What's on in Dunedin for Music Lovers this May...

Events at Dunedin Public Libraries:

All NZ Music Month events at the Libraries are FREE!

NZ Music Month Launch Night: Sounding Out - A Foray Into the Hocken Music Collection

Dunedin Public Libraries celebrate the start of New Zealand Music Month 2018 with an exploration of Dunedin musical luminaries. Music Librarian and Dunedin Sound connoisseur, Amanda Mills will examine the influence of Dunedin Music on New Zealand and the world stage, on a rock and roll tour of the Hocken Collection.
Tuesday 1st May, 6:00pm
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library

Brought to you with the kind support of the University of Otago Library


Our ever-popular gig nights are back on Wednesday nights at City Library and Thursday nights at Port Chalmers Library. This section will be updated as the gig spots fill up, so check back for the latest details:

Wednesday 9th May, Gig Hub, City Library

5.30pm: Graham Tamati - songwriter, acoustic guitarist, folk musician, playing songs from experience and emotion.

6.00pm: Europa Kid - psychonauts lost in inner and outer space, building gothic Marxist superstructures. A duo most days with one or two other travellers who may put in an appearance. Europa Kid have been around in various guises since the Bronze Age (20 odd years at least).

6.30pm: Both Sides of the Line - colourful and exciting rockabilly and retro pop band. Finish the night with a boogie!

Wednesday 16th May, Gig Hub, City Library

5.30pm: Malcolm Honeychurch - Malcolm began playing the classical guitar many years ago. Life got in the way for a while, but the guitar pulled him back again.  He returns to New Zealand Music Month this year with a number of pieces both from the traditional classical guitar repertoire, and contemporary pieces, by composers from Europe and South America.

6.00pm: Tony Morison - Luthier/Guitarist .  Tony started playing classical guitar in the early 1970s, taking classes at the Sydney Spanish Guitar Centre. He rekindled his love of playing in 2001, writing a piece of music for a guitar he built himself. He has since developed his skills as a luthier, and set up a guitar-building workshop in Port Chalmers.

6.30pm: Dee Street Blues - An originals 3-piece band rounding off the evening with a mix of blues, protest songs and contemporary folk.

Thursday 3rd May, Port Chalmers Library, 7pm

Stevie Rice playing saxophone. Stevie plays a mix of jazz, blues, swing, Latin and popular classics.

Thursday 10th May, Port Chalmers Library, 7pm
 Humboldt County - An originals band, drawing on country, folk, blues and reggae.

Thursday 17th May, Port Chalmers Library, 7pm
Lois Johnston and students present "Figaro's Wedding".

Thursday 24th May, Port Chalmers Library, 7pm
Robert Scott and guests.

Thursday 31st May, Port Chalmers Library, 6.30pm
Malcolm Honeychurch with a classical guitar set, followed by ukulele group Valley Chicks.

Going Local Dunedin 2018 - How the NZ Music Industry Can Help You!
Ever wanted to know more about the music industry – how it works, who to talk to, what you need, why things happen and where you should look for help?
Going Local 2018 is an informal way for you to meet with some established people already working in the music industry, who can offer advice and knowledge that will help to answer some of those questions above. It is also a chance for those in the music industry to get to know you and hear about your own sound and vision for the future.
Join us! Free entry, and ask us about anything music related!

  • Sarah Pearce - NZ On Air Music (Assistant Music Manager)
  • Cath Andersen - NZ Music Commission (Chief Executive) 
  • Anthony Healey - APRA AMCOS NZ (Director, NZ Operations
  • Julian Temple (artist)
  • Dean Cameron - Recorded Music NZ (Member Services Manager)
  • Lisa Paris - TheLabel (Head Publicist)
  • Dylan Pellett - Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) (General Manager)
  • Scott Muir - IMNZ (Deputy Chairperson)

Going Local is provided with support from a Recorded Music NZ Grant.
And stick around in town - we're celebrating later at Fifty Gorillas Live with showcase live performances, free entry, all killer no filler - what's up on a Friday, Dunedin? You are, and so are we!

Friday 11th May, 5.30pm
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library

19th May, SATURDAY SOUNDS : Dunedin Harmony Chorus
The fabulous vocals of the Dunedin Sweet Adelines will raise the roof on Mosgiel Library at 11am, followed by a second helping at the City Library Gig Hub at 12.30pm


We round off the  last weekend of New Zealand Music Month with an absolute cracker!
Back for a third helping of some of the best of Dunedin’s musical talent, we invite you to join us for another day dedicated to music among the Nooks and Crannies of the City Library.
With around 50 different acts performing between bookshelves, in elevators, on tables, and popping up in other surprising locations, you’ll find music for every taste and mood. Stroll among the books and enjoy a free day of entertainment, celebrating New Zealand songwriters in New Zealand’s City of Literature.
Sunday 27th May, 11am - 4pm
Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin

NZ Music Month Finale: Book Launch: Experiencing Alice Cooper

Music writer Dr Ian Chapman rounds off NZ Music Month with the launch of his latest book, and a musical performance from the works of one of the world’s rock legends, Alice Cooper. With Pania Simmonds, Liam Donnelly and Flora Knight.

Copies of Experiencing Alice Cooper, as well as  some of Dr Chapman's other works, will be available to purchase courtesy of Paper Plus Dunedin (EFTPOS available).
Wednesday 30th May, 6pm
Dunningham Suite, City Library


Hocken Library Events programme

All events at the Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Free. Open to the Public. No bookings necessary:

Thursday, 3 May, 5.30pm: Dr David Murray, Hocken Collections Archivist: False Accents: the extraordinary manipulations of Monsieur Léon-Driver, ‘the finest solo pianist who has ever visited the colonies’.

Thursday, 10 May, 1-2pm: From Beethoven to Bolan… and beyond!
Four University of Otago Department of Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Te Kāhui Tau post-graduate research talks on a fascinating range of topics:
Alison Blair: 20th Century Boys: Re-framing British Glam Rock.
Michael Holland: Historicising the Now: Contemporary Perspectives on the “Dunedin Sound".
Irene Hundleby: Kwaimani Ana Liohaua Gia-The Heart of Us: An exploration of women’s music in Malaita, Solomon Islands.
David Suggate: Beethoven's ‘Missa Solemnis’ in Relation to Jungian Archetypes.

Thursday, 17 May, 5.30pm: Dr Ian Chapman Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Otago Department of Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Te Kāhui Tau: The Writing Adventures of a Kiwi High School Drop-out.

"If the homework brings you down then we’ll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown" (Bowie) 

Saturday, 26 May, 3-4pm: Between the sheets: A sing-along of treasures in the Hocken sheet music collection
Hear excerpts from the Hocken sheet music and songbook collections and discover the stories behind these songs. Opportunities for sing-alongs will be provided, along with refreshments! Come prepared to join in!

Hocken Music Month poster wall
During May a display in the Hocken foyer will celebrate the richness of Hocken’s diverse music-related collections. Open 10pm-5pm, Monday-Saturday.