Christchurch music

This article is a brief guide to Christchurch music. We recommend gig guides to help you find out when and where bands and singers are playing.

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Christchurch music on CD

Music in Christchurch

Christchurch is a city with a strong tradition of live music and performance. Our music timeline uncovers Christchurch’s musical history.

In our collection, we have Christchurch rock music posters from the 1980s.

Cover of Playthings
Birds eye view. Playthings. CCL-Ephemera-Music-Rock-1980s-Poster0057

Christchurch has its own symphony orchestra and a wide range of other classical music performers including brass and pipe bands. For those who like to listen to music outdoors, there are raves, dance parties and popular outdoor concerts such as Sparks.

The club and live music scene sees local and international acts performing at venues throughout the region.

At the launch
New Brighton Library, NZ Music Month. Flickr CCL-2011-05-01-NZMM-NB-Panorama2MusicMonth2011Launch

How to find out about local gigs and events

Christchurch newspaper The Press is a good source of local music information.


Venues, particularly in the central city and Lyttelton, were hard hit by earthquakes. Current venues include:

Horncastle Arena
Horncastle  Arena is the largest venue in Christchurch for performances. Eventfinder list of upcoming events.
Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts
Auditorium seating 700 and located in the grounds of Burnside High School. Eventfinder list of upcoming events.
The Bedford
A long standing music venue. Event guide.
Isaac Theatre Royal
Fully restored theatre with seating for over 1200, used for a variety of performances including concerts. Event guide.

See also

Histories of local venues


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