Christchurch Music

The rise and fall of a music legend

Peter Utteridge

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

GO Live: Timaru band based in long friendship


Timaru-based trio Earthshield started out playing blues but now they are playing metal with finger-bleeding riffs.

Shihad give back to Christchurch

Shihad concert

Kiwi rockers Shihad last night played their new album to enthusiastic fans in Christchurch.

'It's all about the music'

Live music fans in for a treat

Tarquyn Read

Allen St is set to open soon in Christchurch, promising great music, good times and friendly doormen.

Shihad talk Christchurch, karaoke and Jimmy Barnes


Band explain why they chose Christchurch for one-off show tonight - and even front a live chat for fans.

Bob Dylan lands in Christchurch

Legendary singer often books four hotels

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has apparently arrived in Christchurch by private jet, ahead of his concert at Horncastle Arena tonight.

GO Live: Band pen ode to Tom Selleck's 'tache

Black Fox Trio

A Christchurch band may be the first to create a song dedicated to the star of '80s TV show Magnum P.I.

Go Live: Music 'a therapy' for Pat Dugan

Pat Dugan

Pat Dugan performed his first gig in Christchurch in 1936 and has barely been off a stage since.

GO Live: Song-a-month challenge

Julian Hay

Christchurch musician Julian Hay challenged himself to write, produce, record and release a song a month.

NZ musician Robert Scott has a day job

Robert Scott

NZ musician Robert Scott talks about his new album, The Clean's tour plans, and life as a teacher aide.

Brother-sister duo Brood over success


Caleb Nott, of Kiwi music sensation Broods, is not sure he could deal with the same level of fame as compatriot Lorde.

Co-workers rally for debt-hit, bereaved family

Co-workers hold fundraiser for debt-hit family

Bryce Cockroft

Bryce Cockroft turns 17 on Saturday. It will be the first birthday he spends without his mum after she lost her battle with cancer, but he is far from alone.

Dinah Lee releases song about Cathedral Square

Dinah Lee

Dinah Lee, queen of the '60s mods, has released a pop song about the iconic Christchurch location.

GO Live: Natalie Elms on a 'learning curve'

Natalie Elms

For Natalie Elms, making the move from performing covers to performing her own material has been a long process.

GO Live: AhoriBuzz spreads simple truth


''It doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter where you live, we all share the same sun,'' says Aaron Tokona.

Heart leads with soul not vagina



Vicki Anderson talks to pioneering rock chick, Ann Wilson, of '70s band Heart.

GO Live: Headed for stardom

Chch singer to record at famous studio

Maya Payne

Maya Payne is attracting international attention with her music.

Kenny Rogers coming to Christchurch

	 Kenny Rogers

The man who has made a life out of reading people's faces is heading to Christchurch.

Pharrell loves Kiwi retirement home's version of Happy

Al Pharrell Williams

Kiwi retirees' charming version of Happy gets a big lift after a shout out from the man himself.

Vocal coach Amy Bowie shows how it's done

Amy Bowie

A Christchurch-based singer, songwriter, actress and vocal coach, Amy Bowie has a passion for musical theatre and writes and sings in multiple genres.

Woman steals rare music poster from party

Stolen John Grenell poster

Theft of one-off piece of memorabilia tainted 70th birthday celebration of country singer John Grenell.

Anika Moa sings way to national awards

Anika Moa

Christchurch songstress wins two national awards for her beautifully crafted children's music.

John Grenell's 70th hootenanny

White-tailed spider bite hit health hard

John Grenell

The public is invited to a free 'hootenanny' to celebrate John Grenell's 70th birthday this weekend.

GO Live: Ruby Braam goes country

Ruby Braam

'Singing about drunken karaoke at the corner pub in a Kiwi accent, that's country.''

Kiwi band's Japanese video causes a stir


A Kiwi band has created a stir with its colourful new music video inspired by Japanese pop culture.

Review: Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Amanda Atlas

In a city the size of Christchurch the performance of a gargantuan work such as Mahler's Symphony No 2 is a rare event.

Song of the Week: Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown

Even Tyler Brown's mum had no idea of his talent, asking of his first recording: "What an incredible voice. Who is singing?"

Skelter: From jazz school to rock


In the first installment of a weekly video series, we showcase rock band Skelter.

'Slovenly' Beatles didn't impress Kiwi reporter

Steve Bridges with The Beatles

Crashing the Beatles earned Steve Bridges a date with his future wife.

Teen guitarist seeks $8000 for recording

cam luxton

Topp Twins' stepson and Gold Guitars winner is asking the public to help him record an album in Christchurch.

Grammy nominee puts on Chch charity gig

David Glen Hatch

Famed pianist David Glen Hatch will perform a one-off concert to raise funds for the Canterbury Charity Hospital.

Lights go out, dancing's over at The Club

The Club, Christchurch

Temporary central-city nightclub closes after less than a year due to "ongoing building consent issues".

'Idol' friends help keep him singing

Michael Murphy

What happened to the 17-year-old schoolboy who came second in the first-ever NZ Idol?

Music fan builds 'dream' Chch studio

Michael Bell

A Christchurch entrepreneur sold his home to bankroll a huge music studio capable of recording live performances.

Review: CSO's Love and Loss

Tom Woods

Saturday's concert was yet another triumph for the CSO, not merely appreciated, but actively enjoyed.

Review: Ellie Goulding in Christchurch

But why no media pics allowed at her show?

Ellie Goulding

Nelson band Broods, opening for the electro-pop-scene ''it girl'', did not disappoint.

Currently chilled

The Chills


Martin Phillipps talks about the Chills making their first full length album since 1995 and being followed by the KGB.

Review: Beethoven and Beyond

Tom Woods

The series as a whole offered a worthwhile perspective of musical innovation.

Stage fright for young musicians

Liam Kennedy-Clark

Music, mentors, selfies and stage fright were all part of the experience for young musicians on Saturday.

Canterbury musician scoops best album at country music awards

Kaylee Bell scoops another accolade

kaylee bell

The South is the place to be if you're a country music fan.

Blondie and the clever Kiwi

Blondie and Chris Stein

How a Christchurch musician ended up writing a song for Blondie.

Distorted dreams by the sea

Dead C


The Dead C perform a rare live show this week, but people shouldn't go if they don't know what they're getting themselves into.

Mirror full of soul

Dave Wakeling

Dave Wakeling, of The English Beat about writing hit song Mirror in the Bathroom and the time Pete Townsend made him cry.

Review: Russian Fire

Alexander Lazarev

Shostakovich's Symphony No 15 was the jewel in the crown, but there were plenty of other treasures on show.

What's love got to do with it?

 Ellie Goulding


Ellie Goulding is done with heartbreak and her next album might be about science, nature and David Attenborough.

Chch musician basks in accolades

Mark Vanilau

Christchurch musician Mark Vanilau has won two major trophies at the Pacific Music Awards.

Touring, tots and tunes

The Bats


Can you imagine your band taking a toddler with you on a tour with Radiohead?

Smells like Simon Cowell’s armpit

Simon Cowell

Walk into the Dux Live tonight around 8pm - you’ll be able to smell the desire to win.

Waiting for the sun

Sheep, Dog & Wolf


Jordan Dodson documents his firsthand experiences of making a music video chasing the sun in Australia.

Yoomia Sim: Rockstar violinist

yoomia sim

Yoomia Sim is a modern violinist and music teacher with a difference.
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