Tiki Taane delights lunchtime shoppers with free concert 

Lunchtime shoppers in central Christchurch got to enjoy a free mobile concert on the go on Tuesday.

The special 'Jam on the Tram' live acoustic performance by home-grown musician Tiki Taane attracted locals and tourists alike.

The singer was in town helping to promote Christchurch's attractions, ahead of hitting the stage at this weekend's Electric Avenue festival.

Christchurch Attractions provided a heritage tramcar with open-air capacity for the moving gig, Tiki Taane completing a full circuit of the central city.

"My great granddad was the general manager of the tramways back in the day. So this is pretty cool. Pretty special moment. So I'm stoked to be the first guinea pig musician to play Jam on the Tram".

Plenty of phone cameras were in action to film the Kiwi musician. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Plenty of phone cameras were in action to film the Kiwi musician. Photo: Geoff Sloan
He said he hadn't been on a tram since he was little, but was honoured to be asked to play the unique gig for the people of Christchurch.

The 47-year-old musician started his own band at the age of 14, but admits fame wasn't easy.

"It has been a long, long, long slog.

"The first 20, 30 years I was broke, living on couches, flying and catching planes everywhere, going left, right and centre all over Europe, Australia, blah, blah, blah. So, yeah, it's been an amazing journey".

ChristchurchNZ said the success of the inaugural 'Jam on the Tram' could lead to future large and small acts being offered similar opportunities.

 - By Geoff Sloan, made with the support of NZ On Air