Live music delights in Christchurch

00:34, Mar 21 2014

It's a great time to be a lover of live music in this city.

A mate recently commented: ''Nothing happening in Christchurch eh?''

There are always international musical visitors flying under the radar into the city and there are some interesting sonic adventures to be had this month, no matter what you're into.

I am amped for the Brody Dalle, Queens of the Stone Age ( and Nine Inch Nails ( gig at CBS Canterbury Arena on Saturday night.

I've waited three years for it.


Queens of the Stone Age were to have played here two days after the 2011 earthquake.

In a weird twist of fate, something awesome and so perfectly kismet happened today that I have to share it with the 2.4 people who read this blog.

On the day of the earthquake, like a lot of people thrown into chaos, I ended up in the house of a girl I'd never met before. She was wonderful.

Tomorrow night I'm going to the gig with a male friend who is a massive NIN fan.

Turns out I ruined his girlfriend's surprise ticket gift.

Guess who the girlfriend is? Yes, randomly, it's the super cool chick I haven't seen since the day of the earthquake.

How perfect is that?

The last time QOTSA performed in Christchurch it was supporting the Smashing Pumpkins in 2008. Billy Corgan wore a silver tinfoil skirt and a Christchurch punter threw a shoe on stage (don't do that again random guy).

QOTSA frontman Joshua Homme told me he ''demanded'' Christchurch be added to their tour schedule this year.


''We were headed there the day after the quake happened. I don't often take the credit for such things but I demanded that we come to Christchurch as part of this tour.

"I come from earthquake territory, too, I get it. We don't want to just play, we want to help in some way, too.''

He said that all monies raised from T-shirt sales on the tour would be donated to Christchurch.

''That's our first plan, it's a chintzy plan, we're still working on it.''

Sounds pretty solid to me.

Other musical visitors and notable local acts to check out this week are:

@Peace with Raiza Biza, Doprah ( and more at Dux Live on Saturday night. Tickets $30 plus booking fee.

British acoustic/dub/reggae outfit Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow ( are at the Hilltop Tavern on Saturday night and at the Wunderbar on Sunday.

On Sunday Los Angeles 80s legends Martha Davis and The Motels ( are at Dux Live, 7pm, pre-sale tickets $55.90.

As part of a massive sold out nationwide tour, SOL3MIO ( plays at CBS Canterbury Arena on Wednesday. The band had the best-selling Kiwi album of 2013 (yes, more than Lorde)

A$AP Ferg  has his only South Island show at The Foundry, 90 Ilam Rd, on Wednesday from 8pm. This will be the Harlem-bred wordsmith's first trip to New Zealand, giving hip-hop fans the chance to catch hits from his debut studio album Trap Lord , which hit the Top 10 of the US Billboard 200. Tickets: University of Canterbury students $35; public $45 from R18.

And on Thursday night Jurassic 5 (, the incredible superstars who headlined Coachella last year in front of around 50,000 people, are at the Bedford Marquee, cnr Lichfield and Madras Sts. Pre-sale tickets $49 plus booking fee. PS. If you see Soup there, buy him a soda.

Also on Thursday Damien Dempsey ( visits from Ireland (think Billy Bragg). Playing at Dux Live, door sales are $45.

Next week will also be fun. American indi rock band and lo-fi legends Sebadoh ( are at Churchills, next Friday and the Great Kiwi Beer Festival in Hagley Park next Saturday features a reformed Mi-Sex (, Dragon, alongside Tahuna Breaks.


Rock N Roll Mother has two double passes to give away to SOL3MIO's show at CBS Canterbury Arena on Wednesday. To enter the draw, email with ''Ticket-o for Me-o'' in the subject line, and include your contact details in the body of the email, before 5pm on Sunday. Winners will be notified.


Rock N Roll Mother has one double pass and a signed CD to give away to Damien Dempsey's show. To enter the draw, email with ''Dempsey for me'' in the subject line, and include your contact details in the body of the email, before 5pm on Sunday. Winner will be notified.

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