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Summer Thieves are back with a catchy new banger

Kiwi four-piece Summer Thieves have today dropped their anthemic new single ‘Hands’ – a sure-fire festival anthem. With a reputation for turning out tunes laden with catchy hooks and toe-tapping beats, ‘Hands’ is no exception.  LISTEN HERE Penned by Summer Thieves band members Jake Bartos, Izzy

Written By Wolves release debut album SECRETS

Cinematic Kiwi rockers Written By Wolves release their debut album SECRETS. Stream it here. “SECRETS is an album full of thoughts and feelings that people don’t usually feel comfortable talking about. It is a snapshot of the inner workings of my brain and a way to release thoughts that I have

Ash Grunwald – True Blue

“I played Kaikoura Roots in another era of my career. I was doing solo, but blending a lot of beats and using Ablelton Live, dj’ing with my feet into my tracks, and oh my god, it was like “These people get it” WORDS BY WAL RIED Aussie Blues maestro, Ash Grunwald will play four headline

Josie Moon releases ‘Victor Hotel’

Following her acclaimed Rose-Tinted EP, Wellington-based alternative pop innovator, Josie Moon, brings us ‘Victor Hotel’, her first single from her forthcoming debut album ‘Paint Me How You Need Me’ Along with a vocal style reminiscent of Lana Del Rey and Aaradhna, ‘Victor Hotel’ has a


With his melodic cool charm, New Zealand based producer Shannon Matthew Vanya today shares his new single Where You Are via A Label Called Success/Sony Music New Zealand. No stranger to the small world of music, In 2015 under Shannon’s previous artist moniker Tom Lark, he gained praise by


Bakers Eddy return with new single ‘On My Own’, a no-holds-barred youth anthem that celebrates the unabashed joy of embracing your inner-introvert in an otherwise crowded world. Following recent singles ‘Can’t Afford It’ & ‘Leave It To Me’, Bakers Eddy will celebrate the release of ‘On My Own’

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Upcoming Live Music


The Beths – Homecoming Tour

November 2019, nationwide



November 2019, Nationwide


Ross The Boss – Live

Nov 15/16/17, Auck, Wellington & Christchurch


Lauv – How I’m Feeling World Tour

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


America – 50th Anniversary Tour

Nov 22-24, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch


Tash Sultana – Flow State World Tour

Friday, 22nd November. Spark Arena, Auckland


Ash Grunwald – Mojo Tour

28th Nov – 1st Dec North Island


Newton Faulkner

Thursday, 28th November, Tuning Fork Auckland

Latest NZ Tour Announcements

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

Iron Maiden – Legacy of the Beast Tour

May 13th, Spark Arena Auckland

The Kiwi Music Scene

Concert Review Highlights

Royal Blood – Live @ The Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

As we slowly make our way inside, I know that it is going to be a great night as it is already almost a full house, and Dead Favours aren’t even on stage yet. A fantastic opportunity for them to…

YG – Live Logan Campbell Auckland 2017

Rapper YG has been described as a “torch-bearer for West Coast gangster rap.”. The heavily tattooed YG (young gangster) straight out of Compton, California finally made it to our shores and the…

Boney M was great. Maybe it was me but it seemed like a karaoke night out with work mates, it would have been nicer to have a full band up there with Boney M, but I guess using backing tracks was…

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…

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