Taste of Auckland
Taste of Auckland’s is back, celebrating its 10th year running this year, with a cocktail of some of the best in kiwi music, including entertainment from Hollie Smith, Tami Neilson, Sola Rosa Sound System and Laughton Kora. Alongside the music line-up for the four-day festival, restaurants, classes, demonstrations, craft beer trail and loads of the best food and drink producers in the land will be on offer at Queens Wharf.
The Thrill of It All World Tour hits NZ shores for two shows only at Spark Arena. Sam Smith brings his Grammy-award-winning music to the stage with his releases of debut album, In The Lonely Hour and newer tune Too Good at Goodbyes. The 2nd and 3rd November shows sold fast and there’s only a handful of tickets left, so if you want to see this superstar this weekend, get to Ticketmaster stat!
This is Stan’s first tour in 5 years and only a year after surviving stomach cancer which goes into depth in his documentary Stan (that won multiple Doc:Edge awards). He is hitting multiple stops in the North Island, following sell-out shows down South in the past few weeks starting in Wellington on the 2nd, wrapping up in Auckland on the 17th. He’ll be joined by local talents along the way for a night of kiwi tunes, not to be missed.
La Zeppa Summer Carnival
La Zeppa’s annual summer celebration is rolling into town this weekend! They had me at curly fries, honestly. Giant games, music from the likes of Jetski Safari and Arii Jade, cookies & cupcakes, cocktails and food trucks, it’s all there for this inner-city special.
The Reputation World Tour
Taylor Swift is heading to NZ, hot off the heels of her Australian stadium shows for a night at Mount Smart Stadium on the 9th. She’s joined by Charli XCX and kiwi duo Broods for a night of tunes in the outdoors and if her stage set-up is anything to go by, it’s going to be a massive show.
Shortland St Musical
The beloved weekday soap has been turned into a full-blown musical extravaganza by Shortland St alum, long-running director Simon Bennett and Guy Langford who’s been working on it for over six years. The show will feature old favourites with Dr Chris Warner, Nick Harrison, Dr Hone Ropata, Rachel McKenna and Marj Neilson at the ASB Waterfront Theatre from the 14th.
2018 Vodafone NZ Music Awards
It’s that time of year again, where the musicians of NZ are celebrated and lots of Tui’s are handed out for the biggest award titles. The evening will be hosted by Kanoa Lloyd and Stan Walker with live performances from a couple of the finalists including Six60, Robinson, JessB and Drax Project on the night. The evening’s hosted at Spark Arena and is open to public (tickets from Ticketmaster) with live coverage on Three.
The biggest party is bringing over a big line-up for your enjoyment, as they takeover Queens Wharf. Join Laidback Luke, Party Thieves, Dom Dolla, Blanke, Tom Budin, Tim Phin and more at Our:House 2018. Plus George FM’s Silent Disco is back - limited tickets left (so don’t miss out!) are available from Eventbrite for the 16th.
Friday Jams Live
After its debut at Spark Arena last year, Friday Jams is taking things outside with a massive RnB line-up at Western Springs on the 18th. Usher, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Salt n Pepa, Eve, Taio Cruz and NZ’s own Kings will take the stage for over six hours of performances, hosted by Fatman Scoop.
Night Noodle Markets
Foodies can rejoice with the annual Night Noodle markets returning to Victoria Park in Auckland from the 23rd with loads of authentic Asian street food on offer across the park which is a great way to kick off the summer season.
It’s almost the end of the year, which means that Basement Theatre’s annual Christmas production is just around the corner. They’re taking it back to the year of 1997 where a charismatic leader is keen to show her employee’s a good time. The show is written by comedians Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden and features a host of guest celebrities, rolling in at the Basement Theatre from the 29th.
Image credits: NZ Music Awards, @stanwalker