Now the country is sitting pretty at orange level, live gigs and music are back, baby — especially apparent today as Auckland Live has just dropped its stacked lineup for this year’s Te Marama Puoro O Aotearoa/New Zealand Music Month.
We’re calling it now: this year’s NZ Music Month might just be the biggest one since it first launched in 1997. With a series of free and paid events, performances and exhibitions across the city centre, Auckland is set to once again really show off its status as a UNESCO City of Music.
This year’s theme is ‘Level Up’, with event organisers keen to showcase a range of New Zealand musicians hitting new strides in their music, as well as a series of up-and-comers you should definitely have on your radar. To celebrate, Auckland Live is putting on a series of events and activations platforming young artists, so you can head along and support some emerging talent.
One for the diary is Young Gig Makers – Indie Rock in the Garden, which is being held at the Civic’s Wintergarden on Saturday, May 14, and will see four of the country’s emerging indie artists (including previous Rockquest finalists and Parachute winners) take the stage. Who knows, they might be our next biggest export, and in years to come you can say you got to see them before they headlined Coachella.