Rising pop artist Ashy Batchelor (aka ASHY) has been making the most of her time after Covid forced her return to Christchurch last year.
“Being based back here has actually been really nice because I’ve had the opportunity to immerse myself in the Christchurch music scene which has been a lot of fun.”
“This year I’ve gotten to play shows like Electric Avenue and open for Harper Finn and LA WOMEN at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre.”
She’s bringing her upbeat high-octane style to this month’s Go Live festival at the Christchurch Town Hall, and warns festival goers to prepare to dance.
“I’m genuinely stoked to be playing at the Town Hall, and I’m so excited to have a full band for this festival too. Can’t wait!”
ASHY’s 2020 single EGO was an Apple Music ‘Top 100 songs of 2020’ and gained over 435,000 streams on Apple Music and Spotify.
She describes her sound as exploring “all the edges” of the pop genre.
“Most recently I’ve explored pop with an R&B tone which has been cool and I’d like to take my direction more along those lines.”
“Pop is super heightened and dramatic which I’ve always loved. It’s an exciting genre.”
Go Live is taking place at the Christchurch Town Hall on Saturday July 24.
After last year's inaugural event, the music festival is taking a different format this year.
“When we debuted the festival we had a series of live music shows over nine days at different venues around the city. This year Go Live is going to take over one venue, for one music-filled day only,’’ says Christchurch City Council Events and Arts Manager Tanya Cokojic.
“We’ll have the main Hauraki stage and four other stages set up throughout the Town Hall, with performances scheduled throughout the night from 17 upcoming and established musical acts,’’ Ms Cokojic says.
Tickets to the festival cost $10 (plus booking fee) and are available through Ticketek. A ticket will get you entry to all the stages.