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Chris Cudby / Image: Nadia Reid / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith
/ Wednesday 11th January, 2023 12:40PM


While Aotearoa is presently experiencing a soaking from Cyclone Hale, our summer gig season marches onwards rain or shine! Find shelter at your favourite local venue(s), order a thirst-quenching beverage and enjoy an absolute cavalcade of local and international artists touring this summer — head over to our Gig Guide for even more options…

Sunfruits, The Oogars, Joe Ghatt, Michael Llewellyn: The Search For Te Ika-a-Māui Tour

Ongoing to January 14th

Australia’s Sunfruits and The Oogars are joining forces with Aotearoa’s Joe Ghatt and Michael Llewellyn for a seven date touring showcase of the Third Eye Stimuli roster.

Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 NZ ‘Teenagers’ Release Tour

Ongoing to 19th January

Returning to Aotearoa this summer for a whiplash homecoming tour, including a new Auckland headline date at The Mothership on 19th January.

My Baby New Zealand Tour

Ongoing to February 5th

Amsterdam-based Dutch-NZ trio are returning for an epic twelve date tour of Aotearoa.

Ensemble Sangineto Aotearoa Tour
January 11th – January 21st

Making their Aotearoa live debut, Ensemble Sangineto are travelling from Italy to tour our shores this summer

Surf Trash ‘Under The Radar’ EP Tour
January 12th – January 21st

New South Wales trio are marking the release of their excellently titled new Under The Radar EP with their first ever nationwide tour of Aotearoa

Revulva This Town Ain’t Big Enough Tour

January 12th – February 18th

Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s nu-wave / nu-pop / nu-jazz sensations have eight headline dates lined up for January and February 2023.

Drop Legs, Pasiflorez

January 13th – Neck of the Woods, Auckland

Australian pub dub crew Drop Legs are playing their debut Tāmaki Makaurau headline show with Byron Bay compadres Pasiflorez.

Automatic, Pachyman

January 15th – Whammy Bar, Auckland

US post-punk / new wave trio are playing their debut Aotearoa headline show with special guest, LA-based Puerto Rican artist Pachyman.

Comeback Kid

January 16th & January 17th

Canadian punk / hardcore trailblazers are bringing their riff-fuelled energy to Tāmaki Makaurau’s Whammy Bar and Pōneke’s Valhalla in January 2023.

Lil Darkie
January 17th & January 18th

Controversy baiting US rapper performs at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Whammy Bar and Pōneke’s Valhalla this month.


January 19th & January 21st

Pōneke trio are playing their very first excursion up north — performing with special guests in Auckland, Bethells Beach and Raglan.

Sneaky Bones NZ Tour

January 19th – January 27th

California-based folk songwriter makes his long-awaited return to Aotearoa in January, touring the North Island plus performing at Auckland Folk Festival.

Marlon Williams ‘My Boy’ Aotearoa Tour

January 19th – January 28th

Lyttelton songwriting icon is touring his chart-topping new album nationwide.

Gathering Shadows 2023

January 20th – January 22nd

A long weekend of dark arts and music, presented by Shadowplay in collaboration with Valhalla Touring.

Nadia Reid’s Xmas Show
January 21st & January 22nd

Celebrate Christmas in the summertime with Nadia Reid’s rescheduled festive knees-up, featuring Sam Taylor, SJD, Flora Knight and DJ Tina Turntables.

Imperial Slave Tour

January 21st to March 24th

Returning to Aotearoa after touring Europe — these shows will feature brand new songs from the forthcoming second Imperial Slave album.

Roidz, The Naenae Express, Cheats

January 25th – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

The hottest bands of the Auckland underground (circa 2016) have assembled for your listening pleasure — for Roidz this is going to be an exclusive, one night only performance, never to be repeated again.

Dictaphone Blues, Mini Simmons

January 26th – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Teaming up for a thrilling night of swagger and solos.

