Coming Events

The Wave - Chapter 3

Dates: Sat 25 Aug

The Way - Surf Doco

Dates: Sat 1st Sept

Come out and see NZ's latest surfing documentary 'The Way' followed by a Q&A with Maz and Riccardo. Then Sit Down In Front play in the bar! Enjoy the whole night for just $20 and support Gisborne Boardriders while you do. $5 from each ticket sale goes back to the club.
Tickets: $20 tickets available from Aviary or online at

Remaining tickets will be available for $25NZD at the door.

The Way
This is an inspirational story of the adversity and challenge professional surfers go through while trying to make it. It starts with the discovery of an old surfboard washed ashore in Nelson, New Zealand. The board is refurbished and it turns out it was shaped by legendary charger Peter Way, New Zealand’s first ever national champion in 1963. Peter was known for his antics in and out of the water, but it was his mark on surfboard shaping, competitive surfing and surf lifestyle that has influenced the lives of generations of surfers who have come after him. Current pros Paige Hareb, Billy Stairmand and Ricardo Christie weigh in on what has driven them to success and also hard times. Maz Quinn takes us through becoming the first ever Kiwi to make the world tour of surfing and we’re taken on a journey through thenorth island of New Zealand to return the old board to the man who made it, Peter Way.

Sit Down In Front
Sit Dow In Front was formed in January 2017 and started as a 3-piece band. Their first
performance was to 80 people to raise money to support their friend who needed surgery in the USA.

After performing at the Gisborne Rock Quest 2017, and winning the People’s Choice Award, they added a bass player. Their song “How Mean Would It Be” has played on Turanga FM and they have played many live gigs at venues around Gisborne, including opening for The D4 and Jon Toogood. They recorded their performance at the East by North East gig at Smash Palace in October 2017 and their song features on the ExNE compilation album.

They recently won the 2018 East Coast Rockquest final and have just finished recording their first studio album “Red Light Runner” that will be released 22 nd June. Their first single “Run Away Chair” was released on Monday 4 th June.

Sit Down In Front is a young punk band on the rise that are starting to turn some heads!

Anxiety Club

Dates: Sat 8 Sept, 8pm

Tickets just $15 on sale from Aviary or

After leaving the UK - and a burgeoning solo career - to return to his native Wellington, New Zealand, Kev Fitzsimons didn’t waste too much time in finding a new vehicle for his songs and voice. In 2016 he, and four other Wellingtonians formed Anxiety Club.

With players like Cam “Dusty” Burnell (Frank Burkitt Band, T-Bone Trio) onboard their sound was always going to have an Americana bent, but together the group has taken Fitzsimon’s songs to some unexpected places incorporating indie, grunge, alternative,
pop and electronic influences. They have arrived at a sound and style that is not too far removed from Wilco or Ryan Adams. But listen closely and you will hear traces of other influences like Nick Cave, Bowie, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Springsteen - as well as more contemporary acts like Beach House, The War on Drugs or Dawes. But write them off as serious naval-gazers at your peril – with a set that includes “Ginger in the Summer” they are a band that don’t take themselves too seriously.

"A band to get seriously excited about!" - The Revue, Music Blog

"Their sound is hard to describe, effortlessly gliding from a hint of one genre to the next and absolutely leaving you wanting more.." Lisa Ekdahl, TSB Festival of Lights.

The Chills "Snowbound" New Studio Album NZ Tour

Dates: Sat 15 September

The latest postcard from The Chills’ epic journey is an album about “consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality,” claims chief Chill, Martin Phillipps,. “Hopefully a kind of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks.”

Wow! Are rock bands allowed to grow old gracefully and assess the world’s and their shortcomings in the process? Is it possible to swerve the obvious and make something that’s bittersweet in tone but harmonious on the ear? Of course it is.

On “Snow Bound” lost heroes are lamented, relationships are re-evaluated, atonement is sought, mortality is mulled over and fake news is undercut. It’s serious stuff, the thoughts of a dysfunctional 50-something wrestling with maturity and discovering that their post-punk DIY beliefs still have a real voice that resonates between the fans of their early years and which can now pass down to the next generation.

Casting our minds back, we can recall that The Guardian mused, “They sound almost like the musical embodiment of autumn,” when confronted with “Silver Bullets”. Three years on, “Snow Bound” nestles heartily in its own winter of discontent. And all this with a humalong melodic verve, Phillipps’ gift for the tempered dalliance of verse and chorus, and those gorgeous euphoric organ fills. Let the soul-searching commence…

Track Listing : Bad Sugar, Time to Atone, The Greatest Guide, Scarred, Complex, Deep Belief, Lord of All I Survey, Snow Bound, Eazy Peazy, In Harmony.

Consolidating the album out upon the peaks and troughs of New Zealand’s wondrous land and soundscapes, The Chills set off again on an extensive national tour. With main centres, and some smaller towns they missed on the last run, included in the 14 dates.

The band will be joined by very special guest Reb Fountain to open the show.

Don McGlashan's Free Flight NZ Tour

Dates: Friday 21 September 8pm

$35 from or Aviary (cash only)

Don McGlashan’s songs of love, landscape and mystery have taken snapshots of
life in New Zealand for over three decades. By consistently challenging himself,
he’s achieved that rare combination: wide appeal, and the respect of fellow artists.
His effect on the Great New Zealand songbook is immeasurable.

Since The Mutton Birds period, Don has made three acclaimed solo albums -
Warm Hand (2006), Marvellous Year (2009), and Lucky Stars (2015). His 2006
gospel anthem “Bathe In The River” sung by Hollie Smith has become one of the
biggest NZ singles of all time.

Don has toured Australia, the US and Europe with Crowded House, both as an
opening act and as a band member. He was also involved in Neil Finn’s Seven Worlds Collide project, collaborating with The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, and members of Wilco and Radiohead, and he recently performed on Finn’s latest album Out Of Silence.

In 2012 he led the reformed Mutton Birds on a very special New Zealand tour, as
well as one show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

His most successful record since his time with The Mutton Birds, Lucky Stars
(released 2015) charted in the top 5 of the NZ Album Chart and saw an
overwhelming number of rave reviews in both New Zealand and Australia.

★★★★★ - New Zealand Herald

★★★★ 1⁄2 stars - Sydney Morning Herald

“The detail in Don’s songs – his lyrics – framed by the strange angels resting on
his shoulders, cresting the wave of each song with him, help to shape and place
this music as moment, postcard, handwritten letter.” - Off The Tracks

“A masterclass in song craft... with an inner world all his own.” - Rolling Stone

Emily Fairlight will be supporting Don McGlashan at the Dome. You can check out her beautiful sound at


Dates: First Tuesday of the month

The best in live music!

Come down on the first Tuesday of the month for the best selection of local music at the Poverty Bay Blues Night. Each month sees a new line-up of musicians giving us a taste of what they've got.

Doors open at 7pm, bands start 8pm. Just $5 on the door