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Fairfield House to host acclaimed NZ singer-songwriters for launch of new single

Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson will launch Jacquie’s new single ‘Spaces Between Words’ at Fairfield House at a special concert on Sunday, 28 April.

You Are Us/Aroha Nui Auckland Show This Weekend

It’s not long until the nation will come together to honour and raise money for the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks at two huge charity concerts, You Are Us/Aroha Nui.

Soaked Oats share new single and video for ‘Driftworld’

Following the release of the last single, ‘Shuggah Doom’, rammed to the gunnels nationwide shows and alternative radio chart-topping success, New Zealand’s indie sludge-pop rockers, Soaked Oats are back with new single ‘Driftworld’.

Mitch James announces his biggest NZ tour yet

Kiwi pop sensation Mitch James is about to take the world by storm, announcing a string of international shows and a New Zealand tour.

Little Mix Announce Aussie Leg Of Their ‘LM5 The Tour’

British pop group Little Mix are flying back down under this July for their ‘LM5 The Tour’. They will be landing first at Perth’s RAC Arena, then will head their way to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and Brisbane Entertainment Centre. They will also play Melbourne Arena before capping it off at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. They will be performing songs off their brand new album ‘LM5’ such as the global smash ‘Woman Like Me’ which earned them the Brit Award for ‘British Artist Video of the Year’, alongside their greatest hits.

Released in November last year, ‘LM5’ was written and produced by the band with such luminaries as Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Camille Purcell, MNEK, Timberland, Loose Change, TMS and Raye. The collection is their strongest work to date, being as the girls themselves said, the album that they always wanted to make.

Little Mix have firmly established their reputation as one of the most phenomenal performers around, having sold over 45 million records across the globe. The band has notched up a total of four UK No.1 singles, four platinum-selling albums and nine platinum selling singles, surpassing a record previously held by the Spice Girls. Apart from the Brit win, they also recently bagged two Global Awards—one for ‘Best Group’ and the other for ‘Best Song’ again for their single ‘Woman Like Me’.

Joining the girls on all dates as special guest will be New Zealand pop act Robinson. The pop newcomer’s 2018 single ‘Nothing to Regret’ was certified Platinum in Australia and in her home country of New Zealand.

Grab your tickets and let Little Mix demonstrate once again why they are one of today’s pop superstars!

Queen + Adam Lambert – ‘The Rhapsody Tour’ is heading to New Zealand Stadiums in February 2020

“Unique, special and unforgettable.” – 13th Floor.co.nz

The soaring success of the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’—the highest grossing music biopic of all time—has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Lifelong New Zealand fans and new converts will be thrilled with the news that Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with long-time front-man Adam Lambert on lead vocals—returning to New Zealand in February 2020 for three giant stadium shows with a brand-new, spectacular production.

“A beautifully executed tribute to the music that has impacted so many.” – Eventfinda.co.nz

Produced in New Zealand by TEG Dainty, the epic three-date ‘Rhapsody Tour’ is set to run from February 5 to February 10, 2020 with an all-new stadium concert experience, including their first ever concerts in Wellington and Dunedin and a return to Auckland. The tour dates are:

Wednesday, 5 February – Westpac Stadium
Friday, 7 February – Mt Smart Stadium
Monday, 10 February – Forsyth Barr Stadium

Tickets go on sale from Ticketek NZ and Ticketmaster NZ on Wednesday 17 April with tickets on sale from 10am NZST.

Announcing their ‘Rhapsody Tour’ of New Zealand, Roger Taylor said: “We are ready for New Zealand and raring to get back with our new show.”

Adam Lambert said: “We have a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to reveal the show to New Zealand fans!”

With Brian May adding: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, New Zealand!”

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG-DAINTY said: “With the enormous success of the highest grossing music biopic of all time—’Bohemian Rhapsody’—Queen’s popularity in New Zealand is as huge as it gets, we can’t wait to bring Queen + Adam Lambert back to New Zealand with this brand new stadium production and watch them bring their iconic songs to life.”

The ‘Rhapsody Tour’ will debut a brand-new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

“A joy to behold… the show an absolute delight.” – Stuff.co.nz

Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 ‘American Idol’ final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Their first full show thrilled a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world. Completing the tour line-up are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion.

“There were no stops on this bicycle ride which conjured up feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, elation and a healthy pinch or two of melancholy.” – 13th Floor.co.nz

Then along came 20th Century Fox’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The movie has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts approaching $900 million. The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back onto the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, and in NZ, the band scored its highest-charting album in 24 years with the Platinum-selling ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ soundtrack.

