OH BLOK frontman Kieran O’Connor performs during Friday night’s Smokefreerockquest regional final at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

What’s on this weekend


This weekend is packed with debut music gigs, netball, Smokefree Rockquest, beer and the Takaka Hill Climb.


  • Nelson rock band Urban are launching their debut album “Everything Except Time” at The Boathouse tonight. Urban consists of Betsy Hill on Vocals, David Turnhout on Guitar, Richard Bradley on Drums, Nao Uda on Keys and Mat Charles on Bass. Doors open 5pm with music from 8pm until 11.30pm, entry is $10.
  • Year 1-6 netballers get the chance to learn some new skills and interact with some of their local ANZ championship players at the ANZ futureFERNS Festival Day. Junior netball experts to newbies are welcome for the three age-group sessions including activities, games and autographs from 4 – 7pm at Saxton Stadium. For more information, call 027 496 4956, tickets are $5 from ANZfutureFERNS.co.nz



  • Love vinyl and beer? Check out the Black Vinyl Brown Beer boutique record fair on Saturday. Entry to the fair is free with heaps of LPs and vinyl singles for sale as well as craft beer. The fair is at The Free House on Collingwood St from 1 – 5pm.
  • For beer enthusiasts, the Home Brew Competition and Tasting is also on Saturday. The competition is a chance for home brewers to enter their beers to be peer judged to national guidelines. Running from 11am – 4pm at Prince Albert on Nile Street, entry is $20 or $10 for tasting only at the door. For more information, call 0211012084 or Click Here.
  • Theatre Royal will be going off on Saturday night for the Nelson heats of Smokefree Rockquest. The competition is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. With solo, duo and band performances from the region’s high schools kicking off at 7pm, tickets for this no-alcohol event are $10 from Theatre Royal and TicketDirect.
  • If you are an expert or a newbie, pop on down to the Victory Community Centre Barndance from 7.30 – 10.30pm. Dance to live music from The Celts and contradance steps called by our visiting Christchurch dance caller Bill Baritompa. Tickets are available at the door, adults are $10, children are $5 and families are $20, dancers are asked to bring a plate for supper.



  • Up for a challenge? Take on the Takaka Hill Climb, the iconic 15km run that starts at the bottom of the Takaka Hill and finishes at the top. Enter on the day for $5. Walkers will start 9.00am and runners will set off at 10.00am. For more information, contact [email protected]
  • If you love netball you should definitely watch the Mainland Tactix take the court against the WBOP Magic on Sunday. The game starts at 4pm but you’ll have to get in quick and secure your tickets from $10 at Ticketek. For more information, Click Here.