Christchurch Music

Review: Serj Tankian

serj tankian

Activist and musician Serj Tankian's sole New Zealand concert was intriguing, provocative and riveting.

Jurassic 5 thrill Christchurch fans

Jurassic 5

REVIEW: Jurassic 5 played before 50,000 at Coachella last year so kudos to them for coming to Christchurch.

Review: Sol3 Mio at CBS Canterbury Arena

Sol3 Mio

Sol3 Mio's natural humour and tremendous vocal abilities quickly won me over last night.

Live music delights in Christchurch

Joshua Homme

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme 'demanded' Christchurch be added to their tour schedule.

Tannery music venue shelved


Cassels and Sons will not open a dedicated music venue at The Tannery.

Review: Lionel Richie and John Farnham

Lionel Richie and John Farnham

It wasn't quite dancing on the ceiling all night long but it was close.

Lionel Richie laughs the night away

Lionel Richie and John Farnham

Hearing Lionel Richie and John Farnham, who play Christchurch tonight, chatting is like attending a mutual admiration society.

Lorde wins two Grammys for Royals

Lorde at Grammys

Teenage music sensation Lorde has captured the world - with a song made to be given away.

Kim Dotcom, the party starter

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom on his debut album, new music platform and the upcoming movie about his life.

Stark naked calendar released

Michael Morris and Tom Batchelor

Former The X Factor star Tom Batchelor is in a new calendar doing everyday activities naked.

New Year's Eve gig guide


You can choose from fireworks, sea shanties or a onesie party to celebrate New Year's Eve in Christchurch.

Paramore cancel Christchurch show

Hayley Williams

Punk-leaning American rockers Paramore have cancelled their Christchurch gig.

School kids rocking for a cause

Fynn Hart-Hobman

A band of Christchurch school kids have released a single to raise money for disadvantaged children.

Musical director's last show

Christchurch City Choir

REVIEW: There was another good reason for a capacity house at this year's performance by the City Choir.

Songs for Bubbas

'Music is love and love is my sons'

Anika Moa

Anika Moa writes about the journey she experienced making her new album of children's songs.

Laugh the night away

Lionel Richie

Vicki Anderson talks to Lionel Richie and John Farnham about twerking ahead of their New Zealand tour next year.

Festive event helps beach heroes

Jamie McDell

Tomorrow's Christmas in the Park aids volunteer lifeguards who do their best to keep Cantabrians safe over summer.

Crown takes ownership of Ministry nightclub

Ministry nightclub

Cera takes ownership of a city nightclub today, dashing the owner's hopes of repairing and reopening. +Where is the public rage?

Sweet little lies

Tiny Lies

Harley Williams of The Tiny Lies discusses recording at Antonio Hall and earthquake-inspired songs.

Dark in Brush Park


Christchurch trio T54 have just released one of the best albums of the year.

Woolston 10-year-old moves NZGT judges

Oceana Olsen

Christchurch singer Oceana Olsen may only be little but she has made a big impression on the judges for New Zealand's Got Talent.

Charley Pride makes grand return

Charley Pride

Charley Pride returns to New Zealand this month for his first tour here in 17 years.

Catholics called to stadium

Junior Choir

Thousands of Catholics will pack the CBS Arena this month to celebrate their faith

Review: The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Fireworks and Fantasy


A mighty mixture of fun, fireworks and fantasy made for a great concert, the last of the NZSO's for this year.

The Prophet Hens

Prophet Hens

Musician Darren Stedman talks about navigating the Dunedin sound and doomsday hens.

Mike makes believe

The Make Believe

Vicki Anderson talks to Mike Lake of Christchurch group The Make Believe about conquering the world.

Music festival marks quakes

Christchurch Schools Music Festival 2012

This year's Christchurch Schools Music Festival will debut a movement of a symphony about the Canterbury quakes.

