Things to do  |  16 Jun 2022

Expect a rockin’ set with a surprise cover or two when pop/rock favourites Stellar* take the stage at the Christchurch Town Hall in July.

Bassist Kurt Shanks says the band is stoked to be performing at Ōtautahi’s Go Live winter music festival where they’ll be appearing in the James Hay Theatre on Saturday 23 July.

“Christchurch crowds have always been great to us. Boh and Andrew are originally from there and there’s some fans who remember them cutting their teeth back in the ‘80’s performing in covers band Amez Amez so the association goes back a long way.”

Stellar* is one of 19 bands taking over the Christchurch Town Hall for one music-saturated weekend on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July.

Who's performing?

Friday night line-up

Jon Toogood (Shihad) playing solo with the Heavy Jones, Volts and Deep Water Creek.

Saturday night line-up

Stellar*, Imperial April, The Hootź , 1 Drop Nation, Emma Dilemma, PRINS, Ebb, Paige Julia, Midi Committee, degrees.K, Goodwill, Elidi, Al Park, No Broadcast, Candice Milner.

Led by vocalist Boh Runga, Stellar* was formed in 1994 and had four top 10 singles and two no. 1 albums before disbanding in 2010. They reformed in 2017.

Their music is based around strong melodies and a blend of electronic and rock instrumentation.

“I think the big range of dynamics give it a timeless appeal and it sounds fresh. Luckily we get all ages stumbling across our music on Spotify, Youtube and through their parents and friends CD collections. We get a great buzz from the crowds and it’s a pleasure and privilege to play for them.”

“We’ve heard so many great things from friends in Christchurch about the previous Go Live Festival so we’re delighted to be part of this year’s event. I’m particularly looking forward to checking out a lot of the new bands playing – it’s shaping up to be an indoor all-local Big Day Out type vibe.”

Limited tickets for the Go Live Festival are available now at Ticketek