The thirteen hand picked artists to perform at Going Global Presents have been revealed


Independent Music New Zealand have announced 13 hand-picked artists performing at GOING GLOBAL PRESENTS, Saturday 1st September.


alayna, Albi & The Wolves, Arthur Ahbez, 
Holly Arrowsmith, Jaggers X Lines, 
Jed Parsons, Nakita, nomad, ONONO, SHAYNA,
Soaked Oats, The Beths, Unchained XL

Listen to the 2018 Artists playlist HERE.

The two day conference culminates on Saturday night at three of Auckland's vibrant music venues; Wine Cellar, Backroom and Whammy! Bar. With a hand picked New Zealand music festival experience that showcases New Zealand's next big thing to fans, industry, and international tastemakers.

Doors are at 6:30pm. First artist on at 7:00pm. Each artist will perform a 20-minute set! 
Tickets are limited, open to the public, and only $20 from
If you are lucky, there will be $20 door sales

Don't miss out - the 2017 music summit event sold out! 

 Free entry with your GOING GLOBAL WEEKEND PASS
(Tickets for the GOING GLOBAL SUMMIT & Weekend Pass available from

Going Global Presents 2018 is a showcase of new music featuring national NZ artists, occurring alongside industry seminars. The Summit takes place in central Auckland.



alayna released her first song 'Falling Autumn' at the start of 2017 which caught the attention of Spotify curators, gaining spots on playlists 'Chill Vibes' and 'Alternative RnB' for multiple weeks. Following singles 'High Off You' and 'Bliss' were released to also be added to multiple curated playlists. Within a year all songs had been streamed over one million times, with Falling Autumn having 4,000,000. Her fourth single 'Sweet Soul' was released in May and her final single 'Between Dusk and Dawn' will culminate her debut EP. This has been released through the indie label 20XX, owned by the founder of In September 2017 alayna played Westward Music Festival in Vancouver, and in May 2018 alayna played Rockwood Music Hall in New York.

Albi & The Wolves

Albi & The Wolves are a New Zealand based trio that create a huge sound using only an acoustic guitar, an electric violin, a double bass, and their three voices. Chris Dent, Pascal Roggen, and Micheal Young’s individuality shines through the music to make something compelling, uplifting, soulful and fun. Recent achievements include winning the Best Folk Artist 2018 at the New Zealand Music Awards, and supporting Miho Wada's Jazz Orchestra at  Aucklands' The Tuning Fork.

Arthur Ahbez

Best described as a soul lost in the spirit of song, Arthur Ahbez rallies in the ethos of Jazz, Folk, and Psychedelic music of the 1960's. He has self written, produced and recorded his two albums by use of analog tape, and pressed both albums to Vinyl. He has secured the support slot for the upcoming Brian Jonestown Massacre show at The Powerstation and has opened for other major artists such as Brant Bjork, The War on Drugs, The Handsome Family and The Growlers.

Holly Arrowsmith

Born in the desert town of Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the Southern mountain ranges of Otago, Holly Arrowsmith is a singer-songwriter on the rise locally and internationally for her honest, raw take on observational lyricism and folk revivalist musical style. With sound comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Tiny Ruins and Nick Drake, Holly's music touches upon earnest matters of life, wrapped up in lucid reverie of the natural world. Her debut album 'For The Weary Traveller' won her a New Zealand Music Award in 2016 for Best Folk Album. Now two years on, Arrowsmith (24 years of age) has released her long-awaited second album 'A Dawn I Remember' - recorded between the Coastal Southern town of Colac Bay and 'The Sitting Room' Studio with renownd producer Ben Edwards. Holly is a Silver scroll Award top 20, nominee for 2018 with her track 'Slow Train Creek' and a finalist in the Vanda & Young Songwriting Comp 2018. She won a Tui award for 'Best Folk Album' in 2016 and has supported artists such as Sixto Rodriguez, Jessica Pratt, Nadia Reid and Tiny Ruins, toured with Fly My Pretties and has toured USA extensively.

Jaggers X Lines

Scratched-up, sideways pop with tender lyrics and turntablist sensibilities; Jaggers x Lines (Eliana Gray and Morgan Smillie) just want to make you dance. Their bass-heavy, sample-happy beats have consistently charted on NZ alternative radio, been featured on RNZ and supported acts such as : Estere, Boycrush and Tash Sultana. 2018 will see the release of debut album ‘Burn Cycle’ (via Athletic Nun Records), the follow up to last year’s well received EP ‘Letters’, another national tour and the duo's first Australian Tour.

