Dunedin's music scene has a wide range of artists including rock, metal, jazz and cover bands. The Dunedin Sound was born in the 1980's and in its prime in the early 1990's. This has led to a well developed music scene which is popular among locals as well as visitors to the city.
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Many of the landmarks of the fabled Dunedin Sound of the 1980s can be visited on a relatively short and intriguing walk.
Here's a straightforward self-guided walking tour of some key and lesser known landmarks associated with the Flying Nun and Xpressway acts of the 1980s and early '90s
The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 50th anniversary year, is Dunedin's only professional orchestra, and one of four orchestras in New Zealand funded recurrently by Creative New Zealand. The orchestra plays an extensive cultural role in Dunedin and in the wider communities in Otago and Southland, performing live to up to 15,000 people each year, as well as many more through other media. The orchestra’s annual programme includes a five-concert subscription series, featuring high calibre conductors and soloists from overseas and from New Zealand, and some of NZ’s finest composers.
Radio One prides itself on delivering students, visitors and Dunedin residents a "diverse variety of goodness" on 91.0 FM and online. The station is broadcast from the grounds of the University of Otago and offers students an alternative to commercial radio. Its main focus is to provide quality content, promotion of events/gigs and to showcase a wide range of music genres.
Concert venues around Dunedin range from the Fosyth Barr Stadium, public places including the Octagon and Botanical Gardens, large-scale theatres such as the Regent and the Town Hall down to the more intimate Refuel or Ratbags.