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Live Sunday Sessions at Diamond Harbour this Summer…..

Wondering what to do in Christchurch this summer? Well we have the answer….grab some friends or the family and jump on the Diamond Harbour Ferry to cruise across Lyttleton Harbour and enjoy one of the many ‘Sunday Sessions’ planned this summer….

Live at the point

The annual summer series of Live at the Point kicked off with a mixture of gospel, country and generally sweet music from The Eastern on the 3rd January 2016. They then follow with the dates below…

  • January 2016:
  • 17th – Phoebe Leyten and Nomad
  • 24th – Fiona Pears
  • 31st – the Brooms
  • February 2016:
  • 7th – Lindon Puffin
  • 14th – Los Farsantes

It’s the perfect afternoon escape for local Christchurch folk or for people with friends and family visiting Christchurch…and best of all it’s completey free

For up to date info, pics and more check them out on Facebook

The series was started a few years back after a group of local folk came together (any locals are welcome!) who have an interest in supporting the post-earthquake recovery of our community. The group has been established as a sub-committee of the Diamond Harbour Community Association and is known as SPRIG (Stoddart Point Regeneration Ideas Group). SPRIG includes representatives from all the local residents associations, and seeks to work with all local groups. Thier membership is fluid and if you have an idea or wish to support a project then you are welcome to join for them as long as suits you, or just tell them what you think

Sign up for newsletters info@sprig.org.nz

Phoebe Leyten and Nomad

17 January 2016

Phoebe Leyten

Soul singer-songwriter and recording artist Phoebe Leyten also goes under the name Lelijveld to showcase her magical mix of funk, blues and soul music.” https://www.facebook.com/Lelijveld-1431283623785233/


Christchurch teens, Nomad, have been winning over unsuspecting audiences, show by show. They opened for Fly My Pretties, Marlon Williams and Benny Tipene, and have played Lazy Sundays, Music in Parks Auckland, Festival of Lights New Plymouth and Queenstown Winterfestival. Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski formed a band at school in Christchurch as 15-year olds and their differing musical tastes collide to shape their alt-pop/folk sound. They have just released the undeniably-catchy ‘Love Will Call’, written with Benny Tipene. Their debut, ‘I Will Find You’, was produced by Dave Dobbyn (who also features on guitar) and went to No 8 in the NZ singles chart.

Fiona Pears

24 January 2016

‘Electrifying’ – ‘extraordinarily animated’-‘featuring rare and natural charisma’.. These are words used to describe Fiona Pears, the highly talented violinist and composer from Christchurch. Together with her talented band, featuring Ian Tilley on piano, Pete Fleming on double bass and Mike Ferrar on guitar, Fiona will perform music from her own exciting compositions as well as some well known favorites. Expect a fiery melting pot of flavours! New Zealand born and now based in Christchurch after spending the last 10 years performing internationally, Fiona’s personal highlights include appearing at Ronnie Scott’s world famous jazz club in London and performing her own compositions and arrangements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Fiona has released six CDs and two DVDs to date. Her latest CD Swing Driven Thing was released in 2014 and is a mixture of her own compositions alongside passionate gypsy jazz. Fiona has also performed as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. She is also a guest performer on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary cruises. http://www.fionapears.com

The Brooms

31 January 2016

Formed early 2013, the Brooms offer an eclectic repertoire of song covers ranging from country folk to pop and blues. Having a concealed number of years between them, their acoustic sound is diverse and infectious. Not 4, not 10, but up to as many as 14 strings plucked in poetic unison on bass, guitars and violin – yes – all this combined with lush vocal harmonies!

Lindon puffin

7 February 2016

Born in Christchurch and raised in Picton, Puffin first rose to national prominence as frontman of glam rock group The Puffins in the mid nineties. His music has been described as ‘a blend of heartfelt acoustic, country, rock and folk music’ and with a sound that compares to Chris Knox, Elvis Costello, and Morrissey.

Los Farsantes

14 February 2016

Los Farsantes (translated The Impostors) has become one of the most popular Latin bands to hail from “The Garden City” Christchurch, New Zealand, with their sonic melting pot of classic rock mixed with contagious latin rhythms and percussion. https://www.facebook.com/losfarsanteschch/