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Christchurch's newest festival promises life to city

Urban Jungle is coming to Christchurch and many are saying it could become the city’s equivalent to other urban festivals such as Auckland’s Homegrown and Wellington’s Laneway.

Christchurch based promoters Sub180 Entertainment have partnered with Dux Central, SIMBA Canterbury, The Slate Room and The Edge Canterbury to bring Urban Jungle 2019, Christchurch's newest and most unique inner-city festival.

Held on Saturday April 13 from 2pm-11pm at Vanguard Square, the goal of the festival is to bring people back into Christchurch’s CBD again as part of the SALT district rejuvenation plan.

They have put together an all kiwi line up featuring Kiwi music legend Savage alongside local rising stars Nomad, Whanganui cult heroes Machete Clan, and Dunedin rockers Hot Donnas.

Joining them on the bill is the local talents of up and comers Run77, and Christchurch hip hop crew The Joint.


Local rockers nomad, well known for their smash hit’s ‘Oh my my’ and ‘Love will call’ are excited to be playing to their hometown audience.

Fresh from their first European tour, they’re even going to be premiering some new tracks, says vocalist Will McGillivray.

“We’re stoked to be debuting a few brand-new songs alongside some awesome acts at Urban Jungle 2019 this year. It’s going to be a fun one.”


Sub180 directors Christy Kimble and James Moir can’t wait to help breathe life back into the centre city.

“Growing up in Christchurch, this is the event that I would have wanted to go to.”

Sub180 Entertainment have bought multiple international artists to Christchurch since their inception 7 months ago. They said they felt it was time to take their events to the next level.

“We’ve been running club shows around New Zealand and felt it was time to do something awesome for the city.”


Slate Room owner and local businessman Rene Bell says it’s been far too long since there has been an event of this calibre in Christchurch.

“Christchurch has been crying out for an inner-city music festival like Homegrown or Laneway and this will be the start of something special.”

Tickets are still available here.

For more information check out the Facebook event here.

To keep up with Sub180 you can follow their Facebook page here.


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