Mayhem ‘Thalassic Ritual’ New Zealand Tour 
January 26th – January 28th

Norwegian black metal legends are embarking on a three date tour of Aotearoa — Wellington and Christchurch are already sold out so we hope you grabbed a ticket.

L V J’s Homecoming w/ Dbldbl, imugi 이무기, Caru

January 27th – Whammy Backroom, Auckland

Back from Berlin for one night only!

Auckland Folk Festival
January 27th to January 30th – The Kumeu Showgrounds, Auckland (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)

Artists from Aotearoa and overseas will perform at the festival’s four day 50th birthday extravaganza — featuring Folk Bitch Trio (Aus), The Jellyman’s Daughter (UK), Sneaky Bones (US), Manus McGuire (IE), We Mavericks (Aus), Kerryn Fields, The Frank Burkitt Band, TE KAAHU + more.

Fatboy Slim NZ Tour

January 27th – February 5th

UK big beat pioneer is touring nationwide this summer.

Powerwest Fest 2023

January 28th – New Lynn Community Centre, Auckland

3 stages, 28 bands, all ages — featuring The Fuzzies, Venom Dolls, George Henderson’s New Existentialists, One Man Bannister, Murderchord, Cootie Cuties, Video Nasty, Something At Last performing the songs of Nothing At All! + heaps more.

The Eastern

January 28th – Wild On Waiheke Brewery, Waiheke Island

Christchurch folk icons are performing at Wild Estate on beautiful Waiheke Island.

Macho Macho, Linen, Cindy
January 28th – Valhalla, Wellington

Launching their new single ‘blink’ with buds Linen and Tāmaki Makaurau’s Cindy.

Shaun Kirk – Holding Onto Hope New Zealand Tour

February 1st – February 19th

Melbourne songwriter is bringing his Holding Onto Hope tour our way for an epic twelve date run of shows.

Great Gable – On The Wall In The Morning Light Album Tour

February 2nd – February 4th

Australian crew are treating local fans to a three date run of NZ headline dates, celebrating the release of their sophomore album On The Wall In The Morning Light

The Pleasure Majenta Tour

February 3rd – February 10th

Berlin-based Aotearoa goth-punks return home for a four date nationwide tour.

Beachware It’s Only Time Tour with Haven
February 3rd – February 25th

Tāmaki Makaurau alt-pop sensations are playing nine headline shows celebrating the launch of their forthcoming debut album It’s Only Time, joined by Wakatipu’s Haven.

[Allophones] HUMAN Tour
February 3rd to February 24th

Ōtepoti trio are touring their debut single ‘HUMAN’ across the motu throughout February — playing 12 dates nationwide.

Fraser Ross – ‘Janice, In The Dairy’ Single Release Tour

February 3rd to March 5th

Ōtautahi-based songwriter is celebrating the first tune from his upcoming album Thunderhead, touring nationwide in February and March.

XILE – Wellington IAYG Release Show

February 4th – Valhalla, Wellington

Kiwi hardstyle crew celebrate the launch of their debut album I Am Your God.

Cockney Rejects

February 6th – February 8th

UK street punk legends are hitting venues in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this coming February — playing their final NZ shows.

Potential & SODA BOYZ – Aotearoa Tour
February 8th – February 11th

Australian trio and Te Papaioea’s SODA BOYZ are teaming up for a four date summer jaunt across Te Ika-a-Māui

Scalper ‘The Shine’ Album Launch Party

February 9th – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Hip hop / trip hop artist releases his 5th studio album The Shine with special guests Memory Foam.

Dale Kerrigan with Soft Bait and Tooms

February 10th – Whammy Backroom, Auckland

Dunedin noiseniks are playing a rare Tāmaki Makaurau headline event with Soft Bait and Tooms — celebrating their new album the water.

Thornhill ‘Heroine Live Across New Zealand’

February 10th – February 11th

Melbourne metalcore titans are celebrating their new album Heroine live at Wellington’s Valhalla and Auckland’s Whammy Bar.

