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.

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AhoriBuzz hit town this week as part of their Nation of the State tour. Friday night’s show at Dragons Den has sold out but limited tickets are still available for their Thursday night show in Christchurch and also Saturday night at the Hilltop in Akaroa. Show and ticketing info available at

Legendary horror punk act Misfits are heading back to New Zealand at the end of the year for three shows. The December concerts will see the American trio performing tracks from their classic albums Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983) and Static (recorded 1978, released 1997). Last time the group was on these shores was early 2014, so if you missed them then definitely make sure you catch them this time round. Misfits will play at Allen Street in Christchurch on Thursday December 3rd.

Are you a performing artist who has proven you have the talent, experience and drive to make it in the music world? Perhaps you are in search of the chance to make that next step on your path to success.

If you're pursuing music as your career, SXSW might be the place to reach the next rung of the ladder. Around 2,000 acts from numerous countries, a plethora of genres and in varying stages of their career perform each year. 

Calling all drummers, Musicworks is hosting a competition to find the best drummer in Christchurch! If you have what it takes to go head to head and battle it out with the best and be crowned king of the kit, then sign up now in store at 569 Colombo Street. There is over $1500 in prizes up for grabs including Paiste cymbals and free rehearsal time at BeatBox.

Fresh from sold out shows across Australia, 2014 X Factor Australia runner-up and alternative rock and blues singer/songwriter Dean Ray is heading to New Zealand for three one off shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Playing an intimate show in a specially created pop up performance space for one night only, are Auckland's Dictaphone Blues in a rare stripped back performance, 2015 RDU Roundup winners Jed Parson's & His Friends, Otago's dream-pop sound of French for Rabbits and rising folk-pop songwriter Bryony Matthews. The Attic is located in the old gallery space above C1 Espresso. Craft beer and wine will be available thanks to Ghost Brewery and The Third Man Wines.

Tickets are $10 at or $15 at the door.
Doors open 7.30pm til late

Texas indie rock group And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have announced their return to New Zealand in August 2015 for the first time in 6 years to perform shows celebrating their 20th anniversary in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The band’s 20th anniversary tour has been traversing the world throughout 2015 with headline dates and festivals across North America and Europe and the shows will feature a wide selection of tracks from across the band’s incredible back catalogue.

This year the APRA Silver Scroll Awards celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since 1965 the APRA Silver Scroll Award has graced the mantle pieces of some of New Zealand’s most well-loved songwriters, including Ray Columbus, Sharon O’Neill, Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Bic Runga, Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde) & Joel Little, and last year’s winners Joshua and Tami Neilson.

A young Christchurch superstar in the making Candice Milner, has beaten some of the country’s most promising musicians to win the latest round of The Audience. Candice had her song “Run For It” receive the highest amount of votes for the month of June and in doing so she will receive a recording and video grant courtesy of NZ On Air. Candice had this to say about her success - “I'm very excited about winning this competition.

The 2015 Battle of the Bands Canterbury Regional Final will be held this Friday night at Allen Street. This year’s finalists include Couger Lounge, Resin, Skelter, Smokin Voodoo, Poncho, The Bristol Dollar, The Settlers, and Underlay. Tickets available from

Independent Music New Zealand is proud to announce that the GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2015 will be held in Auckland this September – the dates are listed below. Performing Artist applications are now open at and will close Monday, August 10th 2015.

June Making Tracks funding decisions have just been announced. This month marks their 40th funding round - since July 2011 NZ On Air have received 5,036 applications and funded 1,028 projects. 

Top local blues man Steve Gainsford presents an afternoon of blues music this Saturday at the Wunderbar in Lyttelton from 2pm. This event is open for audience participation so bring along your voice, and or instrument and jam along with like-minded musicians. 

AHoriBuzz have just announced the first leg of their upcoming national tour, which includes 2 nights in Christchurch at the Dragons Den. The tour plans to be all up close and personal with The Buzz performing at a selection of intimate venues across New Zealand. Tickets are on sale now from

Quirky Music is a music services company specialising in artist development, social media management & crowd funding campaign management for independent artists. Quirky was founded and established by director Katie Thompson, who is no stranger to the intricacies of crowd funding having previously completed highly successful campaigns at a national and international level via PledgeMe, Sellaband, and Artist Signal. Katie has also performed as a professional musician for a number of years self-releasing three records, opening for Elton John, and touring extensively around NZ and abroad.

90’ hair metal singer Sebastian Bach is set to rock Christchurch this September. Bach who fronted the iconic hard rock band Skid Row was responsible for producing anthems like Youth Gone Wild, 18 and Life, and I Remember You. This promises to be one hell of a rock n roll show and tickets are on sale through

Libeau has just released a brand new music video for her latest single ’TANGI’ from her debut album ‘Led by the Moon’. Libeau describes the track as “An emotive song with sweeping cinematics. The song speaks of the unwillingness to disturb someone from the peace of sleep, knowing they wake only to remember their tragedy”. TANGI was written by Libeau, and produced by renowned music producer Greg Haver. The string section was performed by Vulcan Strings and mixed by Clint Murphy at Modern World Studios, in the UK.

Iconic Wellingtonian alt-rockers Head Like A Hole are set to embark on a national tour in support of their lastest record Narcocorrido. The band will play in Christchurch as part of their ten date tour at Allen Street Rock Club. Joing them on the road will be North Island noise merchants 8 Foot Sativa. Tickets are on sale Monday 15th June.

Jamie Larson is a Christchurch drummer and musician, with a huge passion for music. Jamie has spent a number of years performing in bands including previous RDU Round Up competition winners Ipswich. His career path has led him through the halls of CPIT School of Broadcasting and into the world of radio as a program assistant and DJ. We pick up the conversation over a flat white across for where Jamie currently works at Plains FM.

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Christchurch metal stalwarts Tainted are set to launch a brand album "Into Temptation" this month. They will be bringing their brutality to Dux Live with an official release show on Saturday June 13th. Door sales for the show are $10.00.

The RDU RoundUp finals were held last weekend at Dux Live, as Christchurch bands; Dead Rats, Moon Pup, Polo Sweater, Jed Parsons & His Friends and Hawaiian Maiden all battled it out for a swag of great prizes and the title of RoundUp champion for 2015. The level of musicianship, professionalism, and diversity shown at this year’s final was second to none. First place went to the soulful and sonic rocking grooves of Jed Parsons & His Friends. The bands front-man Jed had these comments about the bands RoundUp experience:

Our Sound is a series of interviews identifying with the Christchurch music industry, its people, and their story - Marc Royal

Taking the step to exit New Zealand in search of new musical horizons can be a daunting and often challenging experience. For many musicians the beckoning shores of Australia are often the first port of call, but not so for Christchurch duo The Response. They recently chose to take their well-crafted indie pop anthems all the way to Canada. I spoke with Andy and Victoria Knopp recently on making music in the land of ice hockey and maple syrup.