Jed Parsons

Jed Parsons’ unique concoction of indie pop is a culmination of his rich and varied background as a touring musician, which has taken him around the world and into the studio with the likes of nomad, Pacific Heights and Mel Parsons. This year, Parsons has played with his own band at Auckland City Limits, Nostalgia Festival, and headline shows of their own around New Zealand. He released his debut album 'Midnight Feast' in July. His music balances eccentricity and energy with intimacy and musical sensitivity, maintaining a focus on catchy hooks and lyrical prowess.


Nakita released her debut EP ‘Foolish Ones’, with a following EP, 'VISION'; a boon of female-fronted electro-pop. Both involved help from talented collaborators, including Matthew Young, Jaden Parks (LEISURE), Avalanche City, Ruby Frost, Benny Tipene and producer Leroy Clampitt. HillyDilly called her “one of the best new artists from the region” and RNZ dubbed her the next 'big thing'. MTV, ABC's 'Rage' and other tastemakers also shared their praise. Nakita has gone onto open for 'LANY' and 'EDEN' at Auckland's 'Powerstation'. Going forward, Nakita works towards her next release and hopes to jump forward doing shows around NZ and Internationally.


nomad’s signature lush vocal layers, heady harmonies and infectious, indie-pop hooks have been winning over unsuspecting live audiences and on April 6 they released their debut studio album, ‘Can You Feel It?’. Recorded as 19-year-olds, Producer Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Pop Strangers) describes it as a “process of discovery”. With over 4 million streams across Spotify and a nomination for NZMA Best Newcomer, nomad has Supported Marlon Williams, Dave Dobbyn, Hanson & The Vamps.


ONONO started as a home recording project for Jonathan Nott and has since transformed into a 5-piece psych-pop supergroup of Wellington musicians. Releases include debut EP 'Bad Posture' in late 2016 and latest EP 'STAND' April 2018. STAND was been released on limited addition vinyl in collaboration with Ball of Wax and Coffee Supreme Press.


An established full-time touring & playing musician in Christchurch, SHAYNA has spent the past two years focused on writing and developing her songs & crafting her sound. The result is new single 'MILES AWAY', a breakout electro-pop track with strong melodies, glittery pop production and hints of r&b, held together by vocals often described as a stunning mix between soft and powerful. Released on 13th April, 'MILES AWAY' featured on Apple Music’s Best of the Week & Spotify’s New Music Friday, and debuted at #10 in the Spotify NZ viral tracks & #2 on the Official NZTop40 Heatseekers Singles Chart.

Soaked Oats

Soaked Oats are a young four--piece band hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand. They write songs with thoughtful lyricism and guitar-driven pop sounds. The band has been making waves across their homeland with feature articles across local media and building a reputation of being one of the hardest working bands in Aotearoa. Highlights since forming in 2017 include supporting Australian surf rockers Hockey Dad across New Zealand in April 2018, a huge new years eve set at Rhythm and Vines, and sold out shows across New Zealand. Keep your eyes peeled for you’ll be seeing a lot more of this band in the coming months, as they look to build momentum heading into summer and beyond.

The Beth

The Beths has been around for a few years, the writing project of Elizabeth Stokes, and featuring Jonathan Pearce (Artisan Guns, Aldous Harding), Ivan Luketina-Johnston (Sal Valentine) and Benjamin Sinclair (The Protection). The Beths released the 'Warm Blood' EP in 2016, and its lead single 'Whatever' blew up over university radio, and then the NZOA funded video blew up on Reddit, causing a spike in plays on Spotify and Youtube. Since then the Beths have been on the radar of a global audience. At the start of 2018, Carpark Records (Beach House, Toro y Moi, Cloud Nothings) got ahold of the unreleased album 'Future Me Hates Me' and they will be releasing it on August 10th. Their track 'Future Me Hates Me' is Silver scroll Award top 20, nominee for 2018.

Unchained XL

Unchained XL is a Nigerian Kiwi Hiphop artist and producer with a unique, afrocentric sound that is easily recognizable as his own. His 2018 debut EP release entitled ‘Foreign Legacy’ blends traditional afrobeat-inspired textures and rhythms with various styles of hiphop, utilising a combination of live instruments and synths. April saw UXL’s reach expand globally, as he completed a tour of the UK with shows in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds and Cardiff, performing alongside artists such as Mungos HiFi, Afro Cluster and Mr Phormula. With overarching themes of faith, identity, justice, virtue and cultural innovation, he draws both musical and lyrical inspiration from artists such as Fela Kuti, Jidenna and M.anifest. Supported by his live band, UXL delivers a highly energetic, and convicting performance that will leave you searching for more.


