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Celebrating Christchurch Music in NZ Music Month


Press Release
29 April 2008


Live Christchurch Music Showcase & Expo

Celebrating Christchurch Music in NZ Music Month

CHARTFEST is a triple tribute to New Zealand Music Month. It comprises 1. A High School Day Out, 2. An Expo and 3. A Live Music Showcase, all hosted by CHART (www.christchurchmusic.org.nz). It showcases Christchurch’s existing and up-and-coming talented acts on two simultaneous stages and over three music zones in the Christchurch Town Hall.

WHO: The Rock Main Stage - Atlas, the Valves, Dukes, the Bats, Tiger Tones, Flying Solo. Kiwi FM Soul Roots Stage - Ladi6, Cairo Knife Fight, Flip Grater band, Oakley Grenell and Mark Vanilau, Hera. Acoustic stage - the Eastern. MC in spandex, Ed Muzik.

WHAT: High School Day Out (1pm-5pm); Christchurch Music Industry Expo (4pm-5:15pm); Live Christchurch Music Showcases (5.30pm-11pm).

WHERE: Christchurch Town Hall complex, Kilmore Street.

WHEN: Friday, 23 May 2008 1pm-11pm

TICKETS: $10 student tickets from Mainz; otherwise $17.50 plus booking fee from Real Groovy (ChCh) and Ticketek.







CHARTFEST brings together the next generation of Christchurch musicians and those looking for a career in the music industry through a range of music activities.

Meet Jason Kerrison (Opshop) and Ben Campbell (Atlas) who will be there to help launch the High School Day Out!

·      Music Industry Career Advice: Find out what music-related education courses and training are available in Christchurch and talk to the people that can help.

·      Music Clinics: Guitar _ could you be Christchurch's next guitar hero? Drums _ see one of New Zealand's best drummers rock the town hall auditorium. Vocals _ forget Singstar; learn how to sing like a pro. Electro/House Music Production _ learn how to create your own beats from a UK house guru. Music Video Production _ how are music videos made?

·      MAINZ Back Stage Tours: Not a musician but always wanted to find out what happens back stage? This guided tour is for you.





·      Meet A Muso: Talk to people working in the industry and find out how they started. Chat with Opshop’s Jason Kerrison and Atlas’ Ben Campbell and more.

·       Music Game Zone: Singstar, Guitar Hero and more!



Live performances from the three local finalists as voted by you, the public, online from May 15-23 at www.christchurchmusic.org.nz in the Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium.

Tuesday May 6: Unlimited High School; Wednesday May 7: Lincoln High School; Bands: Trigger Happy, Strumpets, Three Flights Up, Hunamony, The Muffin Men, Fanks Fault. Thursday May 8: Aranui/Hurunui High School. Bands: Jagermeister, Corrupted Omen, Wolf Rockers, Molydenum. Tuesday May 13: Bands TBC; Wednesday, May 14: Burnside High School.  Bands: The Offbeats, Galaxy Stampede, Aftermath, Drum Solo.  Thursday May 15: Riccarton/Hornby High School. Bands: Boulevard, Crillic, Something Contagious, Chaos Theory (Hornby).

·      Prizes up for grabs include: $250 cash from Play It Strange, a Schecter 006Extreme Electric Guitar from Music Works, a studio recording session at MAINZ, Ableton Live software and the recording, mixing and mastering of a radio single from Christchurch Studio Tandem Voice Booth and online video footage of the session.







The Expo will feature music clinics, workshops, stalls, prizes and giveaways. Find out what goes on around town in the music scene - meet the venue managers, studios, radio, media, talk to music funders, see how music videos are made, learn how to write songs, and discover what music courses are available in Christchurch. Workshops, stalls, presentations and giveaways and your chance to get close up with the people who can help develop and grow your music industry career.