Kruelty Aotearoa Tour

February 10th – February 12th

Japanese doom / death / beatdown hardcore juggernauts are hitting Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton.

Outfield Music, Food & Arts Festival
February 11th – 35 Gordon Rd, Te Awanga Downs, Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay’s annual extravaganza of music, food, arts and community returns to The Cape Coast’s Te Awanga Downs — featuring Coterie (Aus / NZ), JessB, P-Money, Rhombus, Vacations (Aus), Dillinja (UK), Kasra (UK) + more.

Scott Cook NZ Tour

February 14th – February 27th

Canadian troubadour is touring songs from his latest album Tangle of Souls nationwide this summer.

Zack Fox

February 17th – Neck Of The Woods, Auckland

Atlanta-raised stand-up comedian / hip hop artist brings his rap set to Aotearoa for the first time.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

February 17th & February 18th

US punk all-stars Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are making their mighty return to Aotearoa — playing headline dates in Auckland and Wellington.

Jon Toogood (Shihad) Live And Acoustic

February 18th – Stallions, Te Awamutu, Waikato

Legendary Shihad frontman is brining his live and acoustic set to Te Awamutu, with support from Mike Conlon.

Piha Wipe Out ’23 With The Wendys, The Cthulus and King Kaiju

February 18th – Piha Bowling Club, Auckland

Featuring three of New Zealand’s top surf music acts for one night only at the Piha Bowling Club.

Joey Cape (Lagwagon) Solo

February 19th – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Co-founder and frontman of Cal-punk icons Lagwagon (and core member of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) plays a special solo headline performance at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Whammy Bar.

Peaches – The Teaches of Peaches Anniversary Tour

February 20th to February 22nd

Canadian electroclash icon is celebrating her raunchy 2000 era-defining opus The Teaches of Peaches in Auckland and Wellington.

The Exploited

February 22nd – February 24th

Scottish punk legends are playing three thrill-powered NZ events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The Grogans – Which Way Is Out New Zealand Tour

February 22nd – March 4th

Melbourne surf / psych rockers return to NZ for a nationwide tour in February and March.

Cub Sport

February 23rd – The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Brisbane superstars Cub Sport are returning to Aotearoa this summer.

Blam Blam Blam

March 2nd to March 5th

Don McGlashan, Tim Mahon and Mark Bell are reactivating Blam Blam Blam for shows across the motu in March, including a newly announced Hamilton headline event at Last Place.

Newtown Festival
March 5th — Newtown, Wellington (free, all ages)

Pōneke’s free multi-stage festival and street fair Newtown Festival is making a mighty return — featuring over 130 acts!

Port Noise

March 11th – The Loons, Lyttelton Coffee Company, Wunderbar, Ōhinehau / Lyttelton

Ōhinehau / Lyttelton’s multi-venue festival features Ben Woods, The Dance Asthmatics, Delaney Davidson, Ferby, Glass Vaults, Half Hexagon, Horatio Kane, Keepsakes, Wet Specimen, Womb + more.

WOMAD New Zealand

March 17th to March 19th – Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park, New Plymouth

Welcoming international artists back to Ngāmotu New Plymouth’s Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park for the first time since 2020 — featuring Youssou N’Dour, Mdou Moctar, Sampa The Great, Avantdale Bowling Club + many more.

June of 44

March 21st & March 22nd

Louisville, Kentucky post-rock collective are playing their first ever Aotearoa dates in Auckland and Wellington.

Earth Beat Festival

March 22nd to March 26th – Atiu Creek Regional Park, Auckland

Boutique music and lifestyle extravaganza Earth Beat Festival returns to Kaipara’s Ātiu Creek Regional Park — featuring Jamaican dub icon Mad Professor, Mo’ Horizons (Germany), The Black Seeds, Pitch Black, Lou’ana, Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess, Lost Tribe Aotearoa + more.


March 25th & March 26th

Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s free community extravaganza is bringing the party back to Cuba Street precinct over two days in March 2023.


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