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Tami Neilson releases third single Ten Tonne Truck off her forthcoming album CHICKABOOM!

Ten Tonne Truck is the third single from award-winning country-rockabilly Tami Neilson’s upcoming new album, CHICKABOOM!, which is set for worldwide release on St Valentine’s Day 2020 on Neilson Records/Southbound Distribution. Written by Tami Neilson and produced by Delaney Davidson and

EAT WITH LANEWAY AUCKLAND 2020 – THE BEST IN FOOD SELECTIONS AND A NEW CRAFT BEER BAR!

Serving up the perfect a la carte menu to complement the best in new and rising musical stars is something that Laneway excels in, year after year/every year. This year is no exception as Laneway once again makes a triumphant return to Auckland’s Albert Park on Monday 27th January

AUCKLAND ROCK BAND PLUTO MAKE WELCOME MUSICAL RETURN WITH RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM IV

Iconic New Zealand rock band PLUTO have today released their fourth studio album, the aptly titled IV. The band say “On paper it is IV, but its title is whatever you, the listener decides. So sit back and enjoy the ride, because that’s all it is, just a ride.” Releasing

Church & AP release debut album TEETH

Church & AP‘s highly-anticipated debut album TEETH is here. Released less than 12 months on from their breakout single ‘Ready or Not’, the 10-track album showcases the duo’s progression and inimitable lyrical style, alongside beats by talented producer Dera Meelan

Savage reveals hard-hitting music video inspired by his own battles as a youth in South Auckland

Hip-hop legend Savage has released a hard-hitting music video for his new single ‘Reach Out (Love Don’t Live Here Anymore)’ depicting his battles as a young and angry teenager from a broken home. But also shining a light on the positive power of music in his life. The poignant and powerful song

CORIDIAN UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR RITE OF PASSAGE

Packing all the power and intensity of their legendary live shows into 3 minutes and 51 seconds of roof-raising perfection, Auckland rock four-piece Coridian unleash the video for the anthemic Rite of Passage, the first taste of the impending Eldur EP.  The video showcases Coridian’s commitment to

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Upcoming Live Music

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20

Lauv – How I’m Feeling World Tour

Wednesday, 20th November. Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Auckland

Nov
22

America – 50th Anniversary Tour

Nov 22-24, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch

Nov
22

Tash Sultana – Flow State World Tour

Friday, 22nd November. Spark Arena, Auckland

Nov
28

Ash Grunwald – Mojo Tour

28th Nov – 1st Dec North Island

Nov
28

Newton Faulkner

Thursday, 28th November, Tuning Fork Auckland

Nov
29

Why Don’t We – Live

Friday, 29th November. Spark Arena, Auckland

Nov
30

Deacon Blue – Live

Saturday, 30th November

Dec
04

Bad Religion – Live

Wednesday, 4th December. Eventfinda Stadium, Auckland

Latest NZ Tour Announcements

Tool – Live

Friday, 28th February Spark Arena, Auckland

Th’ Dudes – Th’ Bliss Tour

Nationwide April 2020

Simple Minds – 40 Years of Hits Tour

December 1/10/11 Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

My Chemical Romance – Live

Wednesday, March 25th. Western Springs, Auckland

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Concert Review Highlights

Norah Jones – Live @ The Aotea Centre, Auckland 2019

Tuesday night I headed out to the new and improved Aotea Centre to see Norah Jones’ first show in our fair country. The American singer/songwriter has half a dozen albums spanning her…

Anne-Marie – Live @ Spark Arena, Auckland 2019

Breakout artist Anne-Marie performed her first New Zealand headline show last night at Spark Arena. Marketed as a show for all ages it most certainly was and the crowd was comprised of groups of…

DragonForce – Live @ The Kings Arms

On the afternoon of May 17th 2007, a trio of late teenaged metal-heads sat excitedly in the office of one of their parents, a convenient walk away from the Powerstation in Eden Terrace. Their…

John Mayer – Live @ Spark Arena, Auckland 2019

Pop artist John Clayton Mayer is one slick customer. The grandiose presence of an eight piece band on stage visually imposing, and not in a ‘blot on the landscape’ kind of way either. The song…

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