Throughout its history, Christchurch Ōtautahi has had a thriving music scene, in all genres: classical, contemporary, country, rock’n’roll, punk, pop and electronica. This Story Map can only hint at the breadth of music that has emerged from the city. Compiled by Christchurch-born singer and writer Rosa Shiels and AudioCulture, this map is the macro view showing important locations such as venues, studios, stores, and a few homes. Over 100 venues emerged from AudioCulture’s research, so only a small selection could be included. Also on AudioCulture is a story map of the alternative Christchurch music scenes from 1980 to the 2000s, compiled by Rob Mayes of Failsafe Recordings.

Click here to see a full-sized version of the map. The map is best viewed on a desktop/laptop/tablet. If you wish to zoom in on any particular location then double-click.


Outside the Square
AudioCulture has several Christchurch “scene” pages: Post-Punk Christchurch 1981 – Getting Jumpy, by Andrew Schmidt; Christchurch Indie: Us Against the City, in two parts by James Dann; Hey Bird: the birth of Christchurch rock’n’roll, by Alan Brunton; Where All Those Cool Guys Go? Christchurch rock bands, 1968-80, by Kevin Hill; Christchurch Dance Halls of the 1960s, by Rosa Shiels; Christchurch Record Stores, by Paul Gilbert; Christchurch Underground, 1964-1969, by Chris Grosz; Desperate Measures: the early 1980s Christchurch punk scene, by Eugene Butcher and Erik Van Der Hoven; Ray Columbus on 1950s Christchurch; Flying Nun’s Early Years in Christchurch, by Andrew Schmidt; and Gordon Bartram’s Christchurch 1980-81.


Other story maps on AudioCulture

Christchurch Post-punk Story Map

Napier Story Map

Nelson Story Map

North Shore Story Map

Flying Nun's Early Years in Christchurch