Mel Parsons carries on
After COVID delays, award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is finally setting out on her Carry On Single Release Tour.
Big feels from big feelers
Songwriters Finn Johansson and Emily Fairlight will share the stage at two/fiftyseven on Willis Street on the 4th of December for an evening of white-hot emotion.
How Jake Baxendale prepares to improvise
Pōneke saxophonist Jake Baxendale will champion improvisation in Striking Moments, coming to the Lovebite stage on the 11th of November.
New EP speaks of hope
Writer, musician, and photographer MaryJane Thomson’s forthcoming EP This Is How The Deaf Speak blends piano with spoken word to explore undiscovered frontiers and hope for a brighter day.
Expression painting the sky
Kiwi singer-songwriter Michael Llewellyn wrote his debut album Oh My Darling following a breakup and a neck injury. He’ll share the stories with us at Meow on the 30th of October.
A happy-sad combo album
The Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda has just released his first solo album in 12 years. He hopes you don’t cry too much at how awesome it is.
Forget your problems with Tidal Rave
Tidal Rave toured their new sophomore album for just one weekend before lockdown struck. Now, they’re back in Pōneke to play Albumette and help you shake off your worries for a while.
Moonlight Madness with Lou’ana
Lou’ana will present a cosmic cocktail of sweet and soulful at Meow on the 21st of August when she performs her 2020 album Moonlight Madness.
Yulia and Edith
Award-winning contralto Yulia steps back into the spotlight to honour French chanteuse Edith Piaf.
Grawlixes on their new album Love You to Death
Existential folk-pop band Grawlixes’ sophomore album feels like homesickness for a home that cannot be returned to and has the texture of magnolia petals after the rain.
Local jazz trio The Stinging Nettles, which features musicians from Phoenix Foundation and Orchestra of Spheres, will play Lovebite on the 22nd of July.
Old songs, new memories
Mirroring the first tour she undertook solo in 2011, Hollie Fullbrook – aka Tiny Ruins – will perform her debut album Some Were Meant for Sea at San Fran in honour of its 10th anniversary.
Kiwi music legends celebrate a classic
Shihad’s Jon Toogood, Phoenix Foundation’s Luke Buda, Laughton Kora, and more will come together to perform Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Four EPs of life through the seasons
Multi-instrumental indie-folk artist and looping genius Graeme James is back in New Zealand with his new EP collection, which explores the emotional landscapes of autumn, winter, spring, and summer.
Go behind closed doors with KITA
Wellington psychedelic trio KITA’s debut album will magnify their experience of lockdown at San Fran this June.
Miles Calder snaps out of autopilot
Miles Calder is in the midst of a nationwide tour of his debut solo album Autopilot Life, written in the lead-up to the end of a long-term relationship.
The Pink Floyd Experience shine on
The Pink Floyd Experience will celebrate two of the band’s most revered albums, Animals and The Wall, when they play TSB Arena on the 29th of May.
Nadia Reid at a theatre near you
Off the back of her highly successful 2020 album Out of My Province, Nadia Reid and her band will play The Opera House as part of a seven-date nationwide theatre tour.
Bassist brings New York to Wellington
The Ollie Bomann Quartet will capture the spirit and freedom of New York’s jazz scene when they play Lovebite on the 29th of April.
The Chills are on fire
Dunedin cult rock band The Chills are back with their seventh studio album Scatterbrain. Catch them live in Kāpiti and Wellington this May.
The Veils to make a big ungodly racket
Veils frontman Finn Andrews chats to Regional News about getting the indie alt-rock band together to play The Opera House in their first New Zealand tour since 2017.
The Silver Beatlez bring back Beatlemania
Wellington-based tribute band The Silver Beatlez will perform a massive set of hits and deep cuts in Paraparaumu this month.
Wellington Sea Shanty Society to hark to the heave-ho
Set your sails for a salty singalong with the Wellington Sea Shanty Society and storyteller extraordinaire Louis Tait.
Lake South and Birdfeeder on course for a brilliant collision
DIY pop artist Lake South and south seas psych-pop trio Birdfeeder will perform a double header at St Peter’s Hall in Paekākāriki this March.
Leaving the news for the stage
After spending decades as a successful reporter for TVNZ, Ian Sinclair has left that life behind to pursue his passion for flamenco guitar.
Recklessly eclectic grooves from Krispy & The Pooch
Krispy & The Pooch have escaped the brutal Berlin winter to come back to New Zealand, where they’ll play their new EP Drop the Needle at Meow on the 18th of March.
SOL3 MIO to wow Wellington
Amitai Pati of the acclaimed operatic-pop trio SOL3 MIO talks touring and the year that has been.
Gerry Paul on writing music for kids
Gerry Paul and the Elephant Tree Band will play a wacky, wonderful family concert this New Zealand Fringe Festival.
A collaboration years in the making
After three years of anticipation, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra principal cello Andrew Joyce will join Camerata as the soloist for Joseph Haydn’s challenging Concerto No. 2 in D Major.
Elemeno P on massive NZ tour
Frontman Dave Gibson, who lived in NYC in the thick of COVID-19, says the best part of 2020 was the end of it – jumping on a plane back to New Zealand to tour with Elemeno P.
Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson’s blood deal gets thicker
When Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson first met, in a church, they joked about making a deal in blood. Speaking to me in the midst of another national tour, it’s clear the deal still stands.
Villainy to rock Wellington
Rock band Villainy shake up the status quo with their new EP Beggar.
New opera company set to soar
Wellington Opera will officially launch in April 2021 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Psychedelic fuzz duo tours new tunes
Earth Tongue says audiences should be ready to mosh.
Something good will come our way
New Zealand music icon Bic Runga will perform six special concerts across the North Island this spring.
Reb Fountain to tour new album
Award-winning singer-songwriter Reb Fountain released her new self-titled album while New Zealand was in the thick of COVID-19.
JessB releases confident collection of high-class hip-hop
Auckland-based rapper JessB will launch her new mixtape 3 Nights in Amsterdam across Aotearoa this October. Recorded with local producers in the capital of the Netherlands, she calls the six-track work “a very high-energy project.”