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Great gigs and cool concerts

Whether it’s a big name, electric beats, impeccable orchestras 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

David Byrne

David Byrne's coming to Wellington (13 November) and bringing along plenty of your Talking Heads' favourites like Burning Down The House and songs from his critically acclaimed new album, American Utopia. Not to be missed. 

It’s time to lose yourself in the music because megastar, Eminem, is coming to Wellington for his one and only New Zealand show! You've only got one shot and one opportunity to see Eminem live in Wellington - and tickets will go fast. 

International music legend, Engelbert Humperdinck, returns to Wellington and brings 50 years of hits to Wellington with his critically-acclaimed, ‘The Man I Want To Be’, tour.

Homegrown talent

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Get up close and personal with Stan Walker as he performs his new music, along with the music you all already know and love, on this highly anticipated 'New Takeover Tour' (2 Nov). 

Celebrating 20 years as one of NZ’s most influential musical groups, TrinityRoots are set to play a very special and not-to-be-repeated show where they perform their classic album True in its entirety, accompanied by special guests (8 Nov). 

Soulful singer-songwriter, Louis Baker, to play one show only, in his hometown Wellington. Following on from the release of his latest single, Black Crow, and a tour through the UK and Europe, with sold out shows in London, Baker is gearing up to release a new record in early 2019 (30 Nov). 

Fat Freddy’s Drop's annual summer road trip is stopping off in Wellington's beautiful Day's Bay for a special summer gig featuring New Zealand's hip-hop and soul queen, Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, and reggae-soul funksters, The Black Seeds (21 Jan 2019). 

For the very first time Jim Beam Homegrown is extending the good times in Wellington with the addition of the Jim Beam Homegrown Pre-Party headlined by pioneers of Aotearoa’s Dub n Bass, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, Kiwi favourites Katchafire, L.A.B and Soulware (22 Mar 2019). 

Classical performances

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It wouldn't be Christmas without the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and an enchanted Marzipan Castle. Royal New Zealand Ballet presents the Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker  - a special festival performance accompanied by a live orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky's magical and much-loved score (31 Oct – 4 Nov). 

English conductor and acclaimed Baroque specialist, Nicholas McGegan returns to conduct the NZSO for the anticipated annual performance of George Frideric Handel's revered choral masterpiece, Messiah (8 Dec). 

The Grammy Award-winning operatic bass, Jonathan Lemalu, joins creative forces with Virtuoso Strings and acclaimed conductor, Maestro Kenneth Young, for a special concert of classical and popular music. 

Magnificent musicals


Applauded by international critics, Madiba the Musical is a powerful and uplifting tribute to the South African visionary leader, Nelson Mandela. With captivating African dance and powerful drama, this epic show explores the racial conflicts and struggles faced by Mandela, in a unique theatrical experience that will lift your spirits and stay with you. 

Bringing the LOLs

Rob Brydon

Critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing her live show to Wellington for the first time with some of her outrageous characters from the hugely successful BBC series, The Catherine Tate Show (30 Nov, 6–7 Dec).

He’s one of the world’s most respected comedians, has performed sell-out shows across the world from Mumbai to Sydney and now he's coming to Wellington. Eddie Izzard’s new show, Wunderbar, is about everything from humans over the last 100,000 years to talking dogs and animal superheroes (26 Feb 2019). 

Rob Brydon is coming to woo Wellington audiences with his irresistible brand of light entertainment and seasoned charm. The Welsh actor, comedian and impressionist starred in the hit comedy, Gavin & Stacey, and The Trip, a cult series of culinary road comedies alongside Steve Coogan (4 Apr 2019).


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William Hall and his all American band features musicians that have worked with Michael Jackson and all of MJ's  big hits from the Off The Wall years through to Thriller and Bad. The Michael Jackson Legacy Tour has been described as simply breathtaking, mesmerizing and incredible (21 Oct). 

If Swedish pop is more your style, The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to relive the live magic of ABBA in an incredible two and a half hour stage spectacular (14 Dec). 

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

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