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New Zealand Music Month looms ahead in May as usual, and the dedicated supporters of local music that are the Carlton have a few special treats in store for fans of their regular free, live gigs. Making the trip to the Carlton stage during the month will be big Kiwi music names Jason Kerrison (Saturday 14th), Jordan Luck (Saturday 21st) and Goodshirt (Saturday 28th) – lock those dates in, because they’re set to be some truly epic nights out, especially with all of these legends playing completely free! Regular local bands, of course, continue throughout the rest of the month as well – you can catch city faves and up-and-comers on the Christchurch music scene(such as D’Sendantz, Assembly Required, Sanstribe and Nick Lee, just to name a few) on the regular with the Carlton putting live music on, as always, every single day. Keep an eye out here for Cityscape’s...
Cityscape Entertainment
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Hot on the heels of the upcoming release of their new album on August the 8th, iconic kiwi rockers Shihad are set to hit the newly-renamed Horncastle Arena on September the 12th, making New Zealand music history along the way with an epic broadcast event. Cantabrians get to rock out live and up close at the arena, while fans around the country will also be able to tune in live via SKY Arena pay-per-view.Shihad will be performing their brand spanking new album FVEY (album art pictured above) in its entirety, as well as hits from their back catalogue of albums including Churn, Killjoy, Shihad, The General Electric, Pacifier and Love Is The New Hate.  Shihad frontman Jon Toogood is revved up for the gig. “I cannot wait to play the new stuff and in one of our favourite cities. It’s gonna be explosive!”  The good-sorts in the band will also be donating their...
Cityscape Events
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Young Kiwi musicians are set to bring all their skills to Christchurch at the start of August to compete in the national finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.  The longest running youth music competition in New Zealand, the contest is also the only nationwide chamber music competition for young secondary school musicians and composers in the country, and showcases a huge array of homegrown talent on show from over 500 ensembles across the country from Whangarei to Invercargill. Hopefuls are whittled down to just 12 groups for the finals weekend, with the winning group named at the completion of the concert on Saturday evening. Finalist groups this year hail from Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch (there's a strong showing in the finals from the city, with 2 groups each from Burnside High School and Rangi Ruru having made the cut – go Canterbury!). There are three performance sessions...
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Headliners The Exponents are joined by pop superstar Stan Walker and the honeyed voice of Breaks Co-Op to form the line-up for this year’s Classic Hits Winery Tour. Now in its 8th year, the 2014 Classic Hits Winery Tour hits Canterbury on the 22nd of February next year at the Waipara Hills (formerly Mud House) winery. Co-promoter Campbell Smith is promising concertgoers a unique and unforgettable experience. ”This tour is about great NZ music, great NZ wine and food, stunning locations and the warm and balmy nights of February. It’s all about feeling good with friends and family, kicking off your shoes, having a wine or two, a dance and singing along. The Winery Tour is what summer is all about – there is nothing else like it!" The Exponents need no introduction to any New Zealand music fan. They’ve performed to generations of fans up and down New Zealand,...
Cityscape Books, Music & Movies
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With the last album Buffalo (2011) getting a European release, Fandango sees the band stretching musically, seemingly to take on the world. Fandango is the band's first double and as such, there are progressive rock elements aplenty. The 70's pastoral feel of Pink Floyd is evident on the superb 'Modern Rock' and 'Inside me Dead' is dripping in the psychedelic hues the band so love. 'The Captain' is a standout pop gem and a single in-waiting. Frontman Samuel Flynn Scott has called the 78-minute double "test match music" and it's languid, free-flowing nature confirms this. Nothing is hurried, and if anything, that may be an aspect that could have been tightened up. The 18-minute closer 'Friendly Society' is a good idea, but it never really arrives at any great payoff. Like a test match, Fandango takes its time and meanders through its 2 sides without ever really breaking sweat. Sure, 'Friendly Society'...