Music Industry Career Advice | Music Clinics | Training Opportunities | Music Game Zone | Music Videos | Prizes & Giveaways



Over three zones _ the Christchurch Town Hall auditorium, James Hay Theatre and the Buskers’ Zone _ will be rocking to an incredible mix of Christchurch's freshest and most exciting music talent. Discover your new favourite band inside these three zones featuring a mix of established acts and the hottest up-and-coming local bands.


The Rock MAIN STAGE (Auditorium)
Opened by the Christchurch High School Band Competition winners and then followed by the winner of the 2008 UCSA 2008 Battle Of The Bands the MAIN STAGE in the Town Hall Auditorium will feature an incredible mix of young talent through to some of the best live acts Christchurch has to offer... The MAIN STAGE proudly supported by The Rock 93.7FM.


ATLAS - www.myspace.com/atlastheband
Atlas exploded onto the NZ music scene with a number 1 chart performance not experienced since 1987's 'Slice of Heaven'. From April 2007 'Crawl' charted for seventeen weeks and owned the top position for nine... The band's music pedigree gives it a killer punch. Back in Christchurch for one night only in NZ Music Month see them rock the Main Stage at CHARTFEST.



THE VALVES - www.myspace.com/thevalvesband
This promising up and coming rock band have been simmering just beneath the surface of rock n roll stardom in NZ and are set to blow big time in the coming months. They have already had a massive start to the year playing to over 50,000 people while supporting Bon Jovi at Jade Stadium in Christchurch and Ozzy Osbourne at Westpac Arena in Wellington, as well as an appearance on main stage at Homegrown festival. The band released their debut album Liberty Angel in December last year and has had a string of successful singles, receiving strong media attention from television and radio up and down the country.


DUKES - www.dukestheband.com
Between a well-received nationwide summer tour supporting Th’Dudes and a soon to be announced winter tour the Dukes return to their hometown ready to hit the stage for CHARTFEST. The Christchurch-based band comprises of brothers Matt Barus (Guitars & Lead Vocals) and Jo Barus (Bass & Vocals), Brad Banks (Guitar), and recent additions Lauren Mitchell (Keys & Vocals) and Drummer Daniel Kennedy (2007). If you like your rock sweetened then don't miss Dukes!


THE BATS - www.myspace.com/thebatsnz
Flying Nun legends The Bats, with the same line-up since conception in 1983, have been playing their distinctive style of melodic infused pop folk/rock for long enough to have drifted in and out of fashion several times without even trying. They top the Best Unknown Band list of many music aficionados around the world and still spark for savvy initiates into the music world of now. Fresh from their European tour, The Bats are sure to return home to a huge reception at CHARTFEST.



Undeniably one of the stars at 'A Camp Low Hum' in 2008, Christchurch dance punks the Tiger Tones have just released their debut album 'A slickly produced affair of Rapture-esque quality that radiates laser beams of synthonic cacophony, breathing life into any listener' - Sarah Gooding, Groove Guide, April 2008. Partial pigeonholes can include: dance punk, shoegaze, new new wave and doom metal (maybe). Experience this for yourself by catching the Tiger Tones live on the Main Stage at CHARTFEST.


FLYING SOLO - www.flyingsolo.co.nz
Flying Solo are one of NZ's premier power pop/punk bands. Their energetic live performance, combined with their ability to include and entertain the audience with a well rounded show is turning heads and is responsible for their rapidly growing fan base. In the last year since their signing Flying Solo has played a number of high profile shows with local national and international bands. "It's a laugh a minute with Flying Solo, combine this with their fantastic stage presence, great songs, and your in for one hell of a show" - The Press, Christchurch.











KiwiFM SOUL ROOTS STAGE (James Hay Theatre)

In the more intimate settings of the Soul Roots Stage in the James Hay Theatre some of Christchurch most talented artists can be seen in a series of acoustic and intimate showcases. This stage is kindly supported by Christchurch City Libraries and KiwiFM.


