Christchurch’s music scene

This article is a brief guide to Christchurch music. We recommend gig guides to help you find out when and where bands and singers are playing.

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Music in Christchurch

Christchurch is a city with a strong tradition of live music and performance. Our music timeline uncovers Christchurch’s musical history.

Christchurch has its own symphony orchestra and a wide range of other classical music performers. For those who like to listen to music outdoors, there are raves, dance parties and popular outdoor concerts such as Classical Sparks.

The club and live music scene sees local and international acts performing at venues throughout the region.


The launch of NZ Music Month at New Brighton Library.

How to find out about local gigs and events

Cover of The Press Go supplementChristchurch newspaper The Press is a good source of local music information. The Go supplement on Friday contains reviews and information on gigs and concerts.


Venues, particularly in the central city and Lyttelton, were hard hit by earthquakes. Current venues include:

CBS Canterbury Arena
The CBS Canterbury Arena is the largest venue for performances. Eventfinder list of upcoming events.
Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts
Auditorium seating 700 and located in the grounds of Burnside High School. It is currently hosting events that would have otherwise been held in the Town Hall or Theatre Royal. Eventfinder list of upcoming events.
The Bedford
A long standing music venue which has relocated. Event guide.
Dux Live
The reinvented Dux de Lux restaurant and performance venue now located at 363 Lincoln Road. Gig guide.

See also