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Firmly entrenched as part of our cultural landscape, the month of May has gone from a period of encouraging radio to play more local tunes, to a 31-day celebration of homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country.


NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with many other NZ music organisations including NZ On Air, Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS and The Music Managers Forum (MMF). NZ Music Month also relies on the support of the country's labels, media, the general public, and, most importantly, the artists themselves.

NZ Music Month originally started as NZ Music Week on Anzac Day 1997. In 2001 it became NZ Music Month and took up permanent residence during May.

Not only is this a great time of the year to show our support for our local bands and musicians, but during May 2020 we will also be celebrating 20 years of NZ Music Month!

Download your own NZ Music Month 2020 posters

What's Happening?

This year sees the return of the NZ Music Month T-shirts through Hallensteins, with unique tees, designed by local NZ artists available to purchase here. Proceeds from the T-shirt sales will be donated to MusicHelpsHallensteins will also be showcasing a great range of incredible local NZ artists live on Instagram and they will be continuing the Live in the Lounge’ series every weekend throughout the month of May.
Online music channel E NOHO have partnered with the NZ Music Commission to put on a live-streamed show every Friday night at 8pm throughout May to showcase emerging talent and new discoveries. Presented by Auckland-based musician Ed Waaka, these incredible shows will feature three talented musicians each week via the E NOHO and NZ Music Month Facebook pages.
The wonderful people at NicNak Media continue to bring us the Lockdown Live online music series, showcasing a line-up of NZ's hottest emerging talent. During May you can tune in on Wednesdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 May at 8:00pm.
Independent Music NZ's (IMNZ) Going Local seminars and the NZ Music Month Summit (presented in association with the NZ Music Managers Forum (MMF)) will be hosted online, prioritising advice and helpful information on building a music career and profile when touring is off the table.

The NZ Music Month Summit is taking place on Saturday 23 May at 11am.  There will be discussions with NZ artists and music industry professionals around the NZ Music Month theme of supporting our local music industry.
Presented by Electric Kiwi, Jam on Toast is a Facebook live festival featuring a range of great Kiwi acts such as The Upbeats, Paige, Alae and Randa.

Check it out on Saturdays 2 and 9 May.
To show their support for NZ music and music venues, Auckland Museum has shared some of their favourite posters showcasing Auckland bands and iconic Auckland music venues. These posters offer a glimpse into Auckland's anarchic, door-kicking punk and new-wave scenes that stomped their way into the city's late 70's-early 80's musical landscape .

Check out the posters here
The Performing Arts Network of NZ (PANNZ) in association with Auckland Live are hosting an online hui here with the aim to connect the creative sector on Monday 4 May at 11am.

The Taite Music Prize awards ceremony is taking place on Tuesday 5 May at 5:30pm via RNZ Music's Facebook Page, to recognise outstanding creativity in an album or EP. The ceremony can also be viewed here and here.

Alongside the main Taite Music Prize, winners of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Music NZ Classic Record and the Independent Spirit Award will also accept their awards via live stream.

Finalist Announcement
Winners Announcement

The Two Daze music compilation is making a return, recruiting a nationwide dream team of musicians to contribute songs they've written in just 48 hours. Organiser Isaac MacFarlane (Hahko, ex-Two Cartoons and Spawts invited 34 artists such as Koizilla and Dicatphone Blues to write and record a new song in early April. These songs will be released during every week in May.
Holiday Records in association with Roundhead Studios, Munki Studios and Sunday Best plan to press a 7" record in Aotearoa for the first time since 1987, choosing which artist it will feature during May. Entries are open until Wednesday 31 May. More info here.
The Nook and Cranny Music Festival will be going virtual with live performances for the ultimate taster of NZ music direct to your devices and living rooms on Sunday 3 May from 11am.

More than 50 Dunedin artists will be performing between bookstacks, in elevators, on tables, in the Nooks and Crannies of the Library.
Last October Bulletbelt entered The Surgery studio with Producer James Goldsmith (Beastwars, Earth Tongue) to record their album. Filmmaker Amber Beaton was on hand to capture the process. On  Friday 1 May they will be sharing an advanced premiere of Prevail and Conquer on Facebook and Instagram.
Christchurch venue The Darkroom is launching a Boosted crowd funding campaign to help cover rent and utilities. To coincide with the launch of the venue's fundraising efforts, and the 20th anniversary of NZ Music Month, the Darkroom has also announced the Darkroom Social Distancing Special, an online gig featuring 24 local Christchurch bands and musicians. Live streaming will take place on Facebook and Boosted Live from 6pm until Midnight on both Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May.

