25 Jul 2023

Local music legends and fresh, up-and-coming talent combine to make for a huge Saturday night at the Go Live Festival.

It’s hard to pick a favourite from the stacked line-up but I’m amped to see Beacon Bloom, Big Sima, and of course our headliner Tiki Taane,” Christchurch City Council Events and Arts Manager Lucy Blackmore says.

Go Live features 14 acts, playing across four stages at the Christchurch Town Hall on Saturday 29 July.

“We’re taking over four performance spaces at the Town Hall, so there’ll be a real festival atmosphere as party-goers move around to catch their favourite acts,” says Ms Blackmore.

The final act to join the 2023 Go Live line-up is Dig the Gig winners, Crown, who took out the university band competition earlier this month.

“Crown will bring a high energy opening set, and they’ll be followed by last year’s Dig the Gig winners, indie-rock group Pool House, who are back to bring the house down.

“Festivals like Go Live are great for up-and-coming acts to get more exposure and connect with new audiences,” Ms Blackmore says.

“Ōtautahi has such an amazing music scene and it’s awesome to bring together so many talented artists at one festival.”

Another way Go Live supports emerging talent is through the Go Live Masterclass Seminars, presented by NZ on Air, at Sole Music Academy on 29 July. A panel of experts from the music industry will share their advice with aspiring musicians on how to secure music funding and achieve radio airplay.

“The masterclasses are a great opportunity for young artists and, at $20 each, they’re incredible value,” says Ms Blackmore.

“Tickets for the festival are selling fast and we expect them to sell out, so we encourage everyone who’s planning to come to get in quick.”

Go Live is at the Christchurch Town Hall on 29 July, with doors open from 7pm.

Tickets are available now at Ticketek.co.nz, for $20 plus booking fees. Learn more about the line-up and set times on What’s On.