Free gigs throughout May

usicians 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:

22nd May: Polka Dots and Black Hats - Rockabilly versus Blues: with Both Sides of the Line and Dee Street Blues

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:

9th May, 7pm Humboldt
16th May, 6pm : Leo and Oscar Ladell
23rd May, 7pm :  Robert Scott with special guest
30th May, 7pm : Pop Tops (aka Shakes)

City Library’s Weekend Lunch and Listen:

Bring your lunch, pull up a comfy chair and enjoy the sounds of…
1.30pm Saturday 11th May Dunedin Rock Choir
12noon Saturday 18th May Dunedin Harmony Chorus

Music for Mosgiel

Thursday 16th May 11.30 am : Liam Boyne: Taieri College Guitarist
Friday 17th May 6.00-7.00 pm : Dee Street Blues - laid back blues and beautiful music
Tuesday 21st May 10.00-10.30 am : Green Street Early learning Centre 
Thursday 30th May 11.30 am : Liam Boyne: Taieri College Guitarist

Music for South Dunedin

Tuesday 21st May 11.30am : Kathartipuss - a gentle kitten version of feel-good heavy guitar party rock band Katharticus, with ukelele/guitarist/lead vocalist Wingi - high energy rock and roll, but on a ukelele

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.

Going Local Dunedin 2019 - How the NZ Music Industry Can Help You!

Ever wanted to know more about the music industry and where you should look for help?Come along and ask our expert panel about anything music related!
Presented by Independent Music NZ
Friday 10th May, 5.30pm, Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library

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. 

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum: Music Saturday

Saturday 18 May 2.00 – 3.30pm, Toitū OSM - Josephine Foyer

Come along and support these awesome musicians. Music for all ages and all genres.
2.00pm - Trent Hawthorne - Indie pop through ukulele loops and vocal melodies
2.50pm - Dragonfly Rustlers (Jess Dobson and Rihanna Weaver) - A mix of original music and covers in a contemporary folk/American style

Orokonui Ecosanctuary: 'Opera Here' at Orokonui

Sunday 19th May, 3pm

Join sprano Lois Johnston, mezzo Claire Barton and accompanist Mark Bevin for a light-hearted afternoon of opera's greatest hits. Big arias. Big characters. Big voices. Big afternoon.
Performance: Koha
Refreshments available at the cafe.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Tuesday 21st May : 

 12.30pm to 1.30pm CLASSICAL MUSIC STUDENTS from the University of Otago will perform a selection of their favourites. Strings, piano and voice will be included.


  in conjunction with the Dunedin Public Libraries. Dr Ian Chapman, Convener of Contemporary Performance and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music, University of Otago School of Performing Arts, will read from his book The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening complemented by pertinent slides, and, along with talented students and ex-students, will perform a song or two from the Dunedin Sound era. Refreshments will be served.

Gallery on Blueskin

Friday 3 May Live Music by"Katharticus" 7 - 9pm
Sunday 5 May Market Day Live Music by DH LOOPS 12noon - 2pm
Friday 10 May Live Music by James Dignan & Paul S.Allen 7 - 9pm
Friday 17 May Live Music by Jackson Caine and darryl baser 7 - 9pm
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

Saturday 4th May, 3pm-4pm ‘Good old Varsity’ : Celebrating 125 years of the Otago Capping Sextet
Join in a sing-a-long of picks of Sextet songs through the years and listen to historical recordings of previous groups. We’ll be finishing with a performance from the current Sextet of a selection of their classics.
Rude and risqué the Sextet’s mandate is to sail close to the line – and sometimes to cross it – audience discretion is advised for this event!
Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday 16th May: 6pm
“Is there music for words such as these?”— Poetic fantasy and compositional process in three songs from Verlaines' Dunedin Spleen.
Dr. Graeme Downes Senior lecturer | School of Performing Arts (Music)

Thursday 23 May, 1pm – 2pm: Exploring our musical worlds: Four fascinating research topics from University of Otago postgraduate students
Metitilani Alo: Otago Pacificana: O Le Folauga.
Sara Brown: Scotland's specialist music education: An ideal to aim for?
Louise Kewene-Doig: Māori experiences of the 1960s through The Māori Showband movement
Amanda Mills: The song remains the same? Remaking and reworking the popular song
Postgraduate students | Te Tumu, School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous studies and School of Performing Arts (Music)

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.