Following four sold-out shows on Auckland Art Gallery’s East Terrace, Auckland’s premier outdoor event series Anno Domini will return with three dates this summer.
Inspired by rooftop events popular in New York and throughout Europe, Anno Domini proved in 2015/16 it could deliver on its promise of providing Aucklanders a purposefully curated yet relaxed afternoon event series, mixing together great music, food and drink. Coupled with a stellar line-up of international and local acts, Anno Domini quickly became one of most in-demand events in Auckland selling out all four events receiving rave reviews from both attendees and prestigious publications including electronic music bible, Resident Advisor.
UK DJ Ben UFO and Melbourne dance music heavyweight Tornado Wallace will kick off the first event of the 2016/17 season on Sunday December 11th. As one of the co-founders of Hessle Audio, Ben UFO has been responsible for some of the most varied and groundbreaking releases of recent years. Placed at number four in 2015’s Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs, Ben UFO is one of the most respected and in-demand DJ's in the world, as well as one of the few DJs in the industry to have made an impact without a production career to fall back on, with his reputation solely the result of his skill as a selector and as a mixer.
A product of Melbourne’s rich underground electronic music heritage, Tornado Wallace’s distinct and perceptive electronics now find him in a constant rotation of both hemispheres, spending most of the year based out of Berlin. After some time in between releases due to an increasingly busy DJ schedule, 2016 sees the release of the long overdue and eagerly awaited debut album Lonely Planet, on Gerd Janson's Running Back.
Sunday January 8th sees sought after selector and producer Theo Parrish & Australian selector CC:DISCO! take the Anno Domini stage. Hailing from Detroit, Parrish is widely described as one of the music world's true visionaries. Often branded as eccentric, irrational and wildly unpredictable, Parrish has influenced a generation of music lovers and aficionados through his work with notable Detroit mainstays like Moodymann & Marcellus Pittmann as 3Chairs and his very own Signature Sounds label. His seemingly god-like reputation in the DJ booth ensures Theo Parrish is always in hot demand around the world.
Commonly known as Australia’s ‘First Lady of Disco’, radio presenter and club DJ CC:DISCO! has firmly established herself as another notch on Melbourne’s belt of quality selectors, with bookings that see her mainstage at some of Australia’s most respected clubs and festivals - such as Falls Festival, Meredith, Splendour in the Grass and an up-and-coming debut Boiler Room appearance as part of Sugar Mountain Festival 2017.
Midland and Gerd Janson will headline the third event of the series on Sunday March 12th - well respected for his craft, it’s possible Midland’s revered talents in the studio are only slightly overshadowed by his blistering ability as a DJ, delivering his kaleidoscopic taste with a mixing technique that nods as much to his UK lineage as it does to a smoother European style.
Often referred to as the 'DJ's DJ' Gerd Janson is all things electronic music. From being one of the early Red Bull Music Academy team members, to his label Running Back that is one of the most respected and consistently brilliant labels in dance music, having fostered such future stars such as Todd Terje and Tensnake, as well as his tireless efforts as a DJ and Producer himself - Gerd Janson has become the house and techno world's guiding light of how to do things right.
As with every Anno Domini event, event headliners will be joined by an all-star cast of local support that includes K2K, Tim Richards, Friendly Potential DJs, Becky & Minder.
As their Australasian shows gets closer, electro-punk extraordinaires Crystal Castles haveannounced that Australian trio Crooked Colours will be joining them as the opening act for all five shows on the tour.
Sydneyside electronic hip hop duo Hermitude are no strangers to New Zealand crowds, most recently on these shores to deliver an epic set at Laneway Festival in February. Now Hermitude are crossing the Tasman for a headline show at Auckland’s Studio on February 24.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
The wait is almost over as Auckland City Limits is set to take place this Saturday (March 3rd) at Western Springs Stadium. Included on the bill are one of France’s most famous four-piece band's Phoenix.
“I find inspiration from people who are trying to do something different. There's a lot of producers trying to copy each other, eg Terror Squad. But it’s really cool to hear guys like SumthinSumthin, completely unchallenged in their own lane.” – Graham Matthews
John Butler Trio announce their return to New Zealand in March to play Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Saturday 2 March and an afternoon set outdoors at The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, Auckland on Sunday 3 March.
British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys have ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and it has now been announced that the band will return to New Zealand for a mammoth arena show in March 2019.
Californian rock legends Jefferson Starship will join TOTO and Dragon on next year’s ‘A Summer’s Day Live’ series, which will take in some of the most picturesque locations and popular concert venues across New Zealand.
In celebration of the highly anticipated November release of their fourth studio album Delta,English folk conquerors Mumford & Sons today announced details of a massive 60 date world tour which will include a very special one day event in Auckland this Summer –their first New Zealand show since 2015!
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, Estère teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/Rwandan MC Raiza Biza, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, the Tokoloshe.
If Anika Moa was feeling ready to kick back for the remainder of 2018, then things haven’t really run to plan. In fact it’s about to get a whole lot busier for the multi-talented entertainer with a new album release, tv series and live shows all on the way.
Since achieving international recognition from Rollingstone.com and Billboard.com for hit singles Too Strung Up and Stone Cold, and amassing over 3 million Spotify streams for their releases to date, Alae now unveil All Gived Up.
'Call Me', the latest track by Wellington electro-pop singer and producer Josie Moon made last week's New Music Friday playlists from Spotify Australia/NZ and Japan and influential UK blogger Popjustice.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.
It has been announced overnight that Last Tapes Theatre Company's original production Valerie has been selected for a month-long season in the prestigious Summerhall programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.
Featuring Brouhaha: choreographer Malia Johnston, composer Eden Mulholland, AV designer Rowan Pierce; In Transit: choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant, composer/AV designer Paddy Free; The Geography of an Archipelago: choreographer Stephen Shropshire, composer Chris O’Connor.
The last hurrah of the Comedy Fest! The Season Finale! The bit at the end where the awards are decided, everybody relaxes and much fun is had. It’s the titled Last Laughs on Sunday 20 May at SkyCity Theatre.
The 13th Annual Doc Edge, International Documentary Film Festival opens today - Wednesday 9th May at Wellington’s Roxy Cinema followed by Auckland’s Q Theatre on Wednesday 23rd May, bringing an influx of prestigious directors and documentary subjects from all over the world.