Friday 31 August  / Saturday 1st September

- Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand -

Tickets on sale now from Eventbrite *


Saturday 1st September

- Whammy, Wine Cellar, Whammy Backroom -

Auckland K'Road

Tickets on sale now from

*All Going Global 2018 registrants are eligible for a 10% discount ticket to The Other's Way Festival 2018, Friday August 31. Discount code details & links are included during the registration process.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run social media for Japandroids and Tom Waitsor work directly with artists such as Mac DeMarco or Unknown Mortal Orchestra? How to be one of the youngest woman-identifying A&Rs in the industry? How to book a tour in China or perform at a four day festival in Mexico with 18,000,000,000 portaloos? Own your own artist management company, head an independent record label or successfully licence music? The two day GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is a rare opportunity for any local artist, manager, publicist, A&R, producer, music writer, record label and venue manager to connect with, question and hear ideas from some of the international music industry's most relevant and forward-thinking superstars. IMNZ is bringing to New Zealand; international booking agents, synch licensors, international media, PR experts, artist managers with international experience and those working for the fast-moving live and digital music platforms. You never know who you will meet! 

The 2018 GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is thrilled to announce the following representatives and experts in their fields of music A&R, booking, licensing, managing, marketing, promoting and publishing as the first of many international speakers attending the summit...

ALISON ROSENFELD (Music Supervisor, Aperture Music, USA), AMBER CAREW (A&R, Saddle Creek Records, USA), ANN HARRISON (Solictor, SSB UK / Business Affairs Peermusic UK), BEN O'CONNOR (Co-founder, Chapter Music, AU),  BRIANNA LIEBLING (Booker, Billions Corporation, USA), BRIAN ZABINSKI (TAMIZDAT Artist visas, USA), BRONTË JANE (A&R Director, Third Side Music, USA), FABRIZIO ONETTO (Artist Manager, A&R, OCESA Seitrack / Partner, DiscoPanoram, MEXICO), JACOB DANEMAN (Publicist, Pitch Perfect PR, USA), JEN PEARCE (Music Licensing & Strategy / Founder/CEO, Low Profile, USA), JESSI FRICK (Manager, Citrine Management, USA), KATIE GARCIA (A&R, Secretly Group / Owner, Bayonet Records, USA), KEVIN PEDERSEN (Label Manager, Dead Oceans, USA), MAGGIE COLLINS (Triple J / Artist Manager / BIGSOUND Festival Programmer, AU), NEVIN DOMER Maybe Mars, China), POPPY REID (Managing Editor, The Industry Observer, AUST),  OWEN MALLON (Booker, Paradigm Talent, USA), RUBAN NIELSON (Artist, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, NZ/USA), TOM WIRONEN  (Manager, Friendly Announcer, USA), TYLER McLOUGHLAN (Music Licensor, Sound Pound, AUST)

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) General Manager, Dylan Pellett says “We are building another great line-up of speakers for this year’s GOING GLOBAL. Following on from the success of 2017s sell out event, we are once again elated to be able to host the conference in Neil Finn's world class recording studios". 

The two day conference culminates on Saturday night at three of Auckland's vibrant music venues; Wine Cellar, Backroom and Whammy! Bar. With a hand picked New Zealand music festival experience that showcases New Zealand's next big thing to fans, industry, and international tastemakers. 

"I’ve met with many of the industry speakers coming to New Zealand for the 2018 summit and they are very excited to be travelling to the South Pacific – with all the recent global attention being paid to our artists... it has them all wondering!” 
Dylan Pellett - Independent Music New Zealand

The 2017 event sold out and showcases over the years have been instrumental in the discovery of some of New Zealand's biggest success stories. Previous artists include; Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson, Tiny Ruins, Anthonie Tonnon, Sachi, Fazerdaze and Nadia Reid.

Dunedin musician Kane Strang is a Going Global success story with his 2015 showcase being a deal-sealer for U.S. record label, Dead Oceans (Mitski, Marlon Williams, Slowdive). Head honcho Phil Waldorf says, “I was a huge fan of Kane’s music when I travelled to New Zealand for Going Global…It’s one thing to like a few songs you’ve heard on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, it’s another to see it live. It was an inspired, invigorating performance, and confirmed what I already loved in the recordings. We had to work with him.” Kane Strang released his sophomore album in June 2017 on globally-distributed Dead Oceans and has successfully toured the U.S., U.K. and Europe.