Location: 299 Selwyn Street, Spreydon
Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake
Active as a live music venue: 2000’s
Bar Manager: Andrew ‘Ox’ O’Connell
Capacity: About 20
Notorious local rock’n’roll vocalist and Downhill Mountain Bike clothing entrepreneur Andrew ‘Ox’ O’Connell ran a small clothing retail shop on Selwyn Street in Spreydon before the Earthquakes claimed it in February 2011.
As the long-standing vocalist of Palace of Wisdom, Ox utilized the shop as both a practice and occasional performance space for the group, along with several other groups that fit in with his specific aesthetic.
Additionally, back in 2001 Ox released a compilation of rock’n’roll groups on his own Rockstar imprint (he also ran ‘Gone Magazine’ an online rock’roll publication), accurately entitled ‘No Thanks To New Zealand On Air‘ as a dig at the local New Zealand Creative grant system.
- 2001: Rockstar release ‘No Thanks to New Zealand on Air‘
- 2011: Rockstar Clothing is damaged in Canterbury Earthquakes, Ox is forced to move out