Music Month and beyond

We’re already a week into June! The Queen had her birthday, some important people were honoured, while the rest of us did our winter weeding and burning in the back yard. And how fast did May go by. Another successful NZ Music Month been and gone, when local music was heard loud and clear on air, online and onstage.

The events didn’t seem to stand out so much this year, which testifies to the growing popularity of New Zealand music all year round, from summer’s Music in Parks to the Vodafone Music Awards in September. Not to mention the fine work of radio stations like 95bfm with the Fancy New Band showcase and KiwiFM uninhibited promotion of all good local produce.

In Auckland Libraries we celebrated with ukulele jams, concerts between the bookshelves, the premiere of a commissioned work, a panel discussion with important local music industry personalities. The discussion proved to be a fascinating conversation on important issues like the new NZ On Air ‘Making Tracks’ funding structure,, the legal issues of running a live music venue, and the ability to tour New Zealand without getting into much trouble.

At Onehunga Community Library, they partied their way through Youth Week with DJs and dancing out the front, while inside we jammed our way through Bruno Mars on fourteen ukuleles. Check out Onehunga’s Facebook page here, and their Youth Week photos here. Also, follow All things Musical at Auckland Libraries here.

So overall, May was a great success for Auckland music. Keep your eyes on the guides http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ for what’s coming up. Otherwise, hunker down in your thermal socks and listen to some some good sounds to get you through winter. The new Fleet Foxes is pretty sweet.

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