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Gigs galore for Christchurch music fans

23 April, 2014

Gigs galore for Christchurch music fans

Christchurch City Libraries is playing host to a month-long line-up of talented Kiwi artists to celebrate New Zealand Music Month this May.

The gigs kick off with a launch party at 7pm on Thursday 1 May, with headline act Nomad, an alt-folk band from Shirley Boys’ High School, playing at New Brighton Library. Also kicking off Thursdaynight is front-man for acclaimed alt-country act The Unfaithful Ways, Marlon Williamson, and Silencio, a contemporary music ensemble made up of jazz and classical musicians.

All up, 30 crowd-pleasing performances will take to the stage at local libraries throughout May, with headline acts including The Eastern, Lindon Puffin and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

“Gone are the days when libraries were always places of quiet,” says Andrew Adams, Acting Libraries and Information Unit Manager.

“The month of May is all about turning up the volume and making the most of the fabulous homegrown musical talent that Canterbury has to offer.”

Mr Adams says that Christchurch City Libraries are just as much paradise for music-lovers as they are for book-lovers.

“Between the massive collections of tapes, CDs, DVDs, LPs, music magazines and free access to a world of online music, Christchurch City Libraries have even the most discerning music-lover’s tastes well catered for.

“If you haven’t yet discovered just how musical your local library is, then the month of May is the perfect time to do so,” he says.

Christchurch City Libraries, which has partnered with The Breeze radio station for Music Month 2014, is offering a 30 per cent discount on CD loans during May, as well as offering music fans a chance to win one of nine prizes in its Music Month competition.

NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, RIANZ, APRA, Independent Music NZ, and the Radio Broadcasters Association.

Firmly entrenched as part of New Zealand’s cultural landscape, over the course of the last decade Music Month has gone from a period of encouraging radio to play more local tunes, to a 31-day celebration of homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country.

For a full schedule of Christchurch performances, visit your nearest library or check online: http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/events/nzmusicmonth/

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