Music and Arts in May

Music and Arts in May does exactly what it says on the tin! The UCSA teams up with a number of clubs to bring you a host of events all musically and artsy throughout the entire month of May.



A Music & Arts Cabaret  @The Foundry Wednesday 2nd, Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May Students $15 Adults $30

As part of the UCSA’s Music in Arts in May program, MUSOC are excited to bring a collection of classic and modern show – stopping moments from the radio, stage and everything in between. Join their highly talented cast over three spectacular nights. They are ready to blow your mind with hits from Moulin Rouge, Sia, and Hamilton plus more – this is certainly a show not to be missed!

Tickets include complimentary nibbles and great vibes.


@The Foundry Thursday 3rd May MONO NIGHTS free student event 8pm

 DEADBEAT is the alter ego and musical concept of Shelton Woolright (). In its simplest form DEADBEAT is essentially a unique high energy ‘Drum DJ’ set, delivered with conviction, layering live drums over eclectic cross genre mashup of the biggest party tunes on the planet. This is not just a ‘DJ set’, this is a visual experience. Dropping vocal stems of Biggie over Major Laser, Diplo into Nirvana, Dr Dre vs Rage Against the Machine, White Stripes over Snopp Dogg.

DEADBEAT is an original, inspired live experience that will galvanise any concert goer to move to the beat.

*MONO NIGHTS free for UC students plus ones $10 after 9pm* 


Every Friday afternoon from 4pm free event

LIVE LOUNGE at The Shilling club will be a weekly music feature, bringing you the best of Christchurch’s unsigned artists every Friday afternoon in May. Giving local musicians a platform to showcase their songs and live streamed on RDU Radio, will finally put the spotlight on students and give them a bigger audience!

Every Friday in May from 4pm @The Shilling Club


@The Foundry Tuesday 8th May doors at 6.30pm free event

Grab your mates and your bingo plotter and enjoy a night packed full of great music from the 80’s, 90’s and todays hits, lots of prizes, competitions, beers, burgers and loads of fun.

This is no normal bingo, dropping beats not balls!

FREE TO PLAY, if you would like a table please make sure you book, otherwise walk-in and pull up a chair. Musical bingo starts at 7pm. 


– Tuesday 1st May – Tuesday 8th May daily free event

NO ARTSITSIC SKILLS NEEDED – Come and let your creativity go and explore your inner Banksy. Join in to create your own masterpiece on our blank canvas in the UNDERCROFT! If you are feeling adventurous, come and experience art in a whole new way! 

 Daily Tuesday 1st May to Tuesday 8th May.


@The Foundry Thursday 10th May MONO NIGHTS free student event 8pm

Running Touch is the mysterious artist from Melbourne that has grown from an industry whisper to one of the most esteemed new acts to hit the electronic music in recent times – an exceptional producer, live performers, songwriter, singer and key studio member of Australian hard-core band “Ocean Grove”.

A forward-thinking, visionary more than just a musician alone, the Running Touch project is a seasonal, starry-eyed, sky-gazing progression into experimentalism that brings a new concept of electronic music that incorporates testing, contentious tactics and an in-depth twist on reality into music.

The Running Touch project is a middle-grounded insertion into a body of alias’, fluently rocking back and forth between experimental electronica, indie-pop and indie-electronic sounds.


@The Foundry Saturday 12th May

UC’s annual Battle of The Bands competition is your chance to become the next big act from UC. Open to bands with at least one UC student, this is your opportunity to get amongst the thriving UC Music scene and maybe become the next big thing!

Tickets $5.00 on the door for non TuneSoc members


Student Film Competition @The Foundry Wednesday 16th May free event

UC’s iconic film competition is back for 2018!  We’re aiming to screen EVERY film produced at our big awards night. So you’ll definitely be able to tell your mum you’re a ‘filmmaker’. We’ll also be giving out REAL AWARDS.

Doors 7pm brought to you by Harrington’s.


@Bentleys Wednesday 16th, 18th & 19th May 7.30pm & 2pm matinee

3SOME is a classic DRAMASoc event dating back to 2001. They take 3 scripts and 3 directors, cast 3 casts then spend 3 weeks rehearsing and spending $33 budget, to put on 3 plays each night with $3.00 tickets! This year they are adding 4PLAY into their 3SOME by having improvisers from the group ‘Say what’ set the stage for the plays. What a deal!

$3.00 on the door


@The Foundry Thursday 17th May MONO Nights free student event 8pm

NZ's biggest phenomenon in bass music QUIX- is here at Mono with his latest tour storm!

Over 40 dates throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand, he has quickly gained the support from top tier DJs including Skrillex, RL Grime, Major Lazer, and What So Not and has released on labels including as Dim Mak, Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold, and Nest.

With a whole stack of original and up and coming collaborations with Gucci Mane, Baauer, and Alison Wonderland, definitely keep an eye out for this kiwi producer as he continues to tear up the trap scene.

In support is special guest Godlands! Turning heads quickly, Godlands is the product of old school sounds meeting new school methods. A forerunner of the new wave of Australian electronic music, this young upstart has the enviable ability to transform beats into heaving club anthems, with a festival-ready steeze that’ll test even the best systems. Get used to this future legend, because the Godlands era has only just begun.

Full Moon Party

Friday 19th May, The classy cats of the GC and the full-time froth squad at CUBA HQ have combined to bring you a Ko Pha Ngan night of NEON and UV Colour that promises to be the greatest FULL MOON PARTY that the people of Ilam Islands have ever seen.

 So go on, pull out your tightest and brightest attire, slap on the body paint or get painted on entry if your creative juices are lacking. Most importantly though, make sure those slick short have some room to move, because we’ve got a bucket load of premium tunes to get you grooving till the full moon goes down.


Love CUBE x GC

Musoc & Tunesoc Presents:

The 2018 Soiree @undisclosed location Sunday May 20th 4pm

Autumn is upon us, and so is your excuse to get classy

 Centered in one of the beautiful parts of Christchurch’s paradise, we move away from the classic uni area to spice up ya Sunday evening (Location to be disclosed once you have purchased your ticket). Come and enjoy some drinks and nibbles as a variety of bands take to the stage to bless your eardrums with some snazzy tunes.

 Classy means throw your Reeboks and Nikes to the back of the closet and polish off ya coolest dancing shoes. Dresses and shirts are essential, but jackets might be a necessity, obviously depending on how much fizzy goes down the hatch.

Tickets from Eventbrite: $10

This is an R18 event.


– Create a Crafty Competition free student event

Winner announced 21st May on air RDU

As craft beer continues to rise in popularity, we too have decided to jump in on the Hipster bandwagon. So together with Cassels & Sons Brewing Co, we are giving UC students the chance to name, design and brand the new UCSA brewsky. A tap in the Shilling Club is going to be the new home of our liquid gold brew, so we want you to name and design a label for us.

Prizes to be won and bragging rights privileges to be had.  You MUST 18+ to enter

Jekyll & Hyde Pop Up

@The Undercroft lunch Monday 21st May

 Special guests Susie Berry and Jack Buchanan are part of the company presenting a bonkers rendition of Jekyll & Hyde at the Isaac Theatre Royal 5-6 July. In their show they tell the tale of the most delightfully evil man alive, Mr Hyde. He’s the guy who uses the last of the toilet roll and doesn’t replace it before leaving the bathroom. Who does that? Who is this mad man? 

Come along and find out. Gather up your friends, lovers and distant cousins and join the charmingly ‘French’ performers from A Slightly Isolated Dog as they create their own brand of sexy chaos at the {name of the area} - lunchtime in the Undercroft  Monday 21 May. 


@The Foundry 21st & 23rd May 7pm

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams released his sophomore album, Make Way for Love, on February 16th. Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice, Make Way for Love marks Marlon’s exponential growth as a songwriter.

Throughout 11 original songs, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship. While Make Way for Love draws on Marlon’s own story, it captures the vagaries of relationships we’ve all been through: the bliss, ache, uncertainty, and bitterness. Like the best breakup records, Make Way for Love is delicate and bold, tender and searing, it’s a mightily personal new step. 

Make Way for Love was recorded with producer Noah Georgeson and his backing band, The Yarra Benders, in North California’s Panoramic Studios after several weeks of pre-production in his native Lyttelton with regular collaborator Ben Edwards.

Tickets on sale @Ticketmaster                                                                                   

RDU Live outside Broadcast & RDU History Exhibition

@The Undercroft Monday 21st -25th May all day

Rolling since 1976, RDU98.5fm is the only bastion of alternative radio in Christchurch. As a not-for-profit community broadcaster, they have been reliably pumping out alternative music, news, and culture since it all began as the official student radio station of Canterbury University waaay back in the day.

Four decades and plenty of history later they will broadcasting live from the Undercroft on campus, as well as showcasing the history of the South Island’s longest-running independent radio station,. The RDU Exhibition will display how RDU has earned its reputation for showcasing New Zealand bands which hadn’t yet achieved mainstream radio play. It supported the emerging Flying Nun record label bands, and was the only radio station in Christchurch to unleash the world of early electronica.

 Mostly RDU are passionate about Christchurch and all things happening in our city, and endeavour to empower local communities through community broadcasting.

RDU Live broadcast Monday 21st May all day  


@The Foundry 22nd May doors 6pm tickets from $39.99 @Eventbrite

The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, and former US Manager Sam Cutler has the inside scoop on the exhilarating rock n roll lifestyle. Alongside a special screening of “Gimme Shelter”, the documentary, about the ill-fated Altamont Free Concert where The Rolling Stones performed in 1969, will be followed by an audience Q&A with Mr Cutler.

Along the way Sam Cutler will tell of the intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the sixties and seventies, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton. This is an exhilarating, all - areas - access rock reveal from someone who has seen - and done - it all.

This is an exclusive Christchurch event, as part of the UCSA Students Association’s Music & Arts in May programme & NZ Music Month, and will also feature a meet & greet.  


@The Foundry Thursday 24th  May MONO Nights free student event 8pm

 Oscar Key Sung music is a passion perfected through equal parts discipline and obsession, a sound that leaves you in a state of being consumed, used up, enjoyed, existing completely inside a space that is, at once, intimate and vast.

Fusing subtle melodies with a more throbbing and visceral soundscape, the tension between intimate moments, and the more impersonal, very danceable RnB and pop music fuelled moments are what make his style so impalpable.

Oscar’s latest EP ‘No Disguise,’ made in Point Lonsdale and Mexico City, and then revisited while living in Berlin and Los Angeles, captures the potency of a state of being that is immersive and transient. Each song is like a container of feeling and experience, memory and time. 

Oscar’s diligence in maintaining a captivating and high quality output was met with a UK support tour alongside London 3-piece and 2015 BBC British Artist of the Year nominees – Years & Years. The tour would prove to legitimise Oscar Key Sung’s swelling Australian profile into a realm of international accolades and success.

Oscar has toured festivals in Australia and the US, performing at SXSW as well as clubs throughout Europe, Japan, and the US.


@The Foundry 30th May doors 7pm

The Bats are back in a special throw back …35 years after forming, influential New Zealand rock band The Bats are landing at The Foundry for the UCSA’s Music & Arts in May program. Formed in Christchurch in 1982, Bass Player Paul Kean was actually the editor for CANTA Magazine and the bands label, Flying Nunn Records started here on campus!

With Special Guests, we are taking you way way back to the 80’s & 90’s, to make you even wonder if you ever truly left University? Bring ya Mum she’ll think its fun!

Tickets on sale at Eventbrite soon