Artist Venue Date Time Entry Cost Brief description of Gig Link to ticket
Courtnay Low and Co Festival of Lights - Hatchery Lawn - Pukekura Park 16-01-2019 20:00 Free Courtnay Low leads some of Taranaki’s all-star musicians to perform songs spanning many decades and genres that are guaranteed to get you on your feet. -----NA-----
Jack Derwin Festival of Lights - Hatchery Lawn - Pukekura Park 16-01-2019 21:00 Free Jack Derwin performs an eclectic blend of blues covers and originals. He gives an audience the best in ‘nu kool blues’ and roots with a dynamic edge. Jack’s eclectic song list, pitches somewhere between non-purist old school blues, outback sunsets and urban lights. -----NA-----
The Frank Burkitt Band Festival of Lights - Hatchery Lawn - Pukekura Park 17-01-2019 20:30 Free The Frank Burkitt Band play original music inspired by folk, jazz, blues, swing, and all things American roots. The string band is popular throughout New Zealand thanks to their entertaining performances, strong musicianship and fantastic song-writing. ‘Burkitt – backed by his four-piece band – hollered, crooned and generally swooned his merry way through a plethora of foot stomping ditties.’ Edinburgh Evening News. -----NA-----
Maxime Vallieres Festival of Lights - Fred Parker Lawn - Pukekura Park 18-01-2019 20:00 Free Canadian artist Maxime Vallieres is inspired by the storytelling of folk music and the soundscapes of post-rock. Ljós, meaning ‘light’ in Icelandic, finds balance in minimalist song structures, lo-fi elements, and rich sonic layering. -----NA-----
The Overchur Festival of Lights - Hatchery Lawn - Pukekura Park 18-01-2019 20:00 Free The Overchur perform a self-composed instrumental journey called The Conchurto . The piece is a continuous musical journey comprising of a mixture of celtic/rock/ska/latin/reggae styles and numerous key changes keeping the audience engaged and dancing. -----NA-----
Viices Festival of Lights - Fred Parker Lawn - Pukekura Park 18-01-2019 20:45 Free Former local boy Jake McComb’s solo project, Viices sets out to be the biggest sound one person can create on stage. Using a mix of guitars, electronic rhythms and live looping, Viices creates his own unique blend of indie rock and hip hop live in front of your eyes and ears. -----NA-----
Shaskeen Reel Festival of Lights - Hatchery Lawn - Pukekura Park 18-01-2019 21:00 Free Whether you label them as Celtic, Irish, New Trad, or Country Rock – Shaskeen Reel’s strength lies in their tremendous harmonies and toe-tapping rhythms. Their enthusiasm and infectious good craic always appeals to people of all ages. -----NA-----
Alpaca Social Club Festival of Lights - Fred Parker Lawn 19-01-2019 20:00 Free Cascading anthemic melodies and songs made on a ground breaking combination of Craig Denham on piano/piano accordion, and Jon Sanders on bouzouki with bass pick up, harmony vocals and infectious stomp pedal. -----NA-----
Renee Milner Festival of Lights - Fred Parker Lawn - Pukekura Park 20-01-2019 20:00 Free Renee’s dusty, direct, sensitive vocals and melodic finger-picking style combine to create a luscious listening experience. Hailing from Sydney and now a Taranaki local, Renee is a self-confessed nomad and story teller who has just completed her second EP In the World with producer Graeme Woller (Into the East). Renee will be joined at this year’s festival by Graeme Woller & local drummer Jack Mahy. -----NA-----
The Lonely Heartstring Band Festival of Lights - Hatchery Lawn - Pukekura Park 20-01-2019 20:30 Free One of the most exciting and fresh folk/ bluegrass bands to come out of the USA in recent years, the Lonely Heartstring Band combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, and fantastic original songwriting. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them during their short trip to New Zealand. -----NA-----
Paul Ubana Jones 4th Wall Theatre 31-01-2019 19:30 $30 Paul has toured with the best: B.B. King, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Crowded House. He has played major festivals in Canada, USA, Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia. Winner of 3 New Zealand Music / Tui awards and with 9 CDs released, Paul simply says: “The passion to tour, play and write still remains as strong a ever” “The most exiting thing Electro Acoustic Artist to visit our shores”.......Good Morning News, Santa Monica Paul brings new songs to his live sets and a creative and virtuosic energy that has kept him busy touring since 1973 in Europe and here in New Zealand since 1987 Click here
