Auckland City Limits Music Festival First Lineup

Auckland City Limits Music Festival has announced the first lineup with an exciting and diverse roster headlined by Kendrick Lamar and The National.

Ten international acts plus six locals appear in the first announcement from the forty acts to appear at the one-day festival on Saturday, 19 March 2016

Joining the headliners announced at Western Springs Stadium and park are heavy-hitting rapper Action Bronson and a host of exciting artists including breakout rockers Houndmouth, country singer songwriter Sturgill Simpson, and acclaimed Californian indie act Cold War Kids.

Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar causes the most excitement with his well-timed and hugely anticipated return to New Zealand. Lamar has cemented his place as an important voice in contemporary music with his 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly, the album broke Spotify’s global first day streaming record and has received rave reviews. Lamar’s feature on Taylor Swift’s number one “Bad Blood” saw him infiltrate the pop charts for the first time but it is the personally and politically charged sound of To Pimp A Butterfly that has been hailed by the likes of Spin as the “great American Hip-Hop Album.”

The National have been indie rock’s slow burning heroes through a six-album career to date that has seen them emerge as an arena headlining band with a passionate fan base. Critics swoon to the band’s intricate, magisterial rock and their epic live shows are legendary. As The Guardian (UK) wrote, “It’s extraordinary to watch so many people communally, euphorically connecting with these immaculate anthems of introspection and despair.”

You don’t have to look far for the wealth of musical discovery that Auckland City Limits promises. New Zealand debuts for Sturgill Simpson, Houndmouth, Cold War Kids, Grace Potter and Lord Huron bring a feast of new music for local fans. Fiery Alabama soul act St Paul and the Broken Bones have just been singled out by no less than Keith Richards in Rolling Stone magazine as “a cat who can do an Otis Redding”. And Shakey Graves, an artist so Austin that the mayor named a day after him, returns to Auckland bringing a taste of sister festival Austin City Limits to the event. 

New Zealand artists on the bill include a return home for popular Los Angeles based The Naked & Famous, alongside the award winning queen of local country Tami Neilson, The Phoenix Foundation, hotly tipped new acts MAALA and Kinetic, and a one-off performance of the timeless classic album Navigator by Che Fu & The Kratez.

Auckland City Limits Music Festival will announce additional performers in December, as well as details about Auckland Eats, local artworks, an artisanal market, Auckland Kiddie Limits and more.

it was no surprise that the first lineup announcement only took minutes to sell out the special Super Early Bird tickets.

Thousands of people had signed up for a chance to get their hands on what was effectively a half price ticket to the 19 March event at Western Springs
The festival’s next release of early bird tickets, goes on sale at 9am on Friday, Octobe 6th, along with VIP tickets and Air New Zealand grabaseat ticket and flight packages.

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