Goodbye Blue Monday

Also Known As: Ya-Ya House of Excellent Teas

Location: 138 Lichfield Street, Poplar Lanes, Central Christchurch

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Current Status: Demolished

Active as a live music venue: 2006 – 2011

Bar Manager: Johnny Moore (2008 – 2011)

Capacity: 100

Ya-Ya was a popular, mellow place to hang-out. Though it only ran for a couple years in Poplar lanes, it managed to house at least one Craftwerk – a super-fun regular event show-casing live bands along with hand-made crafts, along with live shows by the Ragamuffin Children and Black Market Art‘s most excellent album release party. However the spot didn’t really hit its stride as a venue until Johnny Moore took over and relaunched it as Goodbye Blue Monday (or GBM for short).

How to describe Goodbye Blue Monday?

It was a super-fun place to hang out in Central Christchurch, a very informal bar with excellent outdoor lounging couches, well-priced drinks, friendly bar staff and well selected live performers.

Dylan DJing at GBM

And it was named after a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Oh and there was artwork done by local legend Tony Delatour.

Shows at GBM were mostly free and attracted huge, bustling crowds that hung around well in to the night – quite often as an after-party venue. On both occasions that the Buzzcocks played the nearby Bedford, it was GBM where Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle and a great chunk of their audience found themselves after the show.

Eamonn and the GBM Bar

The bar was divided in to two parts – the inside venue had hard wood floors, a bar that stretched the length of the room and a small corner stage propped up against the windows which allowed those seated in the casual outdoor area (which was under cover and well sheltered, with gas heaters and ample room) a good view of what was going on inside. On occasion DJ’s would spin records for the outdoor crowd, however inside was firmly reserved for dancing!

The Klap play to a packed crowd at GBM

A favorite hang-out for a fairly youthful crowd prior to the devastating February 2011 earthquake. It was a great relief when bar manager Johnny Moore opened his post-Earthquake venue, Smash Palace – capturing a great deal of the spirit of the original.

Of course a venue can’t be as fun and as popular as GBM and not attract a bit of the wrong crowd too. Over the 3 year run there definitely seemed to be an increase in jock types frequenting, however it never got confrontational – GBM had excellent door staff who ran a pretty tight ship.

History

  • 2006: Poplar Lanes is redeveloped with several bars and restaurants opening, including Ya-Ya House of Excellent Teas at 138 Lichfield Street.
  • 2008: Ya-Ya closes and is taken over by Johnny Moore – re-launched as Goodbye Blue Monday
  • 2011: Heavily damaged in 2011 Earthquakes, eventually demolished.

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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.

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Cartel

Also known as:

Location: SOL Square, Central Christchurch

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Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake

Active as a live music venue: 2000’s – 2011

Bar Manager: Johnny Moore

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Capacity: 40

All-Ages: No

Tiny bar in the SOL Square laneway run by bar proprietor (and future boss of Smash Palace) Johnny Moore. Cartel was pitched as a Cuban bar.

Always popular (and cramped!), Cartel set a template which Moore followed with the significantly more spacious Goodbye Blue Monday.

As SOL Square was destroyed during the Christchurch Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the site is currently vacant.

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Christchurch Venues Post February Earthquake

The February 22nd earthquake had a hugely detrimental effect on many of Christchurch’s music, art and performance spaces. As a lot of these venues are center either within the badly damaged and inaccessible red-zone of the CBD, or in the earthquake epicenter of Lyttelton.

I’m attempting to put together a run down of any information available on each venue – if you have any information to add, stories to post or pictures to share please comment/contact me.

So far I’ve been able to collect the following pieces of info:

The Dux de Lux – Arts Center, 41 Hereford Street

(march 1st)

Richard Sinke, the director of Dux de Lux – a restaurant, bar and brewery on the corner of Christchurch’s Hereford St and Montreal St – said engineers were moving through the premises last night. “Fortunately, the Arts Centre [where Dux de Lux is located] seems to have got through okay,” said Sinke, who has been involved with the business for 32 years.

