Free gigs throughout May

Musicians of Dunedin will be gifting free gigs to the people of Dunedin throughout May in celebration of New Zealand Music Month. Head along to your local Dunedin Public Library to enjoy great home-grown talent!


City Library Gigs in the Ground Floor Gig Hub – Wednesdays from 5.30pm throughout May:

29th May: Jam with Everything - Philip Fleming plays guitar and saxophone for a set of his own compositions from 5.30pm. Followed by a public jam session - bring your own instruments and sing your song. Your chance to show the audience your talent.

Friday 31st  May: Music Month Finale

Join us for our final gig night with Before the Snooze & friends. Rock it up with an early gig to get you in party mood for the night.

5.30pm-6pm : Valley Chicks
6pm-6.30pm : Ben Horlock
6.30pm-7.15pm : Katharticus
7.15pm-8pm : Before the Snooze

Music starts 5.30pm, Ground floor Gig Hub, City Library

Port Chalmers Gigs at the Library – Thursday evenings throughout May:

30th May, 7pm : Pop Tops (aka Shakes)

Music for Mosgiel

Thursday 30th May 11.30 am : Liam Boyne: Taieri College Guitarist

Music for Waikouaiti

Saturday 25th May at 11am - Music Jam session with Amanda

More gig dates around the libraries to be announced. Keep an eye on our Music Month page for full details.

Other NZ Music Month events around Dunedin:-

The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps
At the cinemas this month:

Madman Entertainment, Notable Pictures, the NZ Music Commission and the New Zealand Film Commission welcome you to the New Zealand premiere of The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps. Fresh from critical acclaim at its world premiere at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas and to celebrate the launch of New Zealand Music Month, join the band, cast and crew for an incredible evening celebrating the story of one of New Zealand music’s most celebrated characters.

Walk the red carpet, mingle with the cast and crew and enjoy a special musical performance before being one of the first in New Zealand to see the film that Dominic Corry from FLICKS.CO.NZ described as “An emotive and insightful journey into the mind of a truly singular talent and ROLLING STONE said This is what a living legend looks and sounds like‘.

Martin Phillipps came tantalizingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown, Dunedin. At 54, he’s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realise his musical ambitions before it’s too late.

This intimate portrait follows the eccentric Martin as he reconciles a lifetime’s worth of curious collections and looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits. With a startling sense of humour even in the blackest moments, we bear witness to one man’s universal battle with the fear of failure and the jarring reality of his own mortality. 

Gallery on Blueskin

Friday 24 May Live Music by "Dee Street Blues" 7 - 9pm
Friday 31 May Live Music by William & John (confirming Friday 26) from Bare Essentials. 7 - 9pm 

Hocken Library: NZ Music Month 2019 at the Hocken Collections

C’mon to the Hocken to celebrate 2019 NZ Music Month. Enjoy some local music and much more…All events held at Hocken Library Seminar Room, University of Otago, 90 Anzac Avenue. Admission: Free

Thursday 30th May, 6pm: Shakedown! An evening of 60s bands - The Titans and the Catlins River Boys

Travel back to the sixties for a presentation celebrating local band culture, featuring recordings not heard for decades. Amanda Mills, Curator Music and Audio-Visual, Hocken Collections; Dr David Murray, Archivist, Hocken Collections and guests

Hocken Music Month Display
See the display at the Hocken foyer celebrating the richness of Hocken’s diverse music-related collections. Opens in May, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.