Brothers Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson have won the 2015 Apra Silver Scroll Award for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra song Multi-Love. The psychedelic pop song is the title track from UMO's latest album.

Coming up soon at Dux Live - Decknology the South Islands premiere DJ competition. This fierce battle at the decks was designed to provide all DJs and Producers experience and exposure in the live mix environment and to find the best damn DJ in the Garden City. Decknology 2015 rolls out with 4 heats followed by 2 genre bending semi-finals and then a grand final on Thursday 12th November.

Electric Avenue music festival returns to Christchurch next February and the first round of line up announcements have just been released. Thievery Corporation, The Correspondents, Boy & Bear, The Opiuo Band, The Cuban Brothers, Katchafire, and The Upbeats are all confirmed for the Waitangi Day Festival and tickets will be on sale soon!

Iron Maiden will play at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on April 29, and at Auckland's Vector Arena on May 1, with support from London metal band, The Raven Age. Tickets go on sale midday Thursday, September 24, available through Ticketek for Christchurch and Ticketmaster for Auckland.

Anyone considering furthering their musical education? CPIT Music Arts program are taking applications now for 2016 enrollment. The new degree offers a wide range of options including; contemporary performance, electronic performance, jazz, arranging and composition, and music industry training.

2015 Silver Scroll finalist and Fly My Pretties star Mel Parsons brings her stellar show home to Canterbury this October for a special performance in the peerless beauty that is the newly refurbished Isaac Theatre Royal.


Christchurch musical success story Marlon Williams is set to embark on an extensive world tour taking his soulful, folk country pop music to various parts of the globe. Catch him before he heads away in Christchurch this October for an intimate Church performance with Delaney Davidson, Tami Neilson, and Barry Saunders.

The Lost Highway Church Tour 2015

Veteran Aussie rockers Cold Chisel have announced two New Zealand gigs for December, including their first in the South Island since 1983.

Their One Night Stand tour will follow the October 2 release of new album The Perfect Crime, featuring the single Lost which has been released on Friday to radio and TV.

The band will play at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on December 4.

New Zealand's Supergroove will support Cold Chisel.

The first ever Christchurch Drum Off competition was held at Dux Live last week. With over 120 people in attendance 10 great drummers all went head to head to show off their stick skills behind the kit. It was a close fought battle which was ultimately won by Andy Gibbs from band The River Jones. Andy won herself; a Paiste Cymbal pack worth $1000 from Musicworks, Aquarian Drum Skins, and free rehearsal time at BeatBox. Congratulations Andy!

Anyone out there interested in a career in music audio? MAINZ are hosting an open night this month, come and check out the facilities, talk to tutors about their great Audio, Live Sound, DJing and Electronic Music Production programmes.

Wednesday 16 September, 7–9pm
191 high street, cbd, Christchurch &
Wednesday 23 September, 7–9pm
19 king Edward Terrace, Woolston, Christchurch

For the full schedule visit

Making Tracks music funding grants for August have just been announced. Successful recipients from Christchurch included Doprah, Terrible Sons, and ex-pats Shapeshifter.

Hardworking Christchurch indie rock outfit No Broadcast are currently crowd funding to raise money for a new record. You can find out more information and support them here:


Dream pop outfit Yumi Zouma have announced two headline shows in New Zealand for September as part of a wider antipodean tour. The Christchurch-formed group were last in the country in May when they undertook a string of shows with Doprah, but with the band being spread across the globe the opportunities to see them are few and far between. Here are the details for their upcoming performances on home soil, which will also include an appearance at the inaugural The Other's Way festival in Auckland

Sunday 6th September, Darkroom, Christchurch

Musical heavyweights Beastwars and Jakob are set to shake the foundations of Allen Street rock club on Friday 2nd October. The headliner for the tour will be determined by a coin toss. Tickets are on sale from and this one is bound to be a sell-out.

Stonehurst are looking for people to appear in their upcoming video for the bands new single 'Can’t Get Away'. The video will be filmed at Allen Street Rock Club and attendees will need to be 18+. For more details check out the poster attached or you can contact the band via their Facebook.

Want to play harmonica? We have a workshop coming up soon....Christchurch's very own Harmonica crusader, Davey from Backyard Music (aka Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine & The Harmonica Guy) will teach you everything you need to know to get inspired...From Dylan to The Blues!

Whether you are a novice, a dabbler, or maybe want to lift your game a little more, this interactive, informative and relaxed workshop is absolutely for you.


NZ On Air has just announced the latest round of Making Tracks funding for July. Congratulations to Decades (ex Ashei) for picking up recording and video funding for their new single Terrified.