A Guide to Top Gigs in Central Auckland

14 December, 2017

This summer is jam-packed with international and local acts you don't want to miss. Spend a day at a music festival, see an international music legend in the flesh or enjoy something low-key. This year's music calendar offers something for everyone.

Roger Waters
24 and 26 January 2018, Spark Arena

Rock icon Roger Waters, the creative visionary behind Pink Floyd, is set to give fans the ultimate concert experience with his critically acclaimed Us + Them tour. The tour has garnered rave reviews – hailing as a triumph the “eye-popping” production and the “spectacular” set-list drawn from classics in the Floyd canon and from Waters’ solo work.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival
29 January 2018, Albert Park

A staple of the summer event calendar, St Jerome's Laneway Festival is back with lush lineup of international and local delights including Bonobo, Father John Misty, Aldous Harding and so much more. 

Tierra Y Mar - a Flamenco Guitar Project
1 and 2 February 2018, Q Theatre

Featuring artists from Andalucía, Barcelona and New Zealand, Tierra y Mar captures the essence of traditional flamenco, combining it with innovative elements to create a truly moving and emotive performance. Paul Bosauder is returning home from Spain in February 2018 to present his personal flamenco project and introduce New Zealand to his début flamenco album Tierra y Mar. Expect a dynamic performance where top flamenco artists from Spain perform along side local artists in an intimate setting.

Macklemore
9 February 2018, Spark Arena

American rapper Macklemore returns to New Zealand in February for a show at Auckland’s Spark Arena to promote his latest album Gemini

Paramore
13 February 2018, Spark Arena

Rock superstars Paramore are making their highly anticipated return to New Zealand for their first headline show in four years. Long regarded as an exhilarating live act with a non-stop show led by the fearless Hayley Williams, with Taylor York on guitar and Zac Farro back on drums, Paramore are a bona fide juggernaut, selling over 6 million albums and leaving a trail of sold-out headline arena tours in their wake. 

Robbie Williams
14 February 2018, Spark Arena

Opening to rave reviews across Europe, his New Zealand show will see Williams perform a glittering hit-laden set spanning his entire career, along with a couple of surprising covers thrown in for good measure. From his breakthrough global smash hit ‘Angels’, through pop anthems ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ’Millennium’, 'Come Undone', 'Kids', 'Feel', ‘Rock DJ’, and more, Robbie Williams’ unparalleled catalogue is a career-defining generational soundtrack. 

Queen + Adam Lambert
17 and 18 February 2018, Spark Arena

Music legends Queen and Adam Lambert will rock Spark Arena with their new state-of-the-art show. The band will unveil a brand new show including a choice of performance material that will no doubt acknowledge this year’s 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest-selling studio album to date, News of the World from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.

Incubus
4 March 2018, Spark Arena

In March 2018 Incubus will return to New Zealand for the first time in six years to play a show in Auckland's Spark Arena. The show will be the first chance for fans to hear new tracks like Nimble Bastard and Glitterbomb from their aptly titled eighth studio album, 8. As well as a plethora of hits from their expansive back catalogue spanning the past 20 years.

James Blunt
6 March 2018 at Spark Arena

British singer-songwriter James Blunt brings his The Afterlove Tour down under in March 2018. See him performing songs from his latest album plus his incredible catalogue of hits including Bartender, You’re Beautiful, Goodbye My Lover, Carry You Home, No Bravery, 1973, Wisemen, Stay The Night and Bonfire Heart.

Rag'n'Bone Man
6 April 2018 at Spark Arena

Accompanied by a full band Rag’n’Bone Man's arena show will leave no doubt as to why he has been dubbed one of the world’s most exciting new talents. Graham is a born performer, when he sings he connects with people on a deeply personal level. During quieter songs, as his vast soulful growl fills the venue, audiences have literally been left crying. With an extraordinary balance of strength and gentleness, Graham’s phenomenal voice has a maturity of someone well beyond his tender years.

Halsey
19 April 2018 at Spark Arena

Whether it’s that unmistakable voice, her take-no-prisoners attitude, or her irreverent approach to social media, there’s something about the way this 23-year-old New Jersey native operates that we just can’t get enough of. See her live ar Spark Arena this April.