This is a blog just to recap a few loose ends across the music scene. The Dux – which was open, then closed – is to be open again tonight, with Flip Grater playing. Ross from the Dux commented on one of my previous blog posts, to better describe the situation. Someone also commented to say that the Odeon was fine, and I managed to snap a picture of Galaxy, which may live to sell another day…

UPDATE This is straight from Dave on facebook:

After this weeks’ earthquake, Galaxy Records is ok but has limited access & cannot open. There’s a crack down one corner of the building that needs to be repaired. Otherwise, building looks intact. I should be able to reopen once civil engineers, insurance assessors…, landlord etc all give the go-ahead. This could all take some time – watch this space!

Galaxy Records

Galaxy Records

Sadly, the building that houses local coffee roaster C4, as well as the awesome Sitting Room recording studio, looks like it will be going. Ben Kepes has written this on his blog:

Notwithstanding how lucky we are in relation to others – our own personal position is that we have this afternoon had to inform eight or so different businesses that the building they called “home” is no longer habitable and that they have to vacate immediately. Our own businesses C4 CoffeeDiversity Limited and Cactus Climbing are included in this and we’re faced with finding a new factory, office space and a location for a coffee roastery and retail store – all the while worrying what the hell is going to happen with our beautiful century old building.

The Sitting Room is also in that building, and they have announced that they will be leaving the building today. I caught a status update on facebook that suggested that Real Groovy records are ok, but will be moving premises. Finally, I ran into the owner of Double Happy and The Concrete Club in my stairwell (Double Happy being in the same building as my house.) He said both clubs were fine, but wasn’t sure when they would open. There is some risk that a part of the White Elephant building may topple down and land on Double Happy – which is because of the aftershock on Wednesday morning I think. However, when I was talking to him, it became really clear just how difficult it will be for small business owners to get up and running. Though the buildings themselves are fine, they are within the cordon zone, and there are a number of buildings close by that will have to be demolished. Because of the damage to the buildings around the area, it could be weeks, or even months, till places like this are able to open. Even if they could open, are people going to come back? I hope so. I really do.

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