In 2006, while Christina Aguilera was releasing Ain't No Other man,

some old timers thought it would be a bit more of a party if we had a festival of music from 1936. Nothing makes a party bigger than a big band, and nothing makes a big band party bigger than having lots of big bands. 

Since the earthquakes, the Christchurch Big Band Festival holds between 40 to 60 short performances in pop-up locations through the streets of Christchurch's CBD, featuring a healthy mix of the classics written in the 1930's and music written even more recently than Christina Aguilera's Ain't No Other Man!

2018's headline act is Steve Gadd, playing in the Isaac Theatre Royal on the Saturday with the Rodger Fox Big Band, so grab your tickets to that right now, and make sure you block the rest of Labour weekend out to hang out in town be it in cafés on New Regent Street, at the Art Gallery, in the brand new Tūranga Central Library, checking out the pop up venues, going to the dances or parties. FESTA and Latino Week will also be in the CBD making the place a great place to be, so you really have every reason to get yourself into Christchurch this Labour weekend, and have a blast!