The definitive list of this summer's big gigs

A view over the audience at a popular music concert, circa 1995. (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images)
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St Jerome's Laneway festival 2018: Mac DeMarco, The War on Drugs and more

For the second year in a row, Laneway will take place in the dreamy green space at Albert Park. Headline acts include Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Aldous Harding, Mac DeMarco, Father John Misty, The Internet, The War On Drugs, and Connan Mockasin.

Auckland: January 29 2018, Albert Park.


New Zealand Festival: Grizzly Bear, Perfume Genius, Thundercat and more

The biennial New Zealand festival has some major music acts on its lineup. US indie rockers Grizzly Bear, David Byrne of Talking Heads, alternative singer-songwriter Perfume Genius, and multi-genre genius Thundercat are among the bigs names that are sure to deliver.

Wellington: February 23rd - March 18th 2018.


TUKI Festival 2018: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Marlon Williams, Aaradhna and more

Tuki Festival in picturesque Wanaka will feature Aradhna, Marlon Williams, and the Phoenix Foundation, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more.  

Wanaka: February 10 2018.


Wondergarden Festival 2017: UMO, MAALA, Chelsea Jade and more

If you're staying in Auckland city you can ring in the New Year at Silo Park with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Leisure, MAALA, Chelsea Jade, Nadia Reid and more.

Auckland: December 31st 2017, Silo Park at Wynyard Quarter.


Auckland City Limits 2018

This major music festival is expected to make a return in early 2018, after a hiatus this year, but there's been no official announcement yet.

The festival was held for the first time in March 2016 and had a star-studded lineup including Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, The National and Cold War Kids.

Auckland: TBC.


Jim Beam Homegrown 2018: Fat Freddy's, Hollie Smith, David Dallas

There is still a further announcement to come on November 20, but Homegrown festival has announced performances from Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy's Drop, Kora, David Dallas, Stan Walker, Katchafire, Anika Moa, Hollie Smith and heaps more.

Wellington: April 7 2018, Wellington waterfront.


Rhythm & Vines festival 2017/2018

Schoolboy Q, Baauer, Mura Masa, 2manydjs are among the headline acts that have been announced so far for the three days New Year's festival's 15th year running.

Gisborne: December 29 - 31 2017, Waiohika Estate.


Rhythm & Alps festival 2017/2018

This three day New Year's festival in stunning Wanaka will feature big international acts including Little Dragon, Schoolboy Q, Cigarettes After Sex, Goldie, Nao and local artists including Fat Freddy's Drop and Yoko-Zuna.

Wanaka: December 29 - January 1st 2018, Robrosa Station Cardrona Valley Road.


Bay Dreams festival 2018: DJ Snake, Foster the People and more

US rapper Machine Gun Kelly, The Upbeats, Maribou State, DJ Snake, Foster The People, Pendulum, $uicideBoy$, and Homebrew are among the lineup that's been announced so far for Bay Dreams festival in Mount Maunganui.

Tauranga: February 2 2018, ASB Baypark.


High Life New Year's Day party 2018

A lineup of local artists will join international DJ's Ron Carroll and TAI for a New Year's Day party on Auckland's North Shore.

Auckland: January 1 2018, Smales Farm, Takapuna.


Splore festival 2018: Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx and more

Splore is a three day music and arts festival on the shores of Tapapakanga Park. There's music, performing arts and installations.

Dizzee Rascal is the music headline, and there's a mix of local and international artists including Chronixx, Too Many Zooz, Black Milk and Ria Hall.

Auckland:  February 23 - February 25 2018, Tapapakanga Park.



American rap icon Macklemore will bring his Gemini world tour to Auckland and Wellington in February next year.

Auckland: February 9 2018, Spark Arena.

Wellington: February 10 2018, TSB Bank Arena.


Fleet Foxes

Folk five piece Fleet Foxes will play two New Zealand shows for the first time since 2012, following the release of their new album Crack-Up.

Auckland: January 9 2018, Auckland Town Hall.

Wellington: January 11 2018, Michael Fowler Centre.


Ed Sheeran

British superstar Ed Sheeran will play multiple shows in Auckland and Dunedin next year in the wake of his latest album ÷ (Divide). The singer-songwriter has a huge and dedicated fanbase in New Zealand.

Auckland: March 24, 25, and 26, 2018, Mt Smart Stadium.

Dunedin: March 29 and 31st, April 1st 2018, Forsyth Barr Stadium.



British indie rock trio Alt-J will perform in Auckland and Wellington this December. The 'Breezeblock' hitmakers have recently released their third album Relaxer.

Auckland: December 12 2017 and December 13 2017, Auckland Town Hall.

Wellington: December 14 2017, TSB Bank Arena.


Alanis Morissette

The iconic singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette will perform three shows in New Zealand next year for the first time since 1998.

Queenstown: January 20, 2018, Gibbston Valley Winery.

Taupo: January 27, 2018, Taupo Amphitheatre.

Whitianga: January 28, 2018, Waterways Arena.


The xx

British electronic pop group The xx will visit New Zealand for the first time in eight years for one show only in Auckland.

Auckland: January 11 2018, Trusts Arena, Henderson.


Foo Fighters and Weezer

US rockers the Foo Fighters and Weezer will head to New Zealand together early next year as part of a world tour. The Foo Fighters released their ninth album Concrete and Gold last month and Weezer are set to release their 11th album Pacific Daydream later this month.

Auckland: February 8 2018, Mt Smart Stadium.


The National

International indie rock darlings The National will play to the winery crowd next year in the wake of their seventh album Sleep Well Beast. To quote a Pitchfork review, their music isn't about how to enjoy life but rather how to endure it.

Auckland: February 25 2018, Villa Maria Estate, Mangere.


Mariah Carey

Pop diva Mariah Carey, one of the world's best-selling artist of all time, will visit our shores for one show only in February.  

Auckland: February 1, 2018, Spark Arena.


Vince Staples

US rapper Vince Staples is touring his latest album Big Fish Theory in January next year. Released in June, it features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dollar Sign and A$AP Rocky.

Auckland: January 13 2018, The Powerstation.

Wellington: January 12 2018, San Fran.



Classic Kiwi drum and bass/electro-rock band Six60 will play four New Zealand shows in January next year, after spending much of 2017 working on new music.

Auckland: January 13 2018, Villa Maria Estate Winery.

Wellington: January 8 2018, TSB Bank Arena.

Christchurch: January 6 2018, Horncastle Arena.

Bay Of Plenty: January 11 2018, Wharepai Domain, Tauranga.