including; Ladi6, Yumi Zouma, Shapeshifter, and Nadia Reid.

Skymachine have just released a video for their latest single Land of Black Gold. Created by Skymachine and a group of friends, the clip was shot amongst earthquake ruins here in Christchurch, where parts of a once vibrant city have turned into an eerie wasteland.

Celebrate 40 years of iconic Christchurch radio station, RDU98.5FM in a new exhibition at Canterbury Museum opening 18 March 2016.

Alternative Radio: RDU98.5FM since 1976, charts the history of the South Island’s longest-running independent radio station, starting with its birth on 23 February 1976 for a few short weeks during student orientation at the University of Canterbury.

It all began in the early 90’s for a budding young photographer named Joshua Duncan, in a soon to be famous city called Seattle. He rubbed shoulders at parties with bands like Mudhoney, Nirvana and Soundgarden as they were still forging their musical careers, whilst he himself, was trying to edge his way into the competitive world of photography.

Fast forward a few years and countless rolls of film and Joshua has crossed the globe and settled here in Christchurch, which he now calls home.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 MMF 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:

Recorded Music NZ Manager of the Year

NZ Music Commission International Achievement

Best Independent Tour

APRA AMCOS Best Small Venue

Radio station RDU celebrates a milestone 40th birthday today. As part of the festivities RDU will be hosting a day of specialist shows, live to air performances and giveaways at their studio on St Asaph Street. Congratulations team!

Under the Radar and Tauranga Music Sux are pleased to present Grant Hart of Husker Du fame for a series of concerts across New Zealand in February. Included in the tour will be an intimate show at the Darkroom Bar in Christchurch.

On Nov 27th, 2015, BeatBox rehearsal space in central Christchurch launched a series of filmed recording sessions called BoxFresh Live! in conjunction with SuchCrowd, Rick Harvie from Belmont Productions, and Ben Delaney from The Sitting Room.

The debut BoxFresh Live! session features the exceptionally talented Katie Thompson, No Broadcast and Matty Smith who were each invited to perform an unplugged set in front of a live audience. 

View the full videos here:

iHeartRadio New Zealand & Radio Hauraki are thrilled to announce American indie-rock band Cold War Kids will be giving a free live performance on Friday, March 18 at The Bedford in Christchurch.Thanks to iHeartRadio NZ and 2degrees you have a chance to win tickets to this exclusive show featuring Cold War Kids, who will be supported by local band Knives at Noon. Enter the competition below or and go in the draw.

Congratulations to Marlon Williams and Nadia Reid whose albums have made the top 8 for the 2016 Taite Music Prize. Other finalists include SJD, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Princess Chelsea, The Phoenix Foundation, Anthonie Tonnon, and SILICON. This year's winner will be announced on April 20.

Here is the trailer for an exciting new project that Chart & BeatBox have been working on. The Box Fresh Live Sessions will be officially launching on Friday 19th February and the first edition will feature performances from Katie Thompson, Matty Smith, and No Broadcast. Special thanks to our sponsors and production team for making this possible. Tune in this Friday!

Hard hitting, rock and blues outfit Black Fox Trio have just released their brand new single GIANTS. The track was funded by NZ On Air and is a catchy, groove laden tune which was recorded at The Sitting Room by Ben Edwards. The video was shot by Rick Harvie at Belmont Productions.

One of the hottest and most in-demand drum & bass acts in the world right now, DC Breaks return to Australia and New Zealand hot off the back of their massive new single ‘Breathe’. Joining them will be fellow label-mate Frankee, who is embarking on his highly anticipated Australia/NZ debut. This is going to be one of the biggest drum & bass tours to hit Australasia in 2016 and you can catch these musical heavyweights in action at Winnie Bagoes in Christchurch on Saturday 27th March.

Local radio heroes RDU are reaching a landmark 40 year anniversary of being on air. The station is planning a special celebration on February 23rd so stay tuned to their events page on Facebook for further announcements.