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Well, it’s day 12 of the quake // rebuild // however you view it. I am going to try and update the status on venues around town, as more information has come to hand, and situations have become clearer. Hopefully it’s the last time I do it. We’ll see. A few things are starting to reopen, so here we go:

Record Stores

Galaxy is re-opening today. That’s good.

Pennylane are currently closed but hope to reopen in the same building, once buildings either side have been strengthened / demolished.

Our Sydenham store is currently CLOSED but on a very positive note we will be back in business as soon as we can! We are waiting for the Angus Donaldson building which is beside us to be demolished which started on Saturday. Once this is completed we can assess where to from here. We have explored a number of options but ideally we want to re open in our existing building ASAP.

Real Groovy is perhaps less fortunate. Apparently, their sprinkler system thought it was a fire, and went off, doing considerable damage to their stock. They will be back, but probably not at that site. Keep up with the latest info, via a facebook page that they seem to have neglected.

Bars / Venues

The Bedford is opening this Sunday. How do I know? Cos I asked the dudes that run it. Easy when you know how. They have lots of stuff coming up

AL’s Bar was open last week

AL’s Bar survived with no damage or loss of product or gear.

Goodbye Blue Monday will be open from tonight (Wednesday the 15th). Only one entrance – from High St, the alleyway next to Roneo.

Concrete Club / Double Happy – both fine in terms of structural damage, but unable to open due to the fence around the outside. Not sure when that will be removed. Trying to find out from the bar manager what the deal is – but I still can’t find out when I’m going to be able to go back to my place, which is in the same building. I’m gonna assume it will be around the same time – hopefully by the weekend.

The Dux – has remained open almost uninterrupted. Had gigs last weekend. Brew bar was closed but tavern bar fine.

The Repertory – I got a message from twitter from Lawrence Arabia saying that he had been in contact with someone from the Rep, and that it wasn’t a goner, that they would try and rebuild. Now that is quality journalism, but currently, it’s the best I’ve got. So finger crossed, though we may need to have a few more earthquake strengthening fundraisers.


Harbourlight – could be open as early as next week! Strengthening work being done. I think everyone has to be stoked with that.

Wunderbar – open by Christmas

Loons – green sticker, will continue to be open

El Santo – didn’t have any damage, has been open since the night of the quake


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.