Welcome to Music Nation – Fresh Kiwi Music

Music Nation is a vibrant independent online music magazine featuring news, reviews, editorials and interviews with local and international touring bands, theatre arts and music creators in New Zealand.

New Zealand music news

LEXXA release TOXIC LOVE EP

New Zealand synth-pop duo LEXXA (Maude Morris, Julia Morris) reveal their debut, self-written release Toxic Love, out today on Tone Tonic. Through heavy, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics and expansive synth pads, the pair have been writing away at the undercurrents of millennial heartache, and now

ANXIETY CLUB PUNCTUATES NEW EP RELEASE WITH HOMETOWN SHOW

Wellington five-piece Anxiety Club make a distinct turn in style with the punchy, indie guitar pop laden EP Francine, the follow-up release to last year’s acclaimed Black Heart EP. Francine delivers 3 tracks of pure guitar-driven delight. Lead single Public Service paints an

So Below releases dark and edgy slice of pop with new single ‘Clear’

New Zealand goth-pop chanteuse So Below has released ‘Clear’ – the second single from her upcoming debut full-length album.  A song about moving on and letting go, ‘Clear’ is a foreboding slice of dark and edgy pop. Much of the song, explains So Below, relates to water. In fact, if you

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

Register for Free Samples and Loops at Loopmasters.com

Upcoming Live Music

Jan
15

Brockhampton – NZ Tour

Wednesday, 15th January 2020

Jan
18

Bastille – The Doom Days Tour

Frontier Touring is over the moon to announce the return of British pop superstarsBastille to New Zealand at the beginning of next year on the Doom Days Tour, Part 2. Visiting…

Jan
19

Billy Idol – Live

Sunday 19th January, Western SPrings Auckland

Jan
25

One Love – 2020

New Zealand’s much-loved ONE LOVE Festival will kick off a new decade with the best line-up in the festival’s history. ONE LOVE is without question one of the most popular two-day…

Jan
27

Laneway 2020

January 27th Albert Park,Auckland

Feb
01

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – Live

Saturday, 1st February 2020

Feb
04

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

4th-20th February, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay and Auckland

Feb
05

Cold Chisel – The Blood Moon Tour

Wednesday 5th February, Wharepai Domain, Tauranga

Latest NZ Tour Announcements

CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES – Live

Wednesday, 15th April. The Powerstation, Auckland

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

The Kiwi Music Scene

Tami Neilson
UB40 Interview
Devilskin
Hook Line and Sinker

Concert Review Highlights

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…

Steel Panther – Live @ the Powerstation, Auckland. Review and Photos

It’s impossible not to have a good time at a Steel Panther gig – or at least that’s what I was reliably informed by a middle-aged man dressed in leopard-print tights and a fake wig. Words by…

Disco Summer 2019 Live – The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang, Village People and More

Music photographer Chris Traill journeyed down to the ASB Baypark stadium in Tauranga to check out the amazing lineup of disco legends. Check out some of his best shots below. Featuring: The…

Alice Cooper – Live @ Trust Arena, Auckland 2017

Halloween is just around the corner and it felt fitting that last night I was sitting in a packed Trust Arena, surrounded by a sea of face paint and black-clad rock fans, eagerly awaiting the…

Pro Audio News (Click for more)

Latest StudioWise Reviews (Click for more)

Loopmasters Sample Music Sale

The Music Nation Story

Music Nation is a collective of contributing writers, photographers and creatives with a shared passion for all forms of music in New Zealand. Be it live concerts and festivals, in a dark recording studio or on the stage of a Broadway musical, we strive to showcase all forms of music being performed and created in our great little country.