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Billy Bragg Announces Fundraising Show For Christchurch Rehearsal Studio

Billy Bragg Announces Fundraising Show For Christchurch Rehearsal Studio

Friday 10th August, 2012 9:02AM

Billy Bragg announced last week that he was heading back our way for a nationwide tour in October. A special Christchurch date was promised in that announcement, the details of which have now been revealed...

Billy Bragg will be playing a show in Christchurch specifically to help raise funds for a new rehearsal studio called BEATBOX. It will be a stand alone band rehearsal facility made of modern quake safe modular boxes and will house four varied sized self-contained isolated soundproofed rooms with in built PA & AC systems along with meeting rooms. The studio will be part of the Boxed Quarter, a creative/cultural precinct planned for the corner of Madras and St Asaph Streets where Jetset Lounge/The Southlander Hotel once stood. For more information on the project head over to the Christchurch Music site - here are the show details:

Billy Brag BEATBOX Fundraiser Show

Tuesday 16th October, Aurora Centre, Christchurch

Tickets on sale now from Ticketek.

Click HERE for details of the rest of Billy Bragg's 2012 New Zealand tour.

Press Release:

Billy Bragg announces Christchurch show to help fund new Christchurch Musicians Rehearsal Studio – BEATBOX

TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER > AURORA CENTRE > CHRISTCHURCH

Billy Bragg has responded to a request for help and support that was sent out from the CHART organisation in Christchurch to his management office in London. He will now play a benefit concert for the BEATBOX project on Tuesday October 16th at the Aurora Centre at Burnside High School. Billy also hopes to be in Christchurch the day before the show to visit and help raise awareness.

The Christchurch BEATBOX benefit concert takes place following Billy Bragg’s three other NZ shows on his ‘Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me’ Tour in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin on October 12, 13 and 14. (Full tour details below).

BEATBOX is an innovative central city post-quake rebuild arts project in Christchurch, a multi-room music rehearsal space for local and touring acts and essentially the starting point of a music community hub within the devastated central city. Managed by CHART -The Christchurch Music Industry Trust, the BEATBOX project has initial start-up funding from local and central Government Earthquake and is seeking further financial support towards the creation of a collection of modern, safe and practical rehearsal spaces which will become a much needed central ‘hub’ for the city's artists to regroup, reinvigorate, revitalise and most importantly help reignite the voice of the city with the heart, soul and passion that Cantabrians are so well known for.

The facility is to be housed within the 'BOXed Quarter' – a development centred around independent thinking, a combination of art and music producing a precinct that combines office, hospitality and related retail. This funky, upbeat neighbourhood sits adjacent to the polytechnic, a recording studio, broadcasting school and other music related areas. Its edgy nature attracts others who want to relax and spend time and in the creative heart of lower High Street.

CHART (www.christchurchmusic.org.nz) has supported the music industry and community on whatever level is required in Christchurch. Since the quakes, most of the local venues and events (both large and small) have ceased to operate and the musical community has suffered hugely as a result.

The music community however is starting to regroup and be strong once again, but a central "musicians hub" will assist in collaborations and cooperation that will help drive the local music industry again.

BEATBOX is a stand alone band rehearsal facility made of modern quake safe modular 'boxes' part of the Boxed Quarter village. Artbox is the art gallery which will be the first project to be on site - see some images at http://artboxnz.weebly.com/ and BEATBOX will be a collaborative neighbour - essentially a music-friendly precinct, a first for NZ.

Billy Bragg’s benefit concert for the BEATBOX project takes place on Tuesday October 16th at the Aurora Centre at Burnside High School.

TIX: Ticketek: www.ticketek.co.nz / 0800 TICKETEK / 0800 842 538





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