From bangin’ indie rock fests to industry workshops and laidback Sunday sessions, we’ve scouted 10 thrilling live performances and events coming to the capital during New Zealand Music Month this May. So, pick your favourite genre, grab a bunch of music-loving mates and support the best in Kiwi music - and our most talented performers - at one of these gigs around town:
1 - 4 May | Various locations
Don’t miss this exciting four-day celebration of Wellington’s diverse music scene. With more than 40 solo and group performances, plus poster exhibitions and a ‘sound walk’, you’re in for a “full-on blast of sonic exploration”.
3 May | CoCA, Massey University
Be sure to sign-up for this epic panel discussion on the international world of electronic music, featuring the founders of Discwoman in conversation with local music personalities. Then, hone your DJing skills in a beginner's workshop covering the basics of CDJs. Image: Factmag.com
3 May | San Fran
Get reacquainted with some of NZ’s most iconic tunes when the Jordan Luck Band comes to San Fran this month. Expect all the best Exponents hits (read: ‘Why does love do this to me’) and a darn good reminiscent time.
5 May | Valhalla
See New Zealand’s best and brightest burgeoning indie artists take the stage at Valhalla during this one day, all-inclusive indie music festival showcasing new and emerging artists from across the country.
8 May | CoCA, Massey University
Want to know more about the Wellington music industry? Now's your chance at this informal meet-and-greet with a bunch of seasoned professionals who can offer advice and knowledge about how to go about making it big. FREE Entry.
11 May | The Third Eye
Catch psychedelic folk quartet, A.U.R.A, at The Third Eye for an evening of tunes from their latest album. NZ born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Albert Mikolaj, leads the group and is joined by Wellington's Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, French For Rabbits), along with Deanne Krieg (Ida Lune, Congress of Animals) and Samuel Austin.
23 May | Caroline
Fresh from a recording stint in New York, this alternative/indie band of three brothers + a great mate return to NZ with their debut mixtape, Almost Feel Good. Discover for yourself what all the online fuss and radio attention is about.
24 May | Wellington Museum
Grab this rare chance to see performances by a stellar lineup of Wellington’s best female guitarists, bass players and drummers, including Hex, Womb, Linen, and Oonaverse, along with legendary DJs from Death Ray Records.
26 May | Caffe L’affare
For a no strings attached afternoon outing, head to one of the city’s most iconic coffee shops for a laid back Sunday session featuring local talent, Sea Mouse. FREE entry.
30 May | Meow
End NZ Music Month on a high and reignite your love for one of the country’s most successful global music groups when Salmonella Dub returns to Welly to showcase its new album, Tease.