The Gordon Family from the Kings Arms say goodbye


Auckland's iconic venue the Kings Arms will be closing it's doors once and for all on Wednesday February 28th. The Gordon family have released a statement, that can be read below, saying their final goodbyes. 

Hi all. It’s with mixed feelings and a heavy heart that we extend this invitation, to join us for the final day that the Kings Arms doors will be open.

The KA family will forever be grateful for those that have supported our family business; have had a few drinks, ate, partied, supported local music and basically been part of a fantastic if not sometimes challenging 30+ year history and community.

This Farewell has made us realise how many people have walked through our doors, created some historic music moments and kept us excited about running for as long as we have. Many birthdays, weddings and industry parties have happened under our roof among many other moments I’m sure!

First, we would like to thank our late father, Peter “PG” Gordon, who started it all in 1983 along with our business partners, Lion Breweries, Lion Foundation, Sculpture (Gareth) and all our suppliers past and present.

We would like to thank all our patrons from both bars. In particular we would like to thank our sports bar locals and punters, some of whom have been drinking and punting at the KA for over 30 years and who were very accepting of our choice in music next door!  Also our Tuesday night quizzers and of course Brendan Lochead (make sure you book your table for the last Quiz on the 27th Feb, will be in both bars and the garden).  

Our Kings Arms staff, past and present, particularly Wayne, Chris, Karleen, Michelle, Peter, Harry, Barry, Yvon, Jug and Charlie. Couldn't have done it without you.

A special Thank You to Mark Peterson for his passion for music, his reliability and for being so easy to work with and the best at his job (and his ability in making shit bands sound good!). We would also like to thank all the promoters for bringing us such great shows (I know it's not easy).  And to bFM with whom we have had a close relationship for about 25 years. 

Lastly, we would like to thank Maureen, without her this wouldn't have been possible. She could have retired years ago but she loved the Kings Arms and was very supportive of the music. She was the one who took on council for noise control, government and police with her own authority, she always stood up for the musicians and believed that everyone has the right to listen to their own type of music. She always wanted everyone to leave the Kings Arms happy and she was always there for anyone who just wanted a chat or advice. She was an inspiration!

Lisa would like to pay a special thank you to the following people:-

Tim Werry for lending us vocal PA to get started, Karl our OG Sound Engineer, Arthur for his poster designs, Richard and Bucket from the Fix (best ever gig guide), Brazil Café (best coffee ever) for bringing me back to life in the mornings and introducing me to Drum & Bass, Paul Crowther for fixing everything! Trilby for doing Undressed, putting on great shows and always helping out, Mikhal from NZME, Richard from NZ Musician, Bill from Profile Plus, Phantom, John Baker, Julian Carswell, Tim Edwards, Kurt Shanks, Xan Mystery Girl, Chicks That Scream, Pat Fife, Tom Dalton, Mark Kneebone and all the other promoters, Russell Brown, Marty DuDa, Chris Stapp, Nev, undertheradar and all the cool people in the record shops that I’ve worked with over the years and who have all introduced me to music that I would have never normally listened to. Greg Hammerdown gets the award for seeing more bands than anyone I have ever known.

And lastly but most importantly all the Musicians who have played here and all the music lovers who have supported them.

Below are our last gigs and I’m sure there’s something for everyone. Our very last day open is Wednesday 28 February from 7am till late. We would love you all to feel welcome to walk through the lounge or sports bar doors for the final time; have a drink, create some more memories and to let the memory live on you can get a Kings Arms tattoo!

From the Gordon Family


Friday 2nd:
Redbull Music presents Sessions Curated By Young, Gifted & Broke featuring WIKI (NYC) Shiraz & LSJ, Diggy Dupe

Saturday 3rd:
Jakob supported by Come To Dokly and Horusset

Sunday 4th:
K.P’s Farewell

Monday 5th:
WuKong The Monkey King, Polly Hill, Antimater, Curtains and Big Lumpy

Tuesday 6th:
A Salute To the Kings Arms From The Stars Of the Sixties featuring Bruce Sontgen (Tom Thumb), Maurice Green (Human Instinct), Tommy Fergusson (The Brew), Judy Donaldson (The Chicks), Glyn Tucker (The Gremlins), Paul Bennett (the Maori Troubadours). Bill Ward (Four Fours), Kevin Vessey (The Cossacks), Larry Morris, Iceberg (The Legends), Ron Brown (the Clevedonairs), Larry Killip (the Zarks), The Challenge (Garry & Stephen, Ricky Ball Phil Pritchard), Roger Skinner (the Motivation), Chris Parfitt (Hi Revving Tongues), Mike Walker Trio (Mike Walker, Bruce King & Pete McGregor), Paul It (Rock Candy), Chris Gunn (Chris Gunn Band), and Tom Sharplin

Tuesday 6th:
Kings Arms Quiz

Wednesday 7th:
Opening of Departure Lounge | A Month Long Exhibition To Pay Homage To the Grande Dame Of Newton 5.30

Thursday 8th:
Cattle Decapitation –The NZ Extinction Tour with Perditionist and Organectomy, Scorn Of Creation

Friday 9th:
Dimmer and guests Meer

Saturday 10th:
Ulcerate with guests Spiteful Urinator and Distant Fear
Sunday 11th:
The Kings Arms Family Fun Day Mash-up with Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show, the 95bFM Kids Show Host Lee, Torana (The Dadpunks) and Galveston (ex Garageland/Chainsaws/Psychodaisies)
Tuesday 13th:
Kings Arms Quiz

Tuesday 13th:
Koysta with guests Dxn Xndrey and Gibbie The Visionary 

Wednesday 14th:
Hanger 18, Funk Therapy, Minimal Silence, Top Ace Nut Gun
Thursday 15th:
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy, and Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders

Friday 16th:
80’sX Live
Saturday 17th:
Punk It Up 2018 with Proud Scum, The Johnnys, Flesh Device, bankRobbers, Mishap, Wolfpack, The Rocket Jocks and assorted DJ’s

Sunday 18th:
Bang Crash Band with Pete Warren, Malcolm Foster and guests
Wednesday 21st:
Ne Obliviscaris with guests Set On End & Metal Tower
Thursday 22nd:
The D4 with the Echo Oh’s and Miss June & DJ
Friday 23rd:
We’ll Say Goodbye Even Though We’re Blue | Jordan Luck Band with Autozamm and Ekko Park

Saturday 24th:
Elemeno P
Sunday 25th:
Al Hunter
Tuesday 27th:
Last Ever Kings Arms Quiz (book now!)
Wednesday 28th:
95bFM and The Kings Arms - The Final Day with bFM Broadcast live from the Kings Arms from 7am till late including guest DJs and bands

Finally, if you're interested, here are a couple of recent pieces of media that you might want to read or listen to. Lisa was interviewed recently by Ryan Bridge on Radio Live on their Tea for Two session so worth checking out; along with Anthonie Tonnon's radio documentary for Radio New Zealand, chronicled on The Wireless:
Tea for Two: An interview with Lisa Gordon on Radio Live
Stages: The Kings Arms an Auckland institution