Things to do  |  10 Aug 2022

In need of a hellraising, ear poppin’ unforgettable night?

Then head to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on Saturday 13 August for Hellzapoppin’! The Gig.

Originally scheduled for last year, this free gig celebrates Christchurch Art Gallery’s 2021 exhibition Hellzapoppin’! The Art of the Flying Nun.

It will feature performances from Die! Die! Die!, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Mermaidens, and the Remnants. RDU’s Ziggy Starlet will also be banging out select tracks from the Flying Nun back catalogue outside in the heated RDU tent.

The gig starts at 7pm and there will be bars and food trucks where you can buy food and drink to enjoy while you listen, dance and chill. The exhibition galleries are also remaining open until 9pm.

“Last year’s Hellzapoppin! The Art of the Flying Nun exhibition celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of Flying Nun Records and brought together original artwork and design, film, record covers, posts and photography from some of New Zealand’s favourite bands,” says Christchurch Art Gallery Director Blair Jackson.

“We had a massive live music gig planned to mark the August launch of the exhibition, but three days before it the country went into a COVID-19 lockdown. We were able to go ahead with the exhibition later in September when the country came out of lockdown but we couldn’t hold the gig because of the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place at the time.

“We know a lot of people were really looking forward to the gig so we are delighted that we are now able to celebrate some of the music that Flying Nun has produced over the past 40 years,” Mr Jackson says.