Christchurch Venue Map

Note: This is a work in progress and will have additional content added both in the Map (i.e. venue images) or in the body of this post (i.e. a list of the venues in questioned, grouped by status etc).

Feel free to comment, give suggestions etc – this was put together as part of thebigcity’s on-going Venues archive.

Guitar Wolf and the Transistors at the new Dux Live!

Guitar Wolf
Guitar Wolf

Ok so what would be the best possible way to debut a new venue, replacing a landmark institution in an earthquake-hit city? Why have Guitar Wolf play the opening of course! Oh and make it free! Oh and the Transistors can open too!

Guitar Wolf
Guitar Wolf

Holy heck what a night. Gorgeous summers evening, hanging in the new, rather large, but still inviting Dux Live, with the massive side-doors wide open to show off a lovely sun-set, enjoying a Ginger Tom or 3… then the Transistors came on and kicked arse – James was climbing around the the furniture, trying in vein to get up to the overlooking 2nd story.

Transistors
Transistors

I thin Guitar Wolf may actually be undead. These guys have been playing Ramones-style super fast ‘lock and loll’ since 1987, and since they take no breaks between songs, they whip up a bit of a maelstrom of raunchy party-vibes and killer rock’b’roll moves. Great show-men, addictive energy, just plain all round great show from these Japanese legends.

Guitar Wolf
Guitar Wolf

Looking forward to a ton more shows at the new Dux Live.

“The Dux de Lux: The Unofficial Cultural Centre of Christchurch” by Dr. Sharon McIver

The Christchurch Eathquake Community Journal have posted an article by prominent local music journalist Dr. Sharon McIver on her experiences at the Dux de Lux, in light of their current plight. It’s a good read for those that can (and/or want to) remember the 90’s!

“The Dux de Lux: The Unofficial Cultural Centre of Christchurch” by Dr. Sharon McIver

Shaft [15/11/06]

shaft, the situations poster shaft

w/ the situations, at the dux de lux, nov 15th 2006

Pretty exciting show at the Dux. I caught the Situations years ago back when they were called Devils Gate Drive and I reckon they’ve come along way. Probably helps when your also the new band for the mighty Bob Cardy; the new live and loud Shaft.

Pretty small, but enthusiastic crowd; I think Bob sold a few cds and t-shirts, and the punters took in some good old fashioned pop and rock.

See more photos from this show at Flickr

Voom, the Sneaks and The Undercurrents @ the Dux de Lux [21/03/07]


At the Dux de Lux [21/03/07]
So after catching Hot Fuzz (a cop film from the makers of Shaun of the Dead – Fantastically funny) we made it down to the dux in time on a lazy wednesday night to fill out the crowd a little; i guess $15 is probably a little steep on a wednesday…

Anyway we caught most of the Undercurrents, and there set was excellent; i love it when they’re restrained and mellow, all those lovely textures come rolling out, showing off their quality tunes.
speaking of which, its no secret the Sneaks are one of my fav NZ bands due to their knack with quality, catchy pop songs. They rocked through a class set of tracks like ‘Godzilla’, ‘Kuzai Heart U Girl’, ‘You Suck!’ and ‘Hot Amyl Nitrate’ as a bunch of us fools jumped around in front of them; so much fun and apparantly the albums out soon! choice!
Voom were Voom. A couple real good crowd-favs, but im always left feeling a little passive with those guys. Still ‘Be Your Boy’ is a great track and with the new lineup they;re certainly tighter than a ducks bum.
see more photos from this show at flickr