Quadrophenia

Also known as: Daegar Bar, Bar Particular

Location: 651 Colombo Street, Central Christchurch

Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake, now part of Ballantynes

Active as a live music venue: 1993 – 1996?

Bar Manager: The Yee Family

All-Ages: No

Central city bar that had live shows from local bands such as Future StupidLoves Ugly Children, Range, Hawaii Five-O, Creeley, Ape Management, Brother Love, Space Dust, Snort, Squirm, Pumpkinhead and early Salmonella Dub, plus touring groups such as Superette, Nothing At All, and Wendy House.

Located upstairs on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo Streets (though the address is Colombo Street, the entrance was actually on Lichfield) and ran by the Yee family for a few years in the mid 90’s.

..Open around mid ’93. Owned by the Yee Family. Had bands and then even had happy hardcore/trance parties! Daega Bar was downstairs to the left of the main entrance. Got demoed and replaced with the Contemporary Lounge part of Ballantynes.

-Tim Baird (Pinacolada Records)

Quadrophenia had three rooms joined by arches, one with no windows in the centre had a stage at one end, with a big painting on the wall behind it. At the other end of that space was the mixing desk.

Through the archway in one direction took you into the bar, which was a slightly bigger room than the band room, and adjacent to that was the pool table room, bar and pool room both overlooked Colombo st and the bar end also looked out over the corner of Lichfield/Colombo.

When I played there in Space Dust, Ape Management, Atom Vulture, Brother Love and the Bill Fosburg Assassins, it was booked by Andrew Penman (Salmonella Dub).

Most memorable night there was with Snort and Squirm and Apes, had it pretty full, best show I ever saw there was Shaft, on their ‘The Hots’ tour, come to think of it also saw a great gig there by Blunt ( I think that was their name…Palmy travelers…turned into Flamin Werepigs…) Bill Fosburg played some amazing shows during this era, unfortunately very few were recorded or filmed.

– Martin Henderson

Posters from the era show that it was a very regular venue with shows 4 nights a week and close ties to both then-student radio station RDU and local skate and clothing outlet Cheap Skates.

Particularly notable are posters from Ape Management‘s Rock Hardman, showing a very dynamic comic style which would also feature on Ape Management (and other Homebacon groups) art work over the coming years, along with further posters at the likes of Warners and His Lordships.

History

1993?: Quadrophenia opens as a venue hosting bands up to 4 nights a week

1996?: Quadrophenia closes, replaced by Daegar Bar?

2011: Building is heavily damaged and eventually demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes, replaced by what is now part of Ballantynes.

Contact Details

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Snort

Christchurch hard-rock all-girl group with a line-up that changed quite a bit over time. Members have included: Reta Le Quesne (Bass/Vocals), Joanne Billesdon (Lead Guitar), Sharon Billesdon (Bass, then Drums), Lisa Preston (Drums, then Keyboards), Fluer de Lis (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Nina Kaye (Guitar, then Bass), Carla Rotta (Drums). They recorded 2 singles which were made in Belgium with Demolition Derby.

Snort are influenced by heavy metal and 60’s garage mainly which results in a crossover of the two creating a heavy trash amalgam. the material snort write about range from love songs to songs about psychotics running over Elvis impersonators, songs about the devil, fast cars and of course how to scare men.
– Fleur De Lis

After playing a vast amount of shows through-out the early 90s (including winning a Battle of the Bands competition), and recording material at Nightshift Studios (some of which appeared on Peter Mitchell’s Flat City compilations), De Lis left to become a mother again, with Carla Rotta joining on drums, Preston shifting to keyboards for a while, and Nina-Kaye joining on guitar. Fleur later surfaced with her band the Dialtones, whilst Lisa, Joanne and Sharon later appeared (with Rustle Covini) as the Lo-Liners, Rita Le Quesne has surfaced in a number of groups including the Axle Grinders.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cave of Love 7″ single [Demolition Derby]
  • Hell Have No Fury Ep [1995 Kato]
  • ‘Hey Creep’/’Cos I’m Evil’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Spinning Clock]

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Space Luxor

A one-off tape release (and a compilation contribution) on Hamish Noonan’s High Tension House label, Space Luxor was the result of Spacedust‘s Duane Zarakov and Lisa Preston (Snort, Lo-Liners) recording with Luxor Dance Ensemble Members Noonan and Richard Neave (CM Ensemble etc).

Sounds suspiciously like the ultra-rare Saturn LP of Sun Ra covering Metal Machine Music.
Hamish Noonan

Discography (picks in bold)

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