Christchurch Music

GO Live: Headed for stardom

Maya Payne

Maya Payne is attracting international attention with her music.

Heart leads with soul not vagina



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

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.

Music month kicks off at New Brighton library

Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams performs at the New Brighton Library tonight as part of the New Zealand Music Month launch party.

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.
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