Fuse Youth Cafe

Location: 25 Wakefield Ave, Sumner

Current Status: Running!

Active as a live music venue: 2001 –

Bookings: Email Fuse

Website: Fuse Website

Capacity: Around 80?

Fuse Youth Cafe is Christian-focused Youth Centre in Sumner that regularly hosts events for teens and even pre-teen kids. As one of a dwindling supply of all-age friendly venues in Christchurch, over the years it has hosted a number of general admission events with a broad appeal – without any Christian focus.

The Tiger Tones at Fuse

Events I’ve seen at Fuse include early shows by Black Market Art, Jimmy Zoom and the Beytown GriftersThe Tiger Tones,  Bang! Bang! Eche!, and Not So Experimental, plus US duo The Evens – i.e. the current group of Fugazi-frontman Ian McKaye.

The Evens at Fuse Poster


The Fuse Youth Centre was started in 2001 by the Shoreline Youth Trust and has developed into a vibrant, multi-faceted space that exists to work with local youth to provide programmes, events and services for the young people of our community.

-Fuse Website

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Cicada were an Auckland based guitar-oriented band.

Since forming in 1992, Cicada have recorded and successfully aired many demos on student radio throughout the country and have amassed considerable live experience, including support slots for touring international acts such as Fugazi and Yage.

Oscillator is Cicada’s debut EP, self-financed and released on Failsafe Records. Four tracks: Winter, Alphajerk, Good, and Sway were recorded on 24 track at the lab in September 1994 and engineered by Chris Van De Geer and produced by Richard Aspden and Cicada. Track five was recorded at York Street Studio in April 1993, engineered by Malcolm Welsford and produced by Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke fame and producer of Shihad’s Churn album.

Reflective of live Cicada performances, a wide variety of sonic technology was utilized in the creation of the Oscillator product including acoustic, electronic, digital, analogue, modern and antiquated equipment with the aim of capturing a broad frequency response and ‘deep’ audal scope.

Oscillator captures well the elusive Cicada ‘sound’ – an invitation to new angles of listening pleasure. A limited edition lathe cut 7″ vinyl featuring Alphajerk and Winter was released by the band to follow the Oscillator EP.

The band recorded and self released a follow up album of material in 1997.

– Rob Mayes


  • Andrew Denton (Guitars)
  • Andrew Spraggon (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards)
  • John Taylor (Drums/Samples)
  • Kevin Tutt (Bass)


  • Winter 7″ lathe-cut (Mr Banger)
  • Backstab 7″ lathe-cut (Mr Banger)
  • Oscillator EP (1995, Failsafe Records, SAFE037)
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