Gig of the Week

Keeping te reo Māori alive

Keeping te reo Māori relevant through music is a life calling for Rei. The rising urban artist’s ability to smoothly swap between te reo Māori and English in his rhymes and songs is nothing short of impressive. But Callum Rei McDougall,...

Comedy to lift spirits

For more than 30 years, former Queenstowner Michele A'Court has been giving audiences around the world a reason to laugh by poking fun at everyday life. A’Court is a pioneer of New Zealand’s stand-up comedy scene and was part of...

Far from ruination

Don't let the name fool you — Tiny Ruins is far from in a state of dilapidation. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Kiwi band is going from strength-to-strength, standing tall in the underground scene, bolted up by an...

Summer vibes warm Coronet

Kiwi band Sons of Zion are known for their feel-good summer music. But those same sunny vibes will be soup for the soul, warming fans in the snowy hills of Coronet Peak on Saturday night. The six-piece band’s Queenstown gig is...

What’s in a name?

When Luke Courtney knocked on a random door at his uni hall of residence, he had no idea it would lead to a national tour and burgeoning music career. Back in 2016, Courtney was an engineering student at the University...

Silence and solitude

Former Queenstowner Martine Baanvinger has a passion for bringing to life the stories of strong women throughout history. They range from 12th century queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, to her latest subject, New Zealand’s own Annie Chaffey. “It’s always been a big...

Ben brings the laughs

With people like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson dominating the headlines, and global politics, you might think comedians would be over the moon. According to Kiwi funnyman Ben Hurley, you’d be wrong. “The President of the United States is stranger than...

Mexican sci-fi jazz

The Carnivorous Plant Society, a confusing yet compelling oxymoron band name, sums up the tunes they toot. Entirely outside the box is how the band likes its music — kinda jazz, a little reggae, peppered with psychedelic. Hailing from Auckland, the...

The beat goes on

Rhythm is at the heart and fingertips of drummer Myele Manzanza. It also flows through his blood. The composer’s father, Sam Manzanza, is a djembe drummer, one of the first people to bring African music to New Zealand and help...

Making waves

She Shanties for Frank is a gift of merriment to raise the spirits. The new album by Dunedin band Tiny Pieces of Eight is a nautical adventure, boasting broody bass sounds hooked together with lyrics pining for the sea. It whips...

Feel the rush

At just 16, Santé spent his summer holidays working in a supermarket in his southern German hometown Ulm, to save money for turntables and a sampler. His obsession with music had begun early in life, when he’d listen to jazz with...
Sesame Street is a favourite childhood pastime for countless people around the world, but one particular episode changed Jacqueline Audas’ life forever. At just two-years-old, Audas, who grew up in Idaho in the USA, became awe-struck watching renowned Israeli-American violinist...
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