Camera captures city finding its voice again

Greta Yeoman, Town Like This

A Christchurch schoolgirl has made a documentary to show how music has been incorporated into the rebuild.

Tankian to play Chch

Serj Tankian

American rocker Serj Tankian will perform a one-off New Zealand concert in Christchurch for his critically acclaimed Orca and Elect the Dead Symphony tour.

High-profile bands coming to Chch

Homme: 'I demanded that we come to Chch'

Josh Homme

High-profile bands Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails are coming to Christchurch.

Meet Christchurch's One Directioners

Chch boy-band fans gear up for next week's gig

One Direction

One Direction play the first gig of their New Zealand tour in Christchurch next week. Vicki Anderson talks to a group of local fans to find out what the fuss is about.

Chch teen wins national award

Boys' High School guitarist wins national title

Jacob Morriss

A Christchurch teen who plays a guitar with two necks has won a national award for musicianship.

City Choir's music director retiring

Brian Law

After 22 years at the conductor's podium, Christchurch City Choir's acclaimed music director is stepping down.

Video 'incites violence' against sex workers

Chch video 'incites violence' against sex workers

Jailbate Kate video

A new Christchurch music video has been slammed by a prostitutes' leader as a "hate crime" on sex workers.

Moorhouse release first single


The debut single by Christchurch boy band Moorhouse went online today.

St Andrew's band best in the world

St Andrew’s College Pipe Band

St Andrew's College Pipe Band has been named the top youth pipe band in the world.

Anika, Boh & Hollie's new song

Anika, Boh, Holly

Singing trio Anika, Boh & Hollie have made their latest music video a tribute to the Marriage Equality Act.

Moorhouse enjoy a cuppa with the mayor

Moorhouse 'great role models for young people'

Moorhouse and Parker

Moorhouse dropped into the mayor's office for sticky buns and orange juice yesterday.

Blondie singles out a Christchurch song

Christchurch singer-songwriter 'overwhelmed'

Debbie Harry at Waipara

It is fair to say Christchurch musician Matt Barus is a bit overwhelmed. Blondie has recorded his song.

Best album, best song for Chch duo

Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson

Christchurch musicians dominated the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore last night.

Opening up the Angels Gate

Stevie Wonder's guitar tech holds open day

Kevin Allison

Stevie Wonder's guitar tech, Kevin Allison, lives in Christchurch.

The sound of Christchurch

Songs that have arisen from Chch post-quake

Harbour Union

Musicians have sought to express themselves in many ways and various creative places since the quakes.

Santana rocks Christchurch

Carlos Santana

If Steve Miller is the king of space rock, then Carlos Santana could be said to be the lord of cosmic space rock.

Show the South some love

Why does the South Island miss out on gigs?

Carlos Santana

Concert promoter Michael Chugg says Carlos Santana's Sunday night show is a "test gig" that may once again see Christchurch returned to the international touring circuit.

Glenn Frey back in town

Glenn Frey

The Eagles' Glenn Frey hasn't forgotten the last time he played Christchurch. It rained. Sideways.

Chch on brink of 'ukulear meltdown'

From Sex Pistols to toe-tapping jazz

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Christchurch is on the brink of a Ukulear Meltdown. Not one, but two gigs this week are fuelled by love for the nerdiest of instruments, the ukulele.

A love letter to Christchurch

Leigh Franklin

'Space and Place' a beautifully crafted song with a video featuring haunting footage of pre-earthquake Christchurch is released today.

Winery Tour a hit

Classic Hits Winery Tour in Waipara

Over 3000 people attended the seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour in Waipara on Saturday night.

Icelandic singer's heart in shaky city


Icelandic singer-songwriter Hera has performed at Glastonbury, won awards for her music and recorded several albums, but her "heart is in Christchurch".

Music plays once again in central city

 T’Nealle Joie

A young musician invested her "life savings" to open The Darkroom after the quakes left Christchurch without a music venue.
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