Shapeshifter and CSO are gonna play a gig to open the Christchurch Town Hall again


Chch locals Shapeshifter are scheduled to be the first act to grace the stage at the reopening of Christchurch's Town Hall.

The highly anticipated reopening weekend, hosted by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and city council-owned events company Vbase, is set for March 1, 2019.

The concert will be the first time the Kiwi drum and bass act have performed at the city's town hall since 2007.

The Town Hall restoration was originally expected to be finished in mid-2018 and cost $127.5 million, three years after the council decided to fix it. The work will now be finished in March and cost a total of $152.2m.

The improvements include new backstage facilities, a better stage with areas that can be raised and lowered, new services, retractable seats, a fly tower, and electronic acoustics in the new James Hay Theatre.

Tickets for Shapeshifter's March 1 show are available on the CSO's website.