Things to do  |  17 May 2021

After striking a positive chord with the local music industry and the Christchurch community, Go Live is coming back in 2021.

After the inaugural event in 2020, the  music festival will take on a different format.

“Last 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.

Full Go Live line-up

Pumpkinhead, Dolphin Friendly, Emma Dilemma, Tribalincs, Dillastrate, ASHY, Jason Kerrison, Reuben Stone, Hera, K E I, There’s A Tuesday, Joe Sampson, The Raddlers, Marsha, Little Fang, Emily C Browning, Kate Owen with Tom Harris.

“In the afternoon there will be informative, interactive sessions for those wanting to make a name for themselves in the music industry, while in the evening the Christchurch Town Hall will reverberate with the sound of live music performances.

“We’ll have the main Hauraki stage and four other stages set up throughout the venue, with performances scheduled throughout the night by upcoming and established musicians,’’ Ms Cokojic says.

Among those confirmed to perform are 90’s grunge band Pumpkinhead, ASHY, Dolphin Friendly, There’s A Tuesday, Reuben Stone and more.

Go Live will be held on Saturday 24 July. Tickets to the festival will cost $10 (plus booking fee) and will be available through Ticketek from 21 May.  A ticket will get you entry to all the stages.

Entry to the afternoon’s interactive sessions will be free, but people wishing to attend will need to register.

The first session will be a panel discussion about music production. It will be moderated by Welsh music producer Greg Haver, who is best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, Opshop and The Feelers.  Missy, P-Money and Ben Edwards will be the panellists.

The second session will include national agencies like NZ on Air, the NZ Music Commission, APRA, and the NZ Music Managers Forum and will focus on what services and support they can provide budding artists.

The final afternoon event will feature a presentation from Australian-based musician and record producer Tom Larkin, who will talk about his journey with Shihad and his music business portfolio.