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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, going manic in the mosh pit, or nodding approvingly at its upcoming bevvy of gigs. Load up your nights with some of these live performances:

Pop and contemporary

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Kiwi pop icon, Stan Walker, returns to the stage after a long break with his highly-anticipated Springboard Tour (10 Sep). He'll perform all his biggest hits, along with a bunch of newbies. 

Popular Australian Duo, Hermitude (AKA Luke Dubs and El Gusto), are bringing their electrifying live show to Shed 6 this spring (6 Nov). Catch them before they really hit the big time.

If you love dance music, then don't miss Orchestra Wellington when they join forces with a collection of Kiwi artists to bring you Synthony at TSB Arena (25 - 26 Oct). It's set to be an unforgettable mash-up of popular dance music and orchestra.

International headliners

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Multi-talented collective, Postmodern Jukebox, are bringing their re-imagined contemporary hits back to Wellington in their brand-new Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 show (18 Oct).

The legend, the voice, the mighty John Farnham will perform a one-off show (1 Dec) featuring all your favourite hits from his almost 50-year career.  

Three of the voices from the world's best-loved bands are coming to Wellington later this year (17 Nov): Frontm3n is a mash-up of Peter Howarth from The Hollies, Mick Wilson from 10cc, and Pete Lincoln from The Sweet. 

Relive the magic


The mastermind behind some of the world's biggest hits will perform live in Wellington. Catch three-time Grammy winner and country music superstar, Kris Kristofferson, live with The Stranglers (11 Oct).

If you're a die-hard Beatles fan then make a beeline for The Bootleg Beatles and go on a musical journey that transcends decades (14 Nov).

Get your 70's disco jive on when The Bee Gees Night Fever tour rolls into town (22 Nov). Expect all your favourite tracks, including 'Night Fever', 'Stayin' Alive' and more.

Brace yourself for 1970's and 80's hit-makers, America. These icons of era-music will perform hits from their classic repertoire at The Opera House later this year (23 Nov).


Bringing the LOLs


Irish funnyman, stand-up comedian and television presenter, Dara O'Briain, is winging his way to windy Welly. Be prepared for a night of side-splitting humour (20 Sep). 

If you haven't heard of Celeste Barber, then open your Instagram account and follow her pronto. This actor, comedian and social media superstar has close to 6 million followers and is coming to the capital to share her intimate and self-deprecating stand-up comedy show - Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted (21 Sep).

Not long after, Dylan Moran takes the stage at the Michael Fowler Centre to share his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life (12 Oct).

Australian comedian, writer, actor and television presenter, Hannah Gadsby, will perform her newest show, Douglas, at the Michael Fowler Centre in early 2020 (3 Feb).

Classical and opera


The NZSO's 2019 Season has something for everyone. From full festivals dedicated to Beethoven, to a modern interpretation of Frankenstein and gutsy performances of The Messiah, even the fussiest classical connoisseurs are catered to. Peruse the programme here.

For the opera lovers out there, the New Zealand Opera company presents a chilling ghost story, The Turn of the Screw (3-5 Oct).


Singing out for more?

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