Paul Ubana Jones 4th Wall Theatre 01-02-2019 19:30 $30 Paul has toured with the best: B.B. King, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Crowded House. He has played major festivals in Canada, USA, Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia. Winner of 3 New Zealand Music / Tui awards and with 9 CDs released, Paul simply says: “The passion to tour, play and write still remains as strong a ever” “The most exiting thing Electro Acoustic Artist to visit our shores”.......Good Morning News, Santa Monica Paul brings new songs to his live sets and a creative and virtuosic energy that has kept him busy touring since 1973 in Europe and here in New Zealand since 1987 Click here
Sofia Talvik 4th Wall Theatre 09-02-2019 19:30 $25 Sofia Talvik is an Swedish Folk/Americana artist that has spent the last seven years tirelessly touring Europe and USA. She's now embarking on a world tour with stops in New Zealand, Europe and the USA promoting her upcoming album. Sofia's music has a special hint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers. A North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. She is a veteran performer with 7 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. Her songs and stage presence sets the stage for an intimate relationship with the audience - a unique, beautiful and warm evening of live music and heartfelt stories. Sofia was the 3rd most played artist on USA Folk Radio Charts in the USA in December 2017 and her album Big Sky Country was selected 4th best Americana album of the year by The Telegraph UK, and charted as no 13 on U.S Folk Radio in 2016. Click here
Polly & the Minstrel 4th Wall Theatre 15-02-2019 19:30 $20 AKA Siobhan Sweeney and Nathan Torvik are a longstanding duo from Nelson NZ. Siobhan's heartfelt vocals and original song writing, together with Nate's sensitive guitar accompaniment and virtuosic instrumental abilities have endeared them to audiences around the country and abroad. Their 2019 summer tour will feature Siobhan's original modern folk songs alongside favourites from their wide ranging repertoire: anything from rootsy traditional folk and bluegrass flat picking, to the baroque era, 80's pop and African grooves. Deftly underpinned by Nate's multi-role guitar accompaniment: simultaneous chords, melody, bass and percussion. Siobhan and Nate's onstage chemistry and relaxed and unassuming delivery makes for a warm and engaging atmosphere. Click here
Hayden Chisholm - Orange Tour 4th Wall Theatre 17-02-2019 19:30 Adults $25 Students $10 Hayden Chisholm is one of finest jazz musicians to have emerged in this country. Raised in New Plymouth, Hayden has lived in Germany since the early 1990s where he has established himself as an instrumentalist and composer at the forefront of jazz in Europe. UNWIND is Hayden's New Zealand based project and tours annually Joining Hayden is renowned bassist Paul Dyne (Sustenance, Mike Nock, Malcolm McNeill) and pianist and composer Norman Meehan. This tour promotes their new album 'ORANGE', an album that features the trio’s original music Their 2019 summer tour will introduce audiences to percussion master Julien Dyne (Ladi6, Fat Freddies Drop), the most recent addition to the group. Click here
Marlon Williams TSB Showplace 19-02-2019 20:00 A Reserve $69.30, B Reserve $57.35 - Service Fees apply Performing songs from his #1 NZ album Make Way For Love and more, Marlon Williams will play alongside his band (Dave Khan, Ben Woolley, Gus Agars and Dan Luscombe) in New Plymouth's TSB Theatre. 2018 APRA Silver Scroll recipient for his song "Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore", Marlon Williams is in the midst of possibly the most career making year of his life! An album tour which has taken him around the globe for the majority of this year playing festivals and selling out headline tours, an acting part in Bradley Cooper’s Hollywood film directorial debut A Star Is Born, FOUR nominations at this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (and one wine for Best Video), it’s time for this long-awaited homecoming. These shows are sure to mark the start of another huge year for Marlon Williams. Don’t miss your chance to see him at home in New Zealand this summer. These intimate shows will sell out. -----NA-----
SIMON KEMPSTON 4th Wall Theatre 23-02-2019 19:30 $25 One of Scotland's very best singer-songwriters' (Sunday Herald) 'Stunning talent' (STV Scottish Television) Beautiful tunes, infinitely talented' (BBC Radio 3) A unique Scottish talent on his first New Zealand tour, performing thought-provoking, evocative, original songs in a wonderfully intimate setting. This special New Plymouth concert is not to be missed. Click here
The Frank Burkitt Band 4th Wall Theatre 28-02-2019 19:30 $25 The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be returning to the 4th Wall as part of their 30 date 'Lost but Alive' NZ Tour. They will be performing a set of new material, as well as some of the old songs that have helped them build a strong national following over the past 5 years. Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. A folk songwriter at his core, American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music. The band’s set can get the room’s foot tapping, but also contains more poignant songs that audiences can really invest in. ‘Folkies in suits’ as they have been described. For the first time in New Plymouth, the band will be joined by the runaway talents of Oscar Laven, a one man horn section and stalwart of the Wellington jazz scene. Click here
LEAVING JACKSON: THE JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER SHOW Theatre Royal - TSB Showplace 22-03-2019 19:30 Adult $67.00, Concession (Senior, Student, Unwaged) $57.00, Groups of 8+ $57.00pp, Family (2A & 2C) $125.00, Service fees apply Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. From the famous Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues to the iconic Ring of Fire. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Click here
Shortland Street - the Musical TSB Showplace 22-03-2019 19:30 $70-$110, service fees apply Playboy Doctor Chris Warner has his feathers ruffled when humanitarian Doctor Hone Ropata arrives in Ferndale; a town where love never lasts, statistically unlikely events happen on a regular basis, and every Christmas someone dies. It’s hate at first sight, but together they must save the All Blacks, defend a murder charge, and rescue the clinic from Chris’ evil father. But things get messy when Marj has a stroke, Rachel is struck by lightning, and Lionel gets hit by a truck… Set in 1992, Shortland Street - The Musical features iconic characters and stories from the classic era of New Zealand’s favourite TV show. With songs including ‘Stuck In A Love Triangle’, ‘Cliffhanger’ & ‘Not In Guatemala Now’, Shortland Street - The Musical is a warm-hearted musical comedy the whole family can enjoy. Click here
Shortland Street - the Musical TSB Showplace 23-03-2019 14:00 $70-$110, service fees apply Playboy Doctor Chris Warner has his feathers ruffled when humanitarian Doctor Hone Ropata arrives in Ferndale; a town where love never lasts, statistically unlikely events happen on a regular basis, and every Christmas someone dies. It’s hate at first sight, but together they must save the All Blacks, defend a murder charge, and rescue the clinic from Chris’ evil father. But things get messy when Marj has a stroke, Rachel is struck by lightning, and Lionel gets hit by a truck… Set in 1992, Shortland Street - The Musical features iconic characters and stories from the classic era of New Zealand’s favourite TV show. With songs including ‘Stuck In A Love Triangle’, ‘Cliffhanger’ & ‘Not In Guatemala Now’, Shortland Street - The Musical is a warm-hearted musical comedy the whole family can enjoy. Click here
Shortland Street - the Musical TSB Showplace 23-03-2019 19:30 $70-$110, service fees apply Playboy Doctor Chris Warner has his feathers ruffled when humanitarian Doctor Hone Ropata arrives in Ferndale; a town where love never lasts, statistically unlikely events happen on a regular basis, and every Christmas someone dies. It’s hate at first sight, but together they must save the All Blacks, defend a murder charge, and rescue the clinic from Chris’ evil father. But things get messy when Marj has a stroke, Rachel is struck by lightning, and Lionel gets hit by a truck… Set in 1992, Shortland Street - The Musical features iconic characters and stories from the classic era of New Zealand’s favourite TV show. With songs including ‘Stuck In A Love Triangle’, ‘Cliffhanger’ & ‘Not In Guatemala Now’, Shortland Street - The Musical is a warm-hearted musical comedy the whole family can enjoy. Click here
Hot Potato Band 4th Wall Theatre 24-03-2019 19:30 Early bird $35 - All tickets $40 The boys are back at the 4th Wall and we are so pleased to have them here again - they are awesome !! Hot Potato Band is proud of their all acoustic line up. The absence of electronic instrumentation has set them apart from many other acts and continues to tie them to their roving roots, but not to the stage. The bands energy is released through an amalgamation of catchy music and lyrics, infectious dance moves, and audience interaction, attributed to their mobility as a band and the breaking down of barriers between stage and audience. Although difficult to describe their genre, HPB continues to compile their arsenal of songs inspired by Pop, Funk, Ska, Reggae and bound by the classic sounds of New Orleans brass bands. The bands unique sound is built on the backs of three drummers and a sousaphone, along with an array of horns covering catchy chorus lines and providing a beautiful harmonic cloud for Ben (vocalist) to float above. They are a band never to shy from a good time. Early bird available until 28th February. Click here
CATS TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace 05-05-2019 16:00 Premium $139.00, A Reserve $119.00, A Reserve Groups of 10 $109.00, B Reserve $89.90, Children $79.90. Service fees apply. One of the world’s best-loved musicals, CATS, will embark on its most extensive tour of New Zealand ever in 2019. It has won many awards, including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards, and is considered among the all-time favourites of musical theatre fans. Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, and has been seen by over 73 million people worldwide. Click here
THE PROCLAIMERS TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace 07-05-2019 19:30 Diamond $149.00, Platinum $119.00, Gold $99.00, Silver $79.00. Service fees apply. Popular visitors to Kiwi shores - Scotland’s The Proclaimers – will perform their most comprehensive New Zealand tour to date, in May 2019. New Zealand singer-songwriter Mel Parsons will open all eight shows. Mel is currently celebrating the release of her new single I Got The Lonely, recorded in the US with award-winning producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney). Click here
Rhythms of Ireland TSB Showplace 01-06-2019 19:30 -----NA----- Ireland’s most celebrated show, The Rhythms of Ireland, returns to NZ in 2019, for the first time since their sell-out tour in 2010. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, New Zealand is privileged to welcome back Ireland’s most outstanding and elite company of dancers to perform this awe-inspiring production. Highly successful and critically acclaimed, The Rhythms of Ireland, seen by over two-million people worldwide, has an unsurpassed reputation for “stunningly executed performances”. The quality and spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with flawlessly innovative choreography and production values of contemporary Irish excellence. Experience a spectacular evening of traditional Irish dance, music and song enhanced by stunning costumes, lighting and sound. Click here
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT TSB Showplace 20-06-2019 19:30 Platinum $99.90, Premium $79.90, A Reserve $59.90, B Reserve $39.90 Service Fees apply Get ready for the ride of your life Taranaki, because, finally, New Plymouth Operatic has announced that the international smash hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be staged at the TSB Showplace in June 2019. A divalicious musical comedy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is an uplifting story, based on the 1994 Oscar-winning hit movie, of three Sydney drag artists who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, on a journey of self-discovery which takes them on a road trip to the heartland of Australia searching for love, friendship and family. With a dazzling array of over 500 outrageous costumes, 200 magnificent headdresses, a spectacular bus and a parade of dance floor classics including Don’t Leave Me This Way, I Will Survive, I Love the Nightlife, Go West, Hot Stuff, Colour My World and Shake Your Groove Thing, Priscilla will be a just-wanna-have-fun spectacular. Make sure you don't miss the bus! Click here