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Great gigs and cool concerts

Whether it’s a big name, electric beats or hip hop happenings, Wellington will have you tapping your toes or going manic in the mosh pit. Load up your nights with some of these tunes:

International headliners

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Grammy Award winners, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood are headed our way for one night only this December! The duo will be performing some of their greatest hits as a part of Urban's RipCord World Tour (3 Dec). 

After a much anticipated reunion, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals (4 Dec) are coming to Wellington's TSB Bank Arena with their eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music.

Get ready to rock at Westpac Stadium when legends, Guns N' Roses (2 Feb 2017) kick off their 'Not in this Lifetime tour' right here in Wellington. With Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan all back together, this is a rock concert you won't want to miss!

Best known for his hit single "Let Her Go", Passenger (18 Jan 2017) is set to wow audiences with his distinct voice, engaging storytelling and acoustic guitar. He'll be accompanied by full, four-piece band for the first time too. 

Homegrown talent

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After 12 years of incredible collaborative performances, Kiwi music icons Fly My Pretties (22 Jan 2017) are hitting the road this summer and playing in some of New Zealand’s most stunning outdoor venues - including Wellington's Botanic Garden. 

It wouldn't be summer without a bit of our homespun reggae style, so be sure to check out Katchafire (30 Dec) when they come to Petone's McEwan Park with special guests Aardhna, Sons of Zion and Kora. 

Three of the biggest names in Australasian music - Dragon, Mi-Sex and The Feelers - will go head-to-head in this epic Clash of the Titans (28 Dec). It's guaranteed to be a rip-roaring night of nostalgia and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

Get into Christmas spirit with SOL3 Mio. Performing their signature mix of opera arias, traditional songs, a selection of hits from their two albums and everyone’s favourite carols, you won't want to miss Christmas On the Harbour (15 Dec). 

Festival fun

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Enjoy the long, summer nights with Meridian Gardens Magic (10-29 Jan 2017), a series of free outdoor concerts held in the picturesque Wellington Botanic Garden. Be sure to pack a picnic too!

Celebrated music festival, Jim Beam Homegrown (4 Mar 2017) takes over Wellington's waterfront at the end of summer each year, with a massive line-up of Kiwi bands across multiple stages. 

With more than 10 stages of live music to choose from, the annual street fair Newtown Festival (5 Mar 2017) takes place in one of Wellington's iconic suburbs each summer.

After a successful inaugural year, Coastella Music Festival (25 Feb 2017) is coming back the Kapiti Coast! With a focus on music from Ireland, the family-friendly festival will feature established and emerging, local and international artists. 

A classic touch

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Wellington is home to the Grammy-nominated New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and their 2016 season has plenty to entertain. Special international guests and formidable New Zealand talent join the NZSO to delight audiences with memorable concerts. 

Orchestra Wellington's 2016 season 'Last Words' has explored some of the final masterpieces of great composers like Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. Be sure to check out their final show of the year, Planets (3 Dec), a multi-media extravaganza featuring Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

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Check out some of the other gigs and concerts Wellington has on offer.  

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