NZ Music Month Is Here!

May 1st 2015
Today is the first day of May. That means NZ Music Month is officially underway – New Zealand’s annual celebration of homegrown music and the people who make it!

Today is the first day of May.  That means NZ Music Month is officially underway – New Zealand’s annual celebration of homegrown music and the people who make it!  

31 days of celebrating local music in our venues, libraries, schools, parks, on our screens and on our stereos. With over 700 events around the country listed on our gig guide this year’s celebrations are busier than ever.  And back by popular demand, NZ Music Month t-shirts are available at the website.

NZ Music Month Manager Simon Woods says "NZ Music Month exists to celebrate our music makers and the music they create – its a thirty-one day cultural celebration where you will find local music coming through the nations speakers, online and in venues, clubs and community spaces across the country"

NZ Music Commission Chief Executive Cath Andersen said For the fifteenth annual celebration there are more shows in NZ Music Month than ever before.  It’s a great reflection of the volume of talent and music there is right across the country.  We hope people all over New Zealand get out to see local music this May.”

To kick it all off, in Auckland Play It Strange & Orbitsound are hosting three up and coming artists performing at Backbeat. Goodshirt and Ha The Unclear are also playing on K Road at the Thirsty Dog. 

Under Cover, a mini-festival showcase of Wellington musicians covering Wellington songs is being held at capital’s Meow. For the classically minded The NZ Symphony Orchestra presents Aotearoa Plus – an invigorating mix of brand new and well-loved New Zealand music, plus a modern brass classic at the Michael Fowler Centre. 

In Christchurch Martin Phillipps from The ChillsMinisnap and the Swan Sisters are at the Peterborough Street Library launch the garden cities music month activities. Later that night Princess Chelsea is playing at the Darkroom. 

Elsewhere, Great North and The Bads are at The Old Stone Butter Factory in Whangerei. Paper Cranes with Little Brother can be found at the Little Fielding Theatre in Fielding. Mel Parsons is at the The Boathouse in Nelson. Jamie McDell plays a school concert at Mountainview High School during the day and is at The Sail Cafe And Bar that night in Timaru. Dunedin City Libraries is launching its incredible May programme with Tahu and the Takahes with a fantastic line-up of young talent including teen band Metal Fusion and musicians from Otago Girls High and Kaikorai Valley College. Yumi Zouma and Doprah launch their national tour at Queenstown’s the Sherwood. 

This is only a selection of the many events happening all over New Zealand on the first day of May, let alone tomorrow which features dozens more including A Weird Night Out at the St James, Auckland, getting NZ Music Month off to the perfect start.

For a full run down of events, updates, links and info about all the fantastic music on offer this May, follow us at:

@NZMusicMonth (Instagram & Twitter)

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