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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

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It’s time to lose yourself in the music because megastar, Eminem (2 Mar), 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. 

The legend, the voice, the mighty John Farnham (7 Mar) will perform a one-off show featuring all your favourite hits from his almost 50-year career. It's an evening not to be missed. 

Come away with Norah Jones when she performs at TSB Arena on 24 Apr. It'll be one of the nine-time Grammy Award-winner's first performances in New Zealand in 14 years, so make sure you get your tickets to see her live in the capital. 

Homegrown talent

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After being in LA for the past five years, kiwi singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore is heading back to our shores. Don't miss your chance to hear her distinctive "whisky dry" sound as she performs some of favourite hits on 5 Feb. 

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). 

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). 

Marlon Williams is on a high after three big wins at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last year. To celebrate, he's taking to the vines with a concert at Martinborough's Luna Estate on 24 Feb. 

Relive the magic

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International music legend, Engelbert Humperdinck (4 Mar), returns to Wellington and brings 50 years of hits to Wellington with his critically-acclaimed, ‘The Man I Want To Be’, tour.

Manfred Mann were one of the finest British Invasion groups of the '60s. Reformed as The Manfreds without Mann, see the band perform all their hits one last time on 2 Apr. 

Legendary Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, The Hollies (2 Mar), are coming to Wellington armed with all your favourite hits like 'Just One Look' and 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

Magnificent musicals

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Applauded by international critics, Madiba the Musical (7-10 Feb) 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. 

Get ready to sing along to all your favourite Andrew Lloyd Webber songs when one of the world’s best-loved musicals, Cats (3 May) comes to the cultural capital. 

Bringing the LOLs

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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). 

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).

Singing out for more?

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