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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:

New Zealand Festival

Taking place from 23 Feb – 18 Mar 2018, New Zealand Festival is the country's hugest celebration of cutting-edge arts, and the upcoming programme includes some stellar gigs from local and international performers. There's shows for all tastes, from the renowned operatic voice of Anne Sofie Van Otter to indie cult favourites Grizzly Bear

Check out the Festival Club in Odlin's Plaza on the waterfront, hosting musicians from dulcet folk trio The Staves to Afrofuturist genius Thundercat to a collaboration between much-loved New Zealand musicians Arabia-Buda-Scott

International headliners

Alice Cooper

Get ready to rock at TSB Arena when legends Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley hit Wellington on 28 Oct 2017. These two icons of classic rock will thrill fans, and the smoking guitar may even make an appearance! 

One of the UK's most important musical exports, The Stranglers, will enthrall audiences with their distinctive style at the Opera House on 3 Feb 2018. 

Take That will perform their classic hits for fans on 21 Nov with their first national tour to New Zealand in 22 years.

Homegrown talent

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On the first Sunday of every month, Southern Cross Garden Bar & Restuarant host a relaxing Soul Session, featuring foot-stomping, soul-crushing local beats with craft beer on tap.

Spellbinding musician Aldous Harding performs in Wellington's Opera House on 1 December, touring her new album to enthralled and amorous crowds. 

Local favourites Six60 are teaming up with Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz at TSB Arena on 8 Jan 2018, performing new tunes alongside the old.

A classic touch

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Wellington is home to the Grammy-nominated New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and their 2017 season has plenty to entertain. Special international guests and formidable New Zealand talent join the NZSO to delight audiences with memorable concerts including Janine Jansen plays Sibelius (10 Nov 2017). 

Chamber Music New Zealand's 2017 Kaleidoscope Series is an experiential journey of discovery, featuring extraordinary artists and ensembles from solo performers to groups of 20 musicians.

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

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