Your guide to NZ Music Month events

Che Fu. Photo / Paul Taylor
Che Fu. Photo / Paul Taylor

New Music Friday After Party
Every year the New Zealand Music Commission holds an industry shindig to showcase a selection of bands, both old and new, and this year, they're opening up the after-party to the public. There will be performances from up-and-comers Loui the Zu, Jupiter Project, Massad, Suren Unka, Thieves, and the Lost Boys. Entry is free.

When: Tonight, Friday May 3, 10pm until late.
Where: 1885, Britomart.

Auckland libraries
Auckland libraries have a number of events across the region all month that are free and during daylight hours. Performances range from school choirs to jazz trios, and there are various activities for kids including ukulele classes, and workshops.

When: Throughout May.
Where: Various libraries.

Tyler Street Garage
On Wednesdays and Thursdays for the month of May, Tyler Street Garage will host a variety of special guest DJs, plus live performances from @Peace, Electric Wire Hustle, Louis Baker, Julien Dyne, Ghost Wave and a final show by Che Fu, performing 2bSpacific in it's entirety. Entry is free.

When: Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout May.
Where: Tyler Street Garage, Britomart.
See for details.

Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
As part of Unesco International Arts Education Week, the APO are putting on the Discovery Concert at Auckland Town Hall on May 22, which is aimed at secondary school students. It will feature work by Beethoven, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, as well as music from Japan, Ireland, America, Africa, and of course New Zealand. They are also hosting Meet the Composer and Ask the Conductor sessions, and the Sistema Aotearoa Concert on May 24 featuring the Raploch Orchestra performing at the Otara Music Arts Centre.

When: May 20-24.
Where: Various locations.
See for details.

Like a Version
To celebrate our great songwriters, Apra is hosting Like a Version at the Kings Arms. Rackets, No Why, the Jordan Luck Band, Jesse Sheehan, and Drop Dead Redhead will be performing a variety of Kiwi tunes, both classics and recent releases.

When: Thursday May 23, 8pm.
Where: Kings Arms.
Tickets available from

NZ Music Month Summit
It's become an annual event, where artists young and established, come to share wisdom and learn about the local industry and get some tips about how you can do better as an artist. This year the theme is Your Music as a Business, and there will be four seminars throughout the day with a range of industry speakers: Your Band as a Brand, Radio and the Online World, The Role of a Music Producer, and Be Your Own Record Company. Plus there will be the opportunity for networking and one-on-one mentoring.

When: May 25, 10am-5pm.
Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen St.
See for more details.

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