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!

2019’s headline acts are Allen Vizzutti, Bruce Forman and Matthew Marshall with the NZ Army Band and Rodger Fox Nonet, plus Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford with the ChCh All Girl Big Band in the re-opened James Hay Theatre 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 in the new Riverside Market, Art Gallery, beautiful Tūranga Central Library, Little A, Fat Eddies and the Terrace, Victoria Square, the Town Hall, going to workshops, going to the dances or parties or picnics. You really have every reason to get yourself into Christchurch this Labour weekend, and have a blast!