In The South

Buddhist Rain on tour

Blair Latham

Arts aficionados are in for a treat when the Buddhist Rain roadshow performs three southern concerts.

Otepuni Moonshine CD due

Otepuni Moonshine, from left, Amy Dunick, Mardee Barstud, Luke Moretti, Dr Bones and Col Keane.

Playing in a goodtime originals band in Invercargill is often no picnic, and Otepuni Moonshine intend to rectify that situation.

Awards show calls for noms

2015 Southland Entertainer of the Year Simon Thompson

The hunt is on to find Southland's best entertainer and musicians.

Metal band Hatred to play two shows

Hatred are playing two shows in Invercargill.

Southland metal band Hatred are playing two gigs in Invercargill.

Artist of the week: John Pringle

John Pringle's debut album Long Time Coming

 Invercargill lawyer John Pringle's debut album was 30 years in the making.

Glen country music show

Bev Townley

The Glen Country Music Club will hold a concert at its clubroom in Invercargill on Sunday, October 4.

Bandmates for Hall of Fame

Invercargill musicians Kerry Hawkins, left, and Les Findlater are being inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Kerry Hawkins and Les Findlater join Southland rock's Hall of Fame.

Review: Left Or Right, Trippy

Left Or Right's third album, Trippy.


Roger Waters The Wall in Gore video

Roger Waters The Wall will screen at SBS St James Theatre in Gore on Tuesday, September 29.

Left Or Right getting Trippy

Left Or Right, from left, Metua Marama, Steve Marshall and Callum Hampton.

You're not going to find any third album blues in Left Or Right's latest sonic drop.

New South Island league mooted

Caversham and Ferrymead Bays players during a 2010 South Island championship game. Mainland Football chief Julian Bowden wants to look at the viability of a South Island football league.

New Mainland Football chief executive Julian Bowden would like to see an expanded South Island-wide competition, perhaps as early as the end of the 2016 season.

Les Thomas for Hall of Fame

Les Thomas on his pedal steel guitar.

From big stars to country bunkers, musician Les Thomas has backed them all.

Fashion Fantazia returns

Designers are invited to get funky for the 2016 Fashion Fantazia.

Entries for West Otago's 2016 Fashion Fantazia event are open. 

Artist of the week: Claire Benedict

Claire Benedict, singer, musician and composer

Claire Benedict's impressive resume reads like an advanced music text book.

Southland band of the week: Zutto

Zutto's logo

Invercargill rock band Zutto are surfing a zen wave.

CLiK spellbinding in concert

CLiK - The Ensemble 
From left: Edward King, John Chen and Natalie Lin


Hairspray star battles illness

Rachael Scott

In theatre circles they say the show must go on, but rarely has a leading lady given more to the cause than Rachael Scott.

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Enter Stage Left: Tapanui artist Norma Parks

Norma Parks, Tapanui artist

After a long involvement in music, Tapanui artist Norma Parks has transferred her creativity into the visual arts, winning the People's Choice Award at the West Otago Art and Craft Exhibition earlier this year. She talks about her journey into art and creating in a rural setting.

Second Bryan Townley show after first sells out

Bryan Townley heads the cast in the Spring Country Showdown.

High-profile Southland country singer Bryan Townley has added a second, matinee concert next month after his Spring Country Showdown sold out within days.

Peaches and Weet-Bix: Dave Conner's tales of a travelling drummer

Dave Conner

You need a drummer for a jam? Dave Conner is good to go, any where, any time, any place.

Trip to Texas pays off for Craig

Craig Adams with his Male Vocalist of the Year award in Texas.

The great news is - Craig won the 2015 Male Vocalist of The Year.

Band of the Week: The Silence Machine

The Silence Machine artwork

They're called The Silence Machine but they make quite a racket.

Retirement? Maybe not

Isla Grant

It seems Isla Grant doesn't have time to stop touring.

Enter Stage Left: Jay Sellwood

Jay Sellwood.

We should have free concerts at Wachner Place.

Senior queens unite for festival

Former Senior Blossom Festival Queens Pat Lines, of Clyde, and Judy Elliot-Hall, of Alexandra.

Two former senior queens of the Alexandra Blossom Festival are joining a drive to promote the competition.

Youngsters get creative for Polyfest

Before the Polyfest Art Exhibition was opened at the museum, a prizegiving was held at Centre Stage in Invercargill

About 30 art pieces created by Southland youngsters went on display at Southland Museum on Sunday in celebration of Polyfest.

Hairspray hits the right notes

Invercargill woman Rachael Scott as Tracy Turnblad, the lead in Gore Musical Theatre's production of Hairspray.

It's a dazzling show with a big, big heart, awash with colour, corny comedy and catchy, 60-style bubblegum pop and r'n'b tunes.

Enter Stage Left: Invercargill Musical Theatre head of wardrobe Shirley Adam

Shirley Adams.

Shirley Adam, head of wardrobe on Phantom

Nation's fresh style stands out in southern music scene

Nation's previous lineup, from left, drummer Jo Hutchison, keyboardist/guitarist Miharo Gregory and bassist Andrew Cornford.

Nation's eclectic musical stylings have been catching ears and eyes up and down the country for more than a year.

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