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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:

International headliners

The streets

British hip hop alternative group, The Streets, are making a return to the capital for the first time in more than 10 years (23 July). See them perform unforgettable classics 'Fit but you know it', 'Dry your eyes' and more.

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. 

Music prodigy, Jacob Collier, has been wowing audiences around the world and now it's your chance to see the Grammy Award-winner right here in the coolest little capital (4 Sep).

Relive the magic

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Get among the 40th anniversary celebrations of Neil Young's 1979 Live Rust album when a super group of NZ artists come together for a live concert performance (6 Aug) of songs from the album.

If you're still toe-tapping after seeing Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen, then take the plunge and book tickets to The Ultimate Queen Celebration (28 Aug), starring Marc Martel who provided vocals for the film.

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.

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). 

Not long after, Dylan Moran - another of Ireland's best comedy exports - arrives in the capital to share his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life (12 Oct).

Classical, Opera and magnificent musicals

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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 crazy comedy, The Barber of Seville (29 Jun - 6 Jul), and chilling ghost story, The Turn of the Screw (3-5 Oct).

If choir music's more your jam, the Orpheus Choir of Wellington has two major renditions this year: Carmina Burana (7 Sep), and Resurrection (22 Nov).


Singing out for more?

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