Scores of Christchurch residents with affection for Dux de Lux in Christchurch, including the band Opshop, were stopping by Dux de Lux in Queenstown, duty manager Vanessa Hartnell said yesterday.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4768246/Rebuilding-Christchurch-Arts-Centre-may-take-years-cost-100m (march 14th)

Dux de Lux owner Richard Sinke said he wanted to reopen his bar “as soon as possible”.The damaged building could reopen before repairs were completed on the rest of the Arts Centre site, he said.”The Dux is the centre of hospitality in Christchurch and is the kind of place people will need when the city starts to reopen,” he said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4802841/Christchurch-Arts-Centre-evicts-tenants-lays-off-staff (march 24th)

Dux de Lux owner Richard Sinke said he had not been told his tenancy would be terminated.”As a tenant of 33 years, I thought I might be informed before the media. I haven’t heard anything,” he said.

El Santo Porteno – 6 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton

No published stories. Talked to Oscar who said the building is red stickered but is up in the air whether it will be demolished. He said only the roof and parapets are damaged.

Goodbye Blue Monday

“It is with much sadness that I wish to announce that Goodbye Blue Monday is over. It is strange that something that I put my heart-and-soul into over two years has suddenly ceased to be. I think the building is still there – standing sadly with rain getting in and ruining those toilet walls I fought to keep clean and graffiti free – but the business is buggered… We created something that didn’t exist before we made it and now its over. We have started talking about Goodbye Blue Monday in the past tense.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/4777129/Huge-setback-for-hospitality-staff (march 17th)

Former Christchurch mayor and business owner Gary Moore said his family bar, Goodbye Blue Monday, in Poplar Lane, had been “destroyed” in the earthquake.

“The building is all red-stickered and we cannot get in there at all.”

Moore and son Johnny said they remained committed to the “revival” of Christchurch. “We believe that the city will rise phoenix-like from the ashes.”

High Street Project – First Floor, 84 Lichfield Street

Video footage of Lichfield Street seems to show the building intact, but with badly damaged roofing. This is a very old building and I’d imagine it will probably be red…

The New Media Club – 195 Armagh St

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1103/S00045/mainz-christchurch-turns-to-technology-to-continue-teaching.htm (march 8th)

‘Badly Damaged’

Physics Room – 209 Tuam Street

No published stories, but the adjoining Alice in Videoland had this:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/4781976/Red-zone-woes-hit-popular-central-city-video-collection (March 18th)

‘The store’s High St premises are relatively undamaged. However, the site is one block inside the red zone.’

The Provincial Hotel– Corner of Cashel and Barbadoes Streets

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/4760294/Christchurchs-Provincial-Hotel-destroyed-in-seconds (March 12th)

Stephen Cohen spent four years restoring the historic Provincial Hotel, but it took only seconds to reduce it to rubble.

Yesterday, two diggers pushed over the 108-year-old building that suffered terminal damage in last month’s earthquake, collapsing the walls like a pack of cards.

Cohen bought the neglected building four years ago, spending a small fortune restoring and strengthening it, with the aim of reopening as a boutique hotel and bistro.

“We were trying to save it,” he said.

Wunderbar – London Street, Lyttelton

No published stories, reportedly fine

Goodbye Blue Monday in February

GBM in February 2011

Hey that big ass image to the left is Goodbye Blue Monday’s gigs for the month of February 2011. Poster by Vincent Konrad. Nice innit?

LIVE: 47 Diamantes with Tommy Ill and Shorty K

Unfortunately I missed the main Christchurch connection in this Goodbye Blue Monday show, with Tommy Ill trading rhymes in a new duo with Shorty K a little after I arrived; as I’d missed local opener (and Bang! Bang! Eche! frontman) Zack Doney fronting his new project Teen Fortress. Much more upbeat than the last time I saw Tommy rhyme, Shorty K (aka Kelvin Neal of the Crackhouse 5) adds a bit of sing-along to proceedings, helping to get the party started for me.

The hilarious 47 Diamantes feature an ex-garden city-ite anyways in front-woman and exhibitionist Gemma Syme (Dianna Rozz / ex-Holiday with Friends) and brought the night to a great close. After ripping through some electro + screaming classics (with Shorty K manning the keyboards and playing some sweet catchy beats and riffs), Gemma started stripping layers and inviting the crowd forward. Check out the full photo set by clicking the link above.