From concerts to comedy, here is everything to book now

As we tentatively return to a nostalgic sense of normality, the social agenda has started to fill up with concerts, shows and exhibitions once more. From indie-pop singers to hilarious comedians to immersive art, winter’s cultural offerings are making a serious case for embracing adventure.

British electronic music project Jungle is set to enamour crowds in the Auckland Town Hall this winter as part of the highly-anticipated Elemental Nights series, a musical splendour promising to put some much-needed pizazz back into our live music scene. Last year’s release from Jungle, Loving in Stereo, is possibly their most wonderful album to date, and it’s one that simply must be experienced live. For more information and tickets, click here.
Tuesday 26th July, Auckland Town Hall

Lovers of indie-pop will have something to swoon over, as Toronto-based singer-songwriter Renforshort brings her Splendour In The Grass Sideshow over the ditch this winter. Prepare to be stunned when she performs her reflective and snappy tracks, and take this opportunity to jump on the bandwagon of this up-and-coming artist before popularity comes calling. For more information and tickets, click here.
Saturday 30th July, Tuning Fork

Nigel Ng, Chris Rock, Jim Jeffries.

Nigel Ng: The Haiyaa World Tour
As a stand-up, Nigel Ng was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award for his sold-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, and has since performed sold out shows throughout the UK and Europe. Now the international comedian, content creator and viral superstar is ready to take on a New Zealand audience, with a set that will delight crowds everywhere. For more information and tickets, click here.
Sunday 12th – Monday 13th June, Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th August, Sky City Theatre

Chris Rock: Ego Death World Tour
Grammy- and Emmy-Award-winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock, has announced
his highly anticipated return to New Zealand with his Ego Death World Tour 2022, which will be Rock’s first in five years. Following ‘The Slap’, we’re all curious to see what’s in store. For more information and tickets, click here.
Sunday 7th August, Spark Arena, Auckland

Jim Jeffries: New Zealand Tour
Having sold out arenas worldwide — including iconic venues like Madison Square Garden — Jim Jefferies’ live shows have covered everything from politics to celebrities, gun control to religion, family and sex — his unapologetic approach to humour may make you hesitate, but we promise you’ll be in stitches by the end of the night. For more information and tickets, click here.
Saturday 9th July, Spark Arena, Auckland

Auckland Festival of Photography, Inside Dali.

Auckland Festival of Photography
In a city brimming with creative talent, our annual photography festival is something to be held in reverence. This year’s programme offers inspiration in the theme of ‘Disruption’, considering a world experiencing stress on its natural, ecological and environmental systems, and their impacts on the socio-economic and geopolitical world order. It asks: what is the photographer’s role in sharing it all? With a robust programme and exciting emerging talent, this year’s festival offers something for all. For more information and tickets, click here.
Thursday 2nd — Sunday 12th June, Various locations

Inside Dalí
Off the back of last year’s Van Gogh extravaganza, the recently-opened