LADI6 - www.myspace.com/ladi6
Ladi6 is one of NZ's premier vocalists and MCs. Starting her musical career in Christchurch, Ladi6 was part of the all-girl hip-hop group Sheelahroc. Sheelahroc had the hit track If I Gave You The Mic and Ladi6 was nominated for Best Vocalist/MC at the 2003 bNet music awards. Ladi6 and her band Verse Two quickly gained a reputation as a top NZ live soul/hip-hop group. They won the bNet best new act award in 2004, toured New Zealand with packed shows and supported international acts such as The Roots and De La Soul. Ladi6's vocals feature on stand-out tracks by some of Aotearoa's finest talent; including Shapeshifter, Scribe, Fat Freddy's Drop and 50 Hz. Ladi6 is currently recording her debut solo album with Mu from Fat Freddy's Drop and Parks. Ladi6 headlines the stellar lineup on the Soul Roots Stage at CHARTFEST.


CAIRO KNIFE FIGHT - www.myspace.com/cairoknifefight
In their relatively short career, Cairo Knife Fight are rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the most absorbing and powerful live acts around. Recent gigs with performers like Motorcade, The Tutts and Anika Moa have seen them garner much interest from the music industry. A group of highly respected musicians in their own right, members of CKF feature on the recording and touring credits of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Weta, Solaa, Anika Moa, Goldenhorse and Dave Dobbyn, amongst others. Currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, Cairo Knife Fight is a band not to be missed!!


FLIP GRATER BAND - www.myspace.com/flipgrater
Flip Grater is a versatile singer/songwriter, who’s acoustic guitar-based repertoire bridges dirty indie-folk and delicate introverted lullabies. She has performed with a number of NZ’s premiere artists, including The Phoenix Foundation, Dave Dobbyn and SJD and has shared the stage with international stars Ben Lee, The Shins, Hugh Cornwall and more. Flip’s recorded work has garnered wide critical acclaim, and she is set to release her second album in July this year. 

OAKLEY 'O.G.' GRENELL & MARK VANILAU - www.centralrecords.co.nz
Oakley and Mark have been performing together as a duo since 2006. Mark then joined Oakley's group Departure Lounge and is featuring on the 1st single and title track from O.G's recent album Moving On. Their live duo sets have them both on acoustic guitars, playing originals from their forthcoming albums. Mark has recorded his album and is now in the mixing process, with a release later this year. Expect the beautiful soulful voice of Mark and the guitar virtuosity of Oakley to take you on a journey through song.


HERA - www.herasings.com
Born in Iceland, based in Christchurch, Hera is one of the most promising female singer songwriters on the New Zealand stage today. An NZ On Air New Recording Artist funding recipient last year, the enchanting Hera has just released her new single & video "Feels So Good". Be prepared to be charmed, intrigued, moved & occasionally shocked by the music of HERA.



Also on the mezzanine CHARTFEST offers unplugged entertainment from one of Christchurch’s best loved acoustic acts:


 THE EASTERN - www.myspace.com/theeasternfamily
The Eastern promise to deliver a haymaker of footstomp folk, 12 round rock 'n' roll, brokeheart blues, and old time harmony all with a little country kick. They bring… Backpacks full of road songs, battered acoustics and no name electrics, banjo and glockenspiel, mandolin, harmonica, foot stomps and old time singing, straight from the gut, the fist and the heart… Strummer/Jones, Morrissey/Marr, the Hanks Chinaski and Williams, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Devlin, Memphis and myth, the south from Gore to the Cargill and back...


·      MC for CHARTFEST is:

 ED MUZIK - www.myspace.com/muziked
Introducing (drum roll) Mr. ED MUZIK and his menacing laptop to keep the night under control. If there was one thing you could say about Ed Muzik, and there is, it's that he's unpredictable. After spending the early part of 2008 quiet on the local scene and loud on the radio, Ed is back with new gear, new songs and the same sarcastic attitude. At CHARTFEST he'll be manning the mic, introducing the bands, reuniting lost children with their parents and letting lose a torrent of hilarious one-liners.



Get yours now to the biggest Christchurch Music Event of 2008! Tickets only $17.50 (excl. booking fee) from Real Groovy (ChCh) & Ticketek



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