Welcome to DIG THE GIG, a competition to unearth Canterbury University’s favourite live music band. If you are a current student of Canterbury University and you have a band, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase your sound in front of a live audience,


Here's a quick breakdown of how it works…


Registering for the Comp.

Every second Wednesday starting May the 4th in conjunction with New Zealand Music Month, Canterbury University bands will take the stage to deliver the performance of their lives with a view to taking out the Dig The Gig crown for 2022.


The Dig The Gig competition will take place at ‘A Rolling Stone’ - a venue here in Christchurch and will run over several months determined by the number of bands that register.


The first step is to register your band! Click here.


Important Note: Only one of your band members needs to be a current student at Canterbury University.


Once registered, one of the Dig The Gig team will get in touch and send out your information pack.


Competition Format.

The format for the comp is simple, each band will be required to perform two songs, one original and one cover. However we suggest that you prepare a second original song as from our experience if the crowd loves your sound, they might just scream so loud for a encore that you get another chance to blow their minds with an additional song! 


The winner of each Dig The Gig heat will be determined by the applause and roar of the crowd on the night, measured by a decibel meter. The biggest noice from the audience will decide the winner. 

Helpful hint: As you can imagine it will help if you rally your biggest and loudest fans and supporters to come to the venue and enjoy the show and make sure they stay until the that important live decision moment at the end.

In a traditional round-robin style of knockout each heat will determine the finals qualifiers and the final few bands will go head to head in the Dig The Gig Grand Final to determine Canterbury University’s favourite live music band… The rest will be history.


All bands, all genres are welcome. So even if you are a jazz trio or a death metal two piece register, perform and be in to win!


The technical aspects of the stage will be setup in advance including mics, amps, sound system, keyboards, drum kit, sound desk and lighting. So you will only need to bring your drum sticks and maybe your favourite guitar. If you would like to know more about the stage setup to ensure it works for you, please get in touch with the organisers - details will be in the info pack you receive after you register.


The organisers are still diligently working on pulling together one hell of a prize pack. Please feel free to check back in with this website to stay up to date with the prizes up for grabs. Click here to see the prizes up for grabs!

But this year there is a twist. The Winners of the Dig The Gig Grand Final will find themselves heading to Los Angeles to compete with their UCLA Dig The Gig Winners for an epic international showdown of musical genius.


Band Artwork and Competition Promotion.

It would be great if you could prepare artwork for your band. We will require a 1:1 square graphic. Think Vinyl album cover. This will be used to market your heat in the lead up to you taking the stage. 

This can be provided as JPG or PNG at 2500 px x 2500 px


We will also invite every band to participate in a studio interview prior to their gig which will be filmed at Small Town Media Studios as a Dig The Gig podcast and made available to all UC students. Make the most of this interview to drum up your support. Feel free to perform an acoustic track.


A Rolling Stone is a family-run, old-fashioned Irish hospitality venue inspired by the heart of Ireland and realised in the heart of Christchurch. We open every day of the week from 10am for brunch, lunch and dinner with a full menu and great chefs, through till late.

A Rolling Stone is also an epic live music venue, the perfect place to uncover Canterbury University's favourite live band!


So join us every second Wednesday for a head to head DIG THE GIG showdown with a little taste of Ireland – without a doubt the best pint of Guinness in town, and Bulmers Cider on tap. 


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