Venue of the Day - Darkroom

  • What drives you to bring live music to your area?
    We love being able to offer a space that fosters the local creative community and constantly showcases such varied art forms, genres, backgrounds, abilities and experience levels. Darkroom's first owners opened the venue about 6 months after the February 2011 quake, and ever since it has been such an important part of providing a social space and live entertainment venue for the people of Christchurch. Darkroom was putting on its first gigs while the central city red zone cordon was still just a mere 200 metres down the road. Our gigs are everything from open mic nights that might see someone getting up to sing in front of an audience for the first time ever, through to well-known bands coming through on their national tour. We share the building we lease with a record store that sells lots of local band merch, and an art gallery that frequently exhibits works by student artists. We love being a part of such a vibrant, resilient, and supportive creative community.

    What days of the week do you have live music?
    Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Tell us about a favourite live music moment?
    At a recent open mic night we had the whole room singing along to E Papa Waiari! Another fave moment would have to be the recent Left or Right gig here, they performed to a sold out crowd and everyone was singing along to some Left or Right classics like Looking for a Tennis Ball.

    Please give us details of how and where people can find your venue?
    336 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central