Grassroots venues threatened by development and gentrification are at the heart of a new blueprint aiming to make the big-money music sector a consideration in Auckland’s growth. Chris Reed reports.

The Hollywood is bubbling as Foley take the stage.

It's 9-ish, Saturday night and the pop duo are third on the bill at Openside's first headline show of the year.

The gig in Auckland's oldest cinema, a neo-classical gem in Avondale, is about three-quarters capacity as Foley open with an unreleased track, a throng of fans at their feet.

The crowd swells as Ash Wallace and Gabe Everett power through an eight-song set, latest single Stranger a mid-point peak on the way to closing anthem Talk About It.


Hundreds-strong, the crowd sing along to the songs they know, particularly when