New Zealand’s oldest pure rock’n’roll venue has a history dating all the way back to the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake and a live music legacy that goes back to the 1950s. In 1955 the Empire Hotel became Hotel Cabana and in the same year rock’n’roll swept through the country.
Published in 2007, Lee Pritchard’s limited edition book ‘Hotel Cabana’ chronicled the hotel’s fascinating history from its beginnings to the 2000s.
Hours: 1am music deadline. Bar closes 1:30am.
Kitchen: Snacks only.
Accommodation: The Cabana has a deal with Toad Hall Backpackers next door. Musicians get special rates. Email email@example.com ph 06 835 5555.
Sound: Full in-house PA provided. (JBL-based.) Soundcraft GB8 32-channel mixer. Big and small stage options. Artists need to bring own backline.
Engineer: In-house engineers available to hire from $120 or BYO.
Lighting: LED lighting system (10 lights) and 42-channel scene-setter desk.
Access: Flat access through main doors.
Promo assistance: Website, email outs, Facebook. The Cabana advertises on Radio Hauraki, The Edge and Bay FM. Local papers support The Cabana also with interviews and page space.
The Cabana is New Zealand’s oldest pure live music venue and is steeped in musical history. The stage sound at The Cabana is renowned.