Post EQ, the local live music scene first ground to a halt, then slowly staggered and now seems to be full steam ahead, albeit in different locations.
My son plays in a covers band and they are booked for gigs every weekend, often Friday and Saturday, well into July, so there is no shortage of venues it seems.
Many of the suburbs are seeing a resurgence in bars and other music venues to let people just have a good night out in our weary city.
Addington has The Pedal Pusher, Cargo Bar and The Dux has also reopened in the neighbourhood and there are a couple of long established pubs as well. Riccarton’s Trevinos and Fox and Ferret are popular haunts, as is the Fox and Ferret at The Palms.
Revival Bar on Victoria Street, Carlton Country Club on the site of the old Carlton Hotel, Darkroom on St Asaph Street and The Monday Room on Moorhouse Avenue are a few that are close to the CBD and offering anything from quiet duos to electro and trip hop dance music.
Hornby has The Venue – Music Bar and Temps along with good old Working Men’s Club, and Ferrrymead’s Speight’s Ale House always has weekend bands playing.
Lyttelton’s iconic Wunderbar is alive and kicking again and The Lyttelton Yacht Club has proved to be a wonderful location for Al Park’s talented finds, after his iconic bar bit the dust. Great Christchurch musicians such as The Eastern and Lindon Puffin have been known to perform in the seaside town. The Eastern were one of several local bands who were keen to play anywhere post-quakes, from house parties to events such as the Gap Filler Fair in Addington.
The Brewery on Garlands Road, Woolston offers a rocking place for live weekend music. Over in New Brighton, The Pierside has live music, and The Sun Dance Cafe has live music including a Ukulele jam on Friday nights.
Find out more about Christchurch music and venues on our website.
So head to your local, or go to another suburb and check out the offerings. Have you got a favourite haunt?