15 events you can’t afford to miss in August

Just like that, August is upon us, and with a line-up that’s set to blow things out of the water, no less. From Queen Celine to Lady Perry, the inimitable Bob Dylan and rock royalty, Queens of the Stone Age, things are about to heat up in the best kind of way. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that August is a month where ‘which tickets you have’ are a conversational staple.

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Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Few singers have the clout of Celine Dion. As one of the most recognisable names in music (and more recently, fashion), not only has she sold in excess of 250 million albums over the course of her 30-year-long career, her live performance record boasts an astounding 2032 performances playing to more than 14,578,000 spectators. Luring in crowds the world over with her LIVE 2018 tour, attendees can expect a hefty song repertoire of classics and covers, delivered with Dion’s unrelenting passion.

11th-18th August, Spark Arena Purchase tickets here.

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

What is arguably the most famous stage show of all time, Chicago, is touching down in Auckland, bringing an ample dose of razzle-dazzle with it. The sizzling production is set to heat up your winter calendar.

From 25th August, purchase tickets here.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Most recently getting airtime as one-third of the American Idol Season 13 judging squad, Katy Perry’s 2018 Witness tour — a support to her newly released, eponymous album — will see the singer in Aotearoa for the first time since 2014. Fans can expect a performance to rival her eye-popping, high energy Prismatic world tour.

20th & 21st August, Spark Arena.
Purchase tickets here.

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The iconic New Zealand band is joining forces with the NZSO for a concert that celebrates their 20th anniversary together. Drawing upon their immense catalogue of widely-adored tunes, attendees can expect awe-inspiring new arrangements brought to life by the live orchestra.

Friday 3rd August, Auckland Town Hall. 
Purchase tickets here

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent

A calling card for creatives, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, Semi Permanent is heading our way for yet another inspirational iteration. Big names touching down to share their insights include Ethan Eismann, product director at Airbnb, Sara Ortloff Khoury, Director at Google Cloud, Chris Wiggins, Vice President of Product Design at Spotify and, honestly, so many more.

9th-11th August, Aotea Centre. 
Get your tickets here.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

The keenly-awaited film adaptation of the cult 2013 book by Kevin Kwan is set to hit the big screen. Following the story of a Chinese-American woman, charmingly portrayed by Constance Wu, who travels back to Asia to meet her boyfriend’s ultra-rich family and friends, she experiences both reverse culture shock and universal relationship problems along the way.

In cinemas 30th August.
View the trailer here.

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Despite the sad death of founding member Alan Longmuir in June this year, the legacy of this sensational Scottish pop group well and truly lives on. The sell-out tour will take you on a twirl back into the *rollermania* of the 70s with plenty of nostalgic hits that go with it.

Saturday 4th August, The Powerstation.   
Purchase tickets here.

A Evening With Jane Fonda

A Evening With Jane Fonda

A Evening With Jane Fonda

A Evening With Jane Fonda

If you’re a Fonda fan, you can’t afford to miss this intimate evening with one of the most recognisable women of our generation. From Vogue cover girl of ’59 to symbol of senior power, Jane will share stories about her life growing up in Hollywood, her acting career, her interest in activism, and, her secrets to a life well lived.

Thursday 30th August, Aotea Centre.
Purchase tickets here.

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Legends in the rock world — albeit having garnered some bad press lately for having struck a photographer in the crowd of one of their recent concerts — Queens of the Stone Age are sure to bring their A-game to Auckland for a one night only performance for their Villains tour at Spark Arena. Hot tip: either leave your DSLR at home or stay out of frontman Josh Homme’s kicking range.

Thursday 23rd August, Spark Arena. 
Purchase tickets here

 

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Few people would dispute the fact that he’s one of the most influential artists of all time. With a six-decade-long career and songs that have articulated some of modern history’s most politically charged moments, to experience Bob Dylan at his current vintage of 77-years-old will be an experience to behold.

Sunday 26th August, Spark Arena. 
Purchase tickets here.

LBJ

LBJ

LBJ

LBJ

Woody Harrelson is US President Lyndon Baines Johnson in this Rob Reiner-directed biopic charting his life leading up to his days in office. Lyndon Johnson goes from being a powerful Senate majority leader to a powerless Vice President before he becomes the President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

In cinemas 9th August. 
Watch the trailer here.

Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

From producer Jordan Peele and veteran director Spike Lee, Blackkklansman is being heralded as ‘the movie of the year’ by some. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Here he manages to infiltrate the local KKK in a bid to prove himself to his doubtful contemporaries. Smart and funny, with promising reviews from Cannes, we can’t wait to see it.

In cinemas 16th August, watch the trailer here.

LATE #MeToo

LATE #MeToo

LATE #MeToo

LATE #MeToo

Moderated by Noelle McCarthy, the Auckland Museum’s upcoming edition of LATE continues the conversations around the Are We There Yet? exhibition. It looks at a movement that has inspired countless women to share their experiences with sexual assault or harassment through the internet. Panellists Donna Awatere, Zoë Lawton and Kirsty Johnston assess the repercussions and reactions that are redefining the sexual landscape and explain how society might change in the process.

Wednesday 15th August, more info here.

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

If you’re after some light-hearted entertainment, consider this your ticket. Formerly a professional cheerleader, Johnson skyrocketed to fame when her impersonation of a nail salon employee went viral. Now she’s a professional comedienne, set to bring her humour our way this month.

Sunday 12th August, SKYCITY. 
Purchase tickets here

Stella Brennan

Stella Brennan

Stella Brennan

Stella Brennan

This immersive exhibition plays on Brennan’s ability to navigate the void between space and time. Taking us somewhere otherworldly with her video installations, Object Permanence will be worth the visit for its boundary-pushing and transcendental content.

5th August to 8th September at Trish Clark Gallery

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