Weekly Roundup Friday 16th October

Chris Cudby / Image: Mr. Liam K. Swiggs
/ Friday 16th October, 2020 5:21PM


Now that’s what we call a big Friday when it comes to significant new local releases [wipes sweat from brow]. Announcement highlights for the week included dream-pop masters French For Rabbits are embarking on a nationwide The Dark Arts tour this summer season, Tāmaki Makaurau noiseniks Swallow The Rat are leaping back into action for their first run of shows since the global pandemic required them to cut their USA tour short back in March, top tier Radiohead tribute group Hail To The Thieves (feat. members of Jakob) are headlining Wellington’s San Fran in early December, and the champs at Low Strung Productions are presenting a special three date tour starring Pōneke-based dynamic duo Nic and Reuben for November. We put together a handy guide to Audio Foundation‘s humungous six night and two day Now Hear This! mega-festival of "glorious noise, sublime sounds, singular songs and ecstatic improvisation," which has only just reached the half-way point — dive in and open your ears to new local sounds here and look forward to a big weekend ahead. Don’t forget to get out there, have your say and vote this Saturday (if you haven’t done so already) in the 2020 General Election!


Friday 16th October

Kaitaia: Bulletbelt – Collards Tavern

Auckland: Now Hear This! Festival – Wine Cellar, Whammy Bar, Backroom

Auckland: Failstate, Swerve City, States – Ding Dong Lounge

Hamilton: Lawrence Arabia – Nivara Lounge

Whanganui: Soaked Oats – Lucky Bar

Palmerston North: Swampfest20 – Centrepoint Theatre

Wellington: Marlin’s Dreaming – San Fran

Wellington: Paradox: A Journey Through Psy-Trance – Valhalla

Christchurch: The Beths – The James Hay Theatre 
Christchurch: DARTZ, Nervous Jerk, Struth, Mr. Liam K. Swiggs – darkroom

Dunedin: Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra – Hanover Hall

Saturday 17th October

Auckland: Dick Move – Whammy Bar

Auckland: Now Hear This! Festival – Audio Foundation (afternoon events / evening events)
Auckland: Animalhead, Skinny Hobos, Voodoo Bloo – Neck Of The Woods

Whangarei: Bulletbelt – The Red Eye

Palmerston North: Goya, Soft Plastics – Snails

Palmerston North: Swampfest20 – Centrepoint Theatre

Wellington: Finn Andrews – Meow

Blenheim: Jordan Luck Band – Yard Bar

Christchurch: The Peacekeepers Ft. MC Tiki – Hide

Dunedin: The Beths – Dive

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!


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