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ROCKONZ - Christchurch's Festival of Rock 'n' Roll




Organised by Dion and Cecile Murphy

The ROCKONZ Festival was to celebrate the music and the good times we experienced in our youth.  Along with musical peers, many volunteers, Rock 'n' Roll dancers, and the Classic and Hot Rod car owners, this was to last for four great years.  The Festival included — Live performances, Hall of Fame Awards, Charity Auctions, Car Parades and Displays, a special display at the Christchurch Art Gallery and lots of good humoured fun.  What was achieved in that time was spectacular, and the efforts of the many volunteers were incredible.  The ROCKONZ profile became a brand, recognised around the world with enquiries and requests to take part from as far many far away places including Australia, France and Germany.  The artists that took part, both New Zealand based and those resident in Australia, were top class and great people.  They included: Ray Columbus and The Invaders, Max Merritt and The Meteors, Dinah Lee, Tony Williams, Tap Hepari, Susanne Lynch, Frankie Stevens, Graham Wardrop, Dragon, Peter Nelson and The Castaways, Shane Cortese and the Class of 58, and so many local Christchurch-based bands of the 60s and 70s who made our weekends of entertainment so memorable.  We cannot miss recognizing some of the many organisations and individuals who made ROCKONZ possible — The Sir Cliff Richard Organisation, The Elvis Presley Fan Club, Rock and Roll Clubs, local Car Clubs, CTV, The Christchurch Casino, Crown Limousines, Solid Gold Radio, The Christchurch Star, Chart, The Christchurch City Council and so many others ..... What was achieved was as a result of the generosity, energy, personal skills and time, of many individuals.