Childish Gambino announces surprise New Zealand shows

Childish Gambino
Donald Glover will be performing in NZ in November. Photo credit: Getty

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has stunned his Kiwi fans today by announcing that he's bringing his mysterious Pharos show to New Zealand in November.

The Atlanta star tweeted the news on Thursday morning, pointing fans to the Pharos app.

Tickets to the all-ages event will cost USD$149 (NZ$206.66) each, which includes access to camping areas for the three-day festival.

Glover describes Pharos as "a gathering of the 5 intuitives of the human experience: tribe, ritual, experience abstraction, architecture, language.

"Be helpful. Do not be a detriment. No irony."

No location has been announced yet, but Vanity Fair reports it will be near Auckland Airport.

"Pharos is meant to be a communal space, a place that evolves and reacts to the culture," Glover told Vanity Fair via e-mail.

"We aren't tied to a format and that lets us adapt in a way that others can't. We're selling real intimacy. We protect the experience and it becomes something you genuinely share with the people around you and you take away something special. We're looking at expanding the world in 2018, there will be more artists involved."

The last Pharos took place in Joshua tree, California, in September 2016. A series of sold-out shows by Glover and his collaborators took place inside a large virtual reality dome constructed in the middle of the desert.

Attendees weren't allowed to document the experience on social media, in fact they had their phones sealed in lock-bags for the duration of the concert.