When Freddie sang ‘The Show Must Go On’ all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen’s music would still be thrilling audiences. Next summer, the stadium stages of New Zealand will be well and truly rocked again.

“Queen + Adam Lambert is such a victory both tonally and in substance that it probably surprises even the most diehard fans of both acts.” – NZ Herald

The New Zealand dates are expected to be part of a wider tour of the region taking in six stadium shows in Australia and likely also several East Asia dates.

bAnoffee Announces Headline NZ Shows

The Melbourne-born, LA-based multi-disciplined artist bAnoffee announces her return to New Zealand with two headline shows.

Queen + Adam Lambert – The Rhapsody Tour Heading To Three NZ Stadiums In February 2020

The soaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever.

Lauv Brings His ~how i’m feeling~ World Tour Down Under This November

US pop sensation Lauv is flying back to Australia for his ~how i’m feeling~ World Tour this November! Kicking off at The Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane, the tour will head its way to Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and The Forum in Melbourne before wrapping up at Astor Theatre in Perth.

The platinum-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary made a bang with his chart topping hit ‘I Like Me Better’, now four times platinum in Australia alone, and accruing more than 660 million streams worldwide.

With all the successes, Lauv continues to shoot up to pop stardom with latest single ‘i’m so tired…’ with Troye Sivan which has already accumulated over 175 million streams and is currently #27 at Top 40 Radio in the US in just a matter of weeks and rising. The pair recently performed the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Joining Lauv on his Australian dates is US up-and-comer Carlie Hanson. Carlie’s breakout lush pop single ‘Only One’ has accrued over 54 million streams on Spotify alone. The rising pop-star has also already toured with the likes of Yungblud and Troye Sivan.

Snatch up your tickets and don’t miss what will be Lauv‘s heart-warming performances this November!

The Wonky Donkey Man comes to Paihia and Kerikeri for 3 exclusive shows these school holidays

CRAIG SMITH, aka THE WONKY DONKEY MAN is coming to Paihia and Kerikeri for three shows this April.

The APRA award-winning Craig Smith will perform infectious songs from his much-loved books; ‘The Wonky Donkey’, ‘Kaha the Kea’ along with new releases the ‘Drizzly Bear’ and ‘Scariest Thing In The Garden’. Craig is one of New Zealand’s most successful children’s entertainers and authors, with over 1 million book sales, #1 hit titles, a gold status album and 7.5million YouTube plays.

Join in the fun at this 1hr interactive live show packed with singing, dancing, and a whole bunch of laughs. Armed with his guitar and a team of puppets, this Easter holiday treat is aimed at children aged 2 to 10, but irresistible to the whole family!

These shows will be Craig’s final ones for 2019 as he takes a break from touring to focus on the launch of his long-awaited sequel to The Wonky Donkey…The Dinky Donkey, which lucky Northland fans will be amongst the first to hear!

Catch him at the Waitaha Events Centre, Copthorne Hotel & Resort in Paihia, 10.30am and 1pm on Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday) and Cornerstone Church Whare Karakia o Manako in Kerikeri, 10.30am on Tuesday 23rd April.

Tickets are only $10 + Booking Fee. On sale now at eventfinda.co.nz

ABOUT CRAIG SMITH:

Craig Smith aka ‘Wonky Donkey man’ recently won the APRA 2018 Children’s Song of the Year with ‘Scariest Thing In The Garden’. On this brief North Island tour he will be promoting his new album ‘Not Just For Kids 2’ and his recent crowd-funded book ‘The Drizzly Bear’ before he takes the rest of the year off after over a decade on the road.

The Wonky Donkey, originally published in 2009, has been a household name in New Zealand and Australia for almost a decade. Thanks to a viral video with more than 150+ million views globally since August 2018 of Scottish grandmother Janice Clark giggling and reading The Wonky Donkey to her grandson, the infectious rhyming story became a viral sensation and international #1 bestseller last year. Scholastic has since reprinted two million copies to meet global demand.

Keep an eye and ear out for the upcoming new Wonky Donkey tale, The Dinky Donkey, which is due for release towards the end of the year.

Craig Smith is full time musician and author living in Queenstown. Craig’s success in music has been across many genres and includes his children’s music as well as his stories in song being turned into children’s books for which he has won several of NZ’s highest children’s book awards.

His 4 albums have all been successful (one of them attaining gold status) but the one Craig enjoys playing the most is ‘Not Just For Kids’, where you will find his most popular creation, The Wonky Donkey.

Other favourite stories in songbooks include Willbee the Bumblebee, Kaha the Kea, My Daddy Ate An Apple, Square Eyes, Eating and Scariest Thing In The Garden. Craig has sold more than a million copies of his books worldwide.