Surfing USSR have been performing their surf-klezmer music throughout New Zealand for the past 15 years. Comprising the talents of Greg Malcolm on guitar, Marc Howe on bass and Chris O'Connor on drums, the band draw upon a diverse range of musical genres in their interpretation of Eastern European melodies, from disco treatments to psychedelic freak-outs.

Surfing USSR's authenticity was recently questioned after a media leak revealed that only one band member really surfs - however their popularity amongst music fans has not been affected.

Their debut CD 'Surferdelic' features many of the songs that made them famous after modifying their show based on the many suggestions received in their suggestion box throughout their tumultuous career. Over 400 suggestions have been received from audience members using stolen suggestion forms from Big Fresh Supermarkets. "Did you enjoy shopping with us? What do you like? What didn't you like? We would love to know". This provides entertaining after show reading as well as direct feedback. This is probably the secret to their success.


What is Q Mixtape?

Located in the beating hub of the arts precinct, Q brings you a mixtape of free live gigs in our Lounge bar with a generous helping of cult musicians and DJ’s to enjoy every Saturday night.

“The spirit of Mixtape is really one of eclecticism. This is a city where you can hear adventurous jazz, literate songwriting, ultra-rare reggae 45‘s, and off-the-wall mutant surf versions of klezmer music. Real music fans are open-minded and cosmopolitan - and Mixtape is a space for them.” (Tom Rodwell, Mixtape curator and calypso-blues guitarist)

Gather your mates, order a drink and enjoy Q’s mixtape of intimate and rare performances by some of NZ’s most exciting contemporary musicians and songwriters. From fresh renditions of beloved vintage classics, sweet indie-folk to soulful jazz and acoustic pop, you’re in for something refreshing and unique every time.

If you're after a late night meal, browse through our in-house restaurant menu Citizen Q and book a table with or call 09 282 4402.

Kickback. Mingle. Feast.