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So you’re pumping to catch some cool tunes while in Queenstown. Well, you’re in luck: New Zealand’s adventure capital has a vibrant bar scene that will definitely hit the right notes. Many venues have a dynamic gig calendar that appeals to all genres and affinities. For a year-round live music experience, here’s where you need to go.
This cool Mexican restaurant and bar knows how to put on a show. Quite a few homegrown and international DJs have stopped by to drop some serious electronica beats. A few names that have set the stage include The Jillionaire (better known as one third of Diplo’s Major Lazer) and New Zealand’s Shapeshifter. Just to mix things up a notch, Devilskin also made an appearance during their 2014 tour.
Loco Cantina, 48 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand, +64 3-441 0344
This Irish-Kiwi pub and restaurant has quite a penchant for entertainment. There’s live music playing almost every night of the week – save from those when there’s important sports match on. Given the theme of the house, don’t be surprised to find the a few Celtic songs and Craic sessions thrown into the mix. Regular performers include Queenstown guitarist Charlie Gibston, and Irish cover-man Dan Browne.
With live music on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the English style Pig and Whistle Pub knows how to please the crowds. Reasonably-priced food and drink are part of the deal, and you have the option of settling by the spacious deck or making yourself at home indoors. Gigs are all about the homegrown artists, like the popular performing duo Calico, and local cover band Mutz Nutz.