Also Happening...

TOO CUT'S NZ MUSIC MONTH CHALLENGE
Friday 1 May and Friday 22 May

More Info

THE STOMACH LIVE STREAMED SHOWS
Every Friday
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SPARK SESSIONS
Every Sunday and Wednesday night
More Info
Be in to win your own Spark Session here.

THE BIG LITTLE LOCKDOWN KIWI MUSIC QUIZ
Wednesday 6 May

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VODAFONE LOUNGE JAMS
Thursday 7 May

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NZ STORY
For every day in May, NZ Story are sharing a current favourite Kiwi song to highlight NZ's vibrant music community.



NZ MUSIC T-SHIRT DAY
Wear your favourite NZ music t-shirt and donate to the MusicHelps Lives appeal
New Zealand Artist Merch
29 May

RAGLAN ROAST WEEKLY SHOW
Now streamed from a coffee shop every Saturday night

SOUTHERN CROSS WEEKLY MUSIC QUIZ
Every Thursday
More Info



BAND FERNS
Players from the Black Ferns have created this rendition of Tutira Mai Nga Iwi.
The Black Ferns have also created playlists of their favourite local songs. Links are on their Twitter.

PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS VOTING
Vote for this year's Pacific Music Awards here
There is also a Spotify playlist featuring the nominees here


Details for more gigs and events can be found here.

Boosted Live

Boosted campaigns
Boosted has a 'Pay It Forward' fundraising strategy.
More info here and here.
Cassette Nine Whammy Bar and
The Wine Cellar
San Fran The Dark Room
Blue Smoke Cabana
The Dog with Two Tails Neck of the Woods
Smash Palace Totara Street
Space Academy Meow
The Dome Bar Cassette Nine
Galatos Ding Dong Lounge
The Plant Wunderbar
Boosted Shows
NZ Symphony Orchestra
1 May - 6:30pm
Stretch
1 May - 7pm
Arjuna Oakes
1 May - 7pm
9 May - 5pm
15 May - 7pm
Luigi Cappel
3 May - 5pm
10 May - 5pm
Bryony Matthews
3 May - 3pm
10 May - 3pm
17 May - 3pm

NZ Radio

RNZ is celebrating NZ Music Month with fresh daily music, sharing a new song and video from
an up-and-coming Kiwi artist every day throughout May.

Music will be played after 1pm weekdays and during Saturday's Music 101 show.

RNZ will also be showcasing covers of classic Kiwi songs every Monday at 3:30pm. A host of well-known Kiwi artists will be sharing their covers, so stay tuned for some nice surprises.

All five student radio stations around the country; bFMRadio ControlRadio OneRadio Active and  RDU are confirmed to feature a week of 100% local music during NZ Music Month.

George FM is stoked to be presenting Aotearoa Anthems, a countdown of the Top 100 Kiwi songs as voted for by the
George Listeners.

The Molten Metal Show on Rock It 107.5FM Port Chalmers will be presenting
NZ Metal Month - more info here.

Flava will be presenting the History of NZ Hip Hop every Friday during May from 10am.

ZM will be presenting Float At Home through their Facebook page on Saturday 9 May from 3pm.

Most FM are hosting Under the Mic Archives almost every day during May, as well as a Graham Brazier special on
Saturday 16 May.

Mai FM will be hosting Backyard Beats 50 on Sunday 31 May from 12pm.

The Edge is hosting Insta Sessions featuring NZ bands and musicians.

Join Jay and Dunc on The Rock each weekday to hear highlighted Kiwi artists. The Rock are also giving listeners the chance to win $1,500 for their next local music experience, and donating $1500 to MusicHelps. More info here.


New Music

There'll be plenty of delicious offerings of new music available during NZ Music Month 2020. Here's a selection of what to expect:

We'll see more "impressive energy and powerful sounds" from Auckland four-piece Coridian as they release their highly-anticipated third EP  Eldur. Featuring their latest singles Rite of Passage and The Witness, this is one EP which is sure to excite.

Eldur (Nordic for fire) is the third in a four-part EP series that the band began in 2015 with Oceanic. The four EP cycle covers off all of the elements that comprise the earth. The Eldur EP will set its release into the world on Friday May 22, and is available for pre-order now. It will also be accompanied with a video documenting the entire process and concept.

Coridian will also be releasing their newest single Good For Nothing on Friday May 8.

Chris Chick from Muzic.net.nz recently spoke to Coridian - check out their interview here.

More Info
Coridian Artist Page

May the Fourth be with you, as Channeled release their brand-new single. The Taste of Blood is hard hitting right from the roaring guitars that come blasting in from the start. The opening riff will get your heart pumping with adrenaline, and by the end you will want to experience it all over again.

Carrying on and evolving the sound found on the well-received self-titled debut album, The Taste of Blood is the perfect first track to promote the new upcoming, yet to be titled, second album due end of the year.

The Taste of Blood will be released globally on all streaming platforms at 8pm on Monday May 4 and you can pre-order it here.

More Info
Channeled Artist Page

Auckland based alternative rock band, Bad Jones will be releasing their debut EP entitled You Are All Animals on Friday May 15. You Are All Animals will be available through digital platforms.

Recorded and mixed by Dave Rhodes in October/November 2019 between Auckland's Parachute Studios and Matarangi in the Coromandel, You Are All Animals is a blend of dissonance, vocal hooks and aggressive riffs, and is an authentic replication of the bands live highlights to date, including the previously released single, Soul No Body.

You can follow Bad Jones on Facebook and Instagram to receive up to date information about upcoming events and releases.

Bad Jones Artist Page

West Auckland alternative Metal band Primacy are releasing their debut album Seeds of Change on Friday May 22.

Seeds of Change comprises 7 songs that explore the pressures we face as humans and as custodians of an overburdened planet. Dark technical basslines blend with a heavy rhythmic groove, while aggressive guitar and raw moody vocals complete a dense and detailed soundscape.

Produced and mixed by guitarist Jared Tobin and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Sepultura amongst others), Seeds of Change is the culmination of two years of hard work and growth.


Seeds of Change
will be available from Primacy’s Bandcamp page as well as all major streaming platforms. A limited run of CD’s will also be available.

More Info
Primacy Artist Page

The Nighthawk Experience (NHE) is a brand new animated musical journey which will take you on an adventure with its hard hitting story and music. The NHE's musical genre falls under numerous genre umbrellas including alternative rock, hard rock, pop and indie.

2020 is looking too be a massive year for The Nighthawk Experience as the NHE has its debut EP release Current Lies on Friday May 22, which has 5 banging tracks on it. The NHE currently has a website under development and the beginnings of an online merchandise shop. The NHE is created by Scott McDonald-Bull, a singer/songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand. He writes and composes all the music you hear from the NHE.

Scott recently spoke to Muzic.net.nz - you can check out his interview here.

The Nighthawk Experience Artist Page

Auckland alt-rock outfit City of Souls dropped their mammoth 16-track debut album Synaesthesia last Friday May 1.

Synaesthesia has been an album five years in the making. Marcus Powell elaborates: "City of Souls have hit every single obstacle and block you can imagine. For us, this album is about endurance, passion, and a deep love for music."

City of Souls have built a solid reputation as a live act to be reckoned with and developed a strong fanbase in New Zealand and across the world. With support locally including The Rock and Radio Hauraki, the band continue to push the envelope with their sound single by single, resulting in a solid collection of 16 tracks for the debut album.

The City Of Souls sound is a true amalgamation of the members bringing something from each of their projects. Creating one of New Zealand’s heaviest and most loved rock bands.

Chris Chick from Muzic.net.nz had a few questions for City of Souls recently, you can check out their interview here.

More Info
City of Souls Artist Page

Outside In weave together alternative and prog-rock elements to produce a sound that is their own.

This is a sound which is set to come alive with the release of their new album Karmatrain on Friday 29 May.

Preceding this will be the release of the official video for their single Om on Friday 1 May. The clip offers up an ominous and curious aesthetic featuring puppetry by Ashton Brown, which intertwines perfectly with a track written about finding your place in the bigger picture.

Karmatrain is a culmination of over two years of writing, developing songs and recording, and the end result is a stunning piece of work which is sure to capture your attention.

More Info
Outside In Artist Page

Lost Tribe Aotearoa is a Raglan based group of talented musos, hailing from all over the Pacific. Lost Tribe Aotearoa's self-titled album dropped on Friday May 1.

There’s something for everyone on there, and 2 of the tunes, including the lead single Wicked Man, has caught the ears of NZ On Air, who gave them a couple of sweet grants to get their album on the way. They also won the Mai FM ‘Big Break’ for their track Irie in 2018!

Lost Tribe Aotearoa is authentically from this land. This album is gritty, fun, upbeat and thought-provoking, as well as sounding amazing as it is recorded and produced at Roundhead by Scott Seabright and mastered at Kog by Chris Chetland.

More Info
Lost Tribe Aotearoa Artist Page

Dunedin musician Darryl Baser is set to release his second album #secondselfie on Tuesday May 12.

#secondselfie is a collaboration between Baser and a bunch of others, including EDM producer Robots in Love and electronic producer Haszari. There are also a few tracks recorded town Stephen Hastie on drums and Paul S Allen on bass. 

The album is being released two ways: a 5 song version on Bandcamp, and a 12 song version on CD. There will only be 50 CDs made on the first run, all featuring original artwork by Dunedin artist Sarah Flourish.

The first single from #secondselfie is set go live on Bandcamp at the start of May to celebrate the 20th anniversary of New Zealand Music Month.

Darryl Baser Artist Page

May Releases

MAY 1
City of Souls Synaesthesia Album
Lost Tribe Aotearoa Lost Tribe Aotearoa Album
Holly Afoa Sister EP
Mazbou Q Afroternity EP
Midnight Manor Save The World Single
Reb Fountain Reb Fountain Album
Sonic Space Lab Up In The Air EP
Kaela HTKY Single
Fly My Pretties The Studio Recordings Part Two Album
Chris Lake  Explore EP
Outside In Om Video
Known Associates Ride The Wave Album
Dateline Dateline Live EP
Milly Tabak & The Miltones Honest Woman Single
Jed Parsons Playstation and Porn Single
Tim Allen Won't Let You Win Single
JessB Pon It Single
Little Ripples Rise and Fall Album

MAY 12
Darryl Baser #secondselfie Album
KITA Try To Find A Way Video
Audiophysical Feat. Wallace Cosmos Single/Video

MAY 14

Repairs Last Chances Single
Giantess Big Woman Album

MAY 15

Bad Jones You Are All Animals EP
Sofia Machray Handstands Single
Theia Celebrity Single

MAY 18
WHIM Mother Tongue EP

MAY 19

Ivy Angel  Escalade Single
MAY 2
Age of Destitute Lunar Love Single

MAY 4
Channeled The Taste of Blood Single
Ryan Lovins Feat. Anime, Two6Seven and PHD Hip Hop NZ Crazy Love Single
Katie Thompson West Coast Video
Social Shun Hmmmm It Tastes Just Like Garlic Bread Single

MAY 5
Buda Days of Colour EP
Steve Abel  Ache of You Single

MAY 22
Coridian Eldur EP
Primacy Seeds of Change Album
The Nighthawk Experience Current Lies EP
Mudbelly
 Mudbelly Album 
Voodoo Bloo MMA Single

MAY 29
Outside In Karmatrain Album
Alayna Powley EP
Alexa Casino Keep Breathing
She Loves You Devout Single
Konarucchi They Follow Single



MAY 6
Milly Tabak & The Miltones Honest Woman Video

MAY 8
Coridian Good For Nothing Single
Amamelia Wow EP
Goodspace Under The Loquat Tree Album
Madeleine Howard No More Single
Bad Hagrid Bad Hagrid and The Planet of the Androgynites Album
Daily J Skylah Single

OTHER MAY RELEASES
Jacquie Walters Time Will Tell Album
Dilz Feat. Ty and Sid Diamond Rewind Single
Ashley Alexander Staring At The Sun For Too Long EP
Banks Arcade  Fever Dreams Album
Claudia Gunn Singles
Mental Fatal Album
Guardian Singles Single and Video
Crap Date Single and Video
Joseph and Maia Music Video



NZ Music Month Links

Official Website

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Twitter

Donations to MusicHelps can be made via Give A Little, texting 'MUSIC' to 2448 to donate $3, by transfer using internet banking and by PayPal.

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