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20 July 2022
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Introducing Go Live for 2022. After a successful debut, the indoor festival is set to welcome local artists to the stage in Christchurch once again later this month. Blow the dust off your dancing shoes and lace them up tight. You’re in for an unforgettable two nights. Words Hannah Powell

Whether you’re into the iconic sound of Shihad or synth-pop princess PRINS, Go Live has something for everyone this year. A showcase of local talent, artists will be playing across five different stages housed in the Christchurch Town Hall. Held on July 22-23, the all-ages event will be a weekend of electric bliss.

Lucy Blackmore, manager of events and arts at Christchurch City Council, says Go Live will be a massive melting pot of local music.

“We’ve ramped up the programme this year – festival goers can expect everything from drum and bass through to rock, pop and electronica,” she says.

The launch party starts on Friday night. Artists such as Volts, Heavy Jones, and Deep Water Creek will be firing up the Lines Room stage for headline act Jon Toogood from Shihad.

Saturday welcomes 16 acts – including Stellar*, Paige Julia, Goodwill and The Hootź. Playing across five different stages, festival-goers will be treated to a party mix of emerging and established bands and artists.

Rock musician Emma Dilemma has been invited back for her second year, and she’s buzzing about it. A stalwart of the Christchurch music scene, Emma’s looking forward to performing her latest release, ‘Spit’. 

An eclectic mix of genre and sound, Emma’s music is bound to get people on their feet.

“Everyone can expect dancing and a good time,” she says.

For those interested in how the music world works, Go Live is offering a daytime event: Industry Talks.

From an artist’s perspective, Emma says the talks on offer are super helpful for emerging musicians.

“[For] local artists and people that are wanting to get into the music industry, whether it’s from an artist’s perspective, management, or booking agent, it’s really cool to have those experts come in and share their knowledge with Christchurch artists and industry.”

Lucy says there’s a real synergy between the seminars and live shows.

“The seminars aim to give up-and-coming acts the tools they need to take that next step in their careers. Aspiring artists can take in some live performances at the evening concerts, as well as build new connections and upskill at the Industry Talks on Saturday afternoon.”

And who knows, Lucy adds, they may end up on the line up for Go Live in a few years.

With a line up boasting nostalgia and fresh, catch Stellar*, 1 Drop Nation, degrees.K, Imperial April, PRINS, Emma Dilemma, Midi Committee, Paige Julia, The Hootź, Al Park, EBB, No Broadcast, Candice Milner and Elidi on Saturday July 23. For fans of speed-metal, dark energy, and powerhouse rock, check out Go Live’s launch party on the Friday night.

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