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.

Drum n' Bass / Jungle
Alt Country / Folk

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