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Chartfest 2010


Fri 28 May 2010, 12:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Christchurch Town Hall, 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • GA: $17.50
  • Students & RDUnited members: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Nick Vassar

CPIT, CHART and CCC present Chartfest 2010 - Christchurch's annual New Zealand Music Month Festival at the Christchurch Town Hall complex on Friday 28 May 2010.

Christchurch’s biggest party features one of the strongest line-ups ever, keeping with the tradition of presenting dynamic emerging acts as well as some of the South Island’s most significant artists across five stages showcasing some beautifully diverse musical styles.

Flying Nun legends The Verlaines headline CHARTFEST 2010 and join a host of incredible South Island spawned talent on the CPIT ZM 91.3 Main Stage in the James Hay Theatre. Don’t miss the infectious melodies of the Dictaphone Blues, the duelling guitar pop/rock of MTV Kickstart winners Clap Clap Riot, and fresh from supporting Fleetwood Mac, the foot-stomping rockabilly folk-blues of The Eastern. Also performing are rising stars of NZ alt-country surf-rock The Unfaithful Ways, and the School Band Team Search winners (announced 19 May).

Some of the South Island’s most intense and energetic indie bands feature on the RDU 98.5FM Greenhorn Stage… unforgettable, youthful, adrenalin-fuelled mayhem. Headlining are the unrelenting, uncompromising NME favourites Die! Die! Die! The Limes Room is set to have its roof lifted with the furious punk of The Transistors, the indie pop of RoundUp winners Sleepy Age and the slamming melodic energy of Anthesiac (who also feature on the CHARTDisc Vol. 3 release out May 1st).

Subtler tastes will be satisfied by the Electronic Stage with Massive and KiwiFm 102.5 bringing the outdoor party inside in the Cambridge Room led by the soothing future-soul beats of The Electric Wire Hustle Soundsystem with Benny Tones, the cathartic electro of the global outdoor festival crusader Tom Cosm, Decknology winner Marty J and a spontaneous live set from Philter. Celebrate urban styles next door on the MAINZ TahuFM 90.5 City Roots Stage led by the skanking reggae dub of Salmonella Dub protégé’s Soulsystem, the smooth r’n’b sound of Restoration, tru-skool hip hop from Harlequin Trax and a high energy hip hop dance demo from Swarm led by international hip hop and funk dancer Elly Hanssen.

Finally, relax on the Chill Stage presented by Licence To Chill and Volcano Radio 88.5FM to the soothing sounds of CHARTDISC Vol. 3 the downbeat chill edition and special live performances. Check out the new lounge funk of Switch Sanchez Nacoa, the neo-soul of Sacha Vee, the acoustic alt-country of The Easy Hearts and the Dub-Psy-Steppin-Prog-Tec-Minimal-Trance-Beat of Mr Squatch!

Chartfest starts at 1pm with the Ukulele Orchestra Competition for those budding uke fanatics and an attempt at NZ’s largest combined ukulele orchestra playing The Exponents ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me’.

Music performance clinics with the city’s leading tutors are followed by the Music Career and Industry Expo, where everything you ever needed to know about the Christchurch music scene will be on show in the Town Hall complex.

All Ages welcome.

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