Partying at the Disco | Te Ahi Top 10

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Partying at the Disco with their track ‘Puff Puff Pass’ Puff Puff Pass is the debut track from Christchurch duo Partying at the Disco. The duo is composed of real life couple, Georgie Sivier & Thomas Klever. Self-described ‘Dance Poets,’ Partying at the Disco is music made for […]


Sugar James | Te Ahi Top 10

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Sugar James with his track ‘Hit It’ The track Hit It is the debut release from Christchurch artist, Sugar James! The track was originally going to be a single from his first upcoming EP, The Main Thing, due to be released late November, but it was decided […]


Cold Shower | Te Ahi Top 10

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Cold Shower with their track ‘Machete’ What began in the hopes that fame and success would help Colter pay off his subprime mortgage is now growing into something far more sinister. A shamed U.S. ex-pat, Colter is on lead vocals delivering paranoid lyrics with an all-American bite […]


Violet French | Te Ahi Top 10

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Violet French with her track ‘Too Much Indie’ The song Too Much Indie was written by Violet French over the lockdown in her latest musical endeavour. I fucked around in the garage heaps during lockdown. Wrote a bunch of weird songs Too Much Indie by Violet French […]


Marsha | Te Ahi Top 10

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Marsha with their track ‘Breville’ The song Breville was written by Marsha’s lead vocalist, Sam Williams whilst he was still a fresh young high school student almost 5 years ago. Most of the inspiration for the song was picked up from bands such as The Pixies, Preoccupations, […]

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Maverix with his track ‘Predator’ Maverix is an independent electronic music producer from Christchurch, who combines a range of unique melodic and heavy electronic sounds, creating everything from techno, downtempo and drum and bass. With a background in piano and guitar, it wasn’t until his early university days […]

Every week we welcome new tracks to the RDU 98.5FM playlist. Here are a few of the tunes hailing from Ōtautahi that have graced the airwaves this week. Check out the RDU Gig Guide to spot when these artists are playing live locally! Alexander Harmer – Don’t Panic Bear Trap – Bad Boys Bomb Dylan […]

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Cootie Cuties with their track ‘Johnny’ Formed in the depths of Mount Roskill, three punk rock mums (Shannon, Kelsie and Annie) had a dream. To make super rad pop-punk with a message. A few additions (Paddy and Alex from the surf-punk band, JANG) and they were ready to […]

Nestled on the sun-drenched side of Lyttelton Harbour, Orton Bradley Park plays home to the Banks Peninsula Festival on Saturday 20th February. A vibrant showcase of music, food, beverage and culture from around the region and beyond. Take a walk on the wild side at the Banks Peninsula Festival! We caught up with Festival Director, […]

Nacoa is the host of Friday Drive, 4 – 6pm, every week on RDU 98.5FM. This Friday, Nacoa celebrates 300 shows as the host of Friday Drive! What better way to celebrate than interviewing the man himself. Behind the Airwaves in a blog series where we get to know our much loved RDU 98.5FM show […]

The quarantines were lifted (mostly), the clouds had cleared (mostly) and Christchurch, home of some of the most underrated local groups in the entire country, was (mostly) ready to get back out there and party. All that time spent cowering in fear, curled up in a COVID-stress ball and becoming a bit too familiar with […]

From bell-bottom jeans to stick-on stars, There’s A Tuesday is the perfect blend of alternative indie and the new age sleepy sounds of Sleeping At Last. The Christchurch band kicked off the first leg of their first headline tour on Friday 11th December at Blue Smoke on a small stage decorated with art decals designed […]

The RDU 98.5FM Magnets Radio Awards is an awards programme that champions and gives recognition to our local broadcasters and musicians from Ōtautahi.  At the 2020 RDU 98.5FM Magnets Radio Awards held on Saturday 5th December at the Wunderbar Lyttleton where the winners were crowned for the Decknology, Round Up and Strange Attractor Awards The […]

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Pretty Dumb with their track ‘Lasso’ Pretty Dumb is a wannabe grunge band from Christchurch. Their music brings together catchy pop melodies, screaming and heavy distortion. Having just released their ep DIRTS, originally intended to be a bunch of demos, they are set to record their debut […]

Each morning of December, Ben & Josh have counted RDU 98.5FM listeners down with their own personal top tracks of 2020. Check out Ben’s Advent Calendar picks for the year. Twenty Nineteen Eighteen Seventeen Sixteen Fifteen Fourteen Thirteen Twelve Eleven Ten Nine Eight Seven Six Five Four Three Two …One

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