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!
New Zealand Music Month: Nook & Cranny Music Festival 4.0 - Sunday 5th May, 11am-4pm, Dunedin City Library
We’re launching New Zealand Music Month in the Libraries with style! More than 40 performances from amazing local artists. Classical, contemporary, conventional & experimental - something for everyone, including the kids. Proudly supported by Dunedin Public Libraries, Strawberry Sound, Action Engineering and NZ Music Month.
Featuring: The Doll Drums - Both Sides of the Line - Dee Street Blues - Person Will - Human Confusion - Sun Veins - The Mentalist Collective - Katie Raven - Cox's Orange - DH LOOPS - Dr. Marigaux - Julian Temple - Europa Kid - Ed Zuccollo - The Black Orangutan - Before the Snooze - ShelleyJ - Lil' Spooky Band - Natasha Manowitz - The Dragonfly Rustlers - Jock and Mitch - Kat Anna Fiddle - Double Trouble - Chasing Chords - Celluloid Bikers - Dunedin Rock Choir - Melissa and the Dr. - Neive Strang - Trent Hawthorne - Last Chance Dogs - The Pottley Blues Collective - Cathy Zeng - darryl baser - Catherine K S - James Dignan - Katharticus - Bronwyn - Deej Cooper - Paul S Allen - Boaz Anema - Philip Fleming - Jackson Caine - Pearl Street - Saltmarsh - Worn Out Jumper - Ronnie Stash - Haszari - Ronel Hunter - Mosaic Sky - Xaloti - The Phil Corfield Band - Humboldt - Lacuna - Glad Rabbit - Seedy (Left or Right) - Concrete Grady
City Library Gigs in the Ground Floor Gig Hub – Wednesdays from 5.30pm throughout May:
8th May: Let’s hear it for the boys - the axe men: Jackson Caine, darryl baser, Paul S Allen, and James Dignan.
15th May: Vinyl on Deck - Join our panel of hard-core vinyl lovers, including the Hocken Library’s Music Curator Amanda Mills, as they discuss the enduring appeal of the record player in a world of digital music and instant downloads, and enjoy the experience of vinyl as they put the needle to the groove of a few of their favourites.
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 - 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, Ground floor Gig Hub, City Library
Port Chalmers Gigs at the Library – Thursday evenings throughout May
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
Thursday 30th May 11.30 am : Liam Boyne: Taieri College Guitarist
Friday 17th May 6.00-7.00 pm : Dee Street Blues Band - laid back blues and beautiful music
Tuesday 21st May 10.00-10.30 am : Green Street Early learning Centre
Music for Waikouaiti
Friday 3rd May at 6pm - Philip Fleming will play original music
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:-
Regent Theatre: The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps – New Zealand Premiere
Wednesday 1st May, 6.30pm
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‘.
6:30PM – Red Carpet
7:30PM – Special Musical Performance followed by the screening of the film
9:30PM – Event finishes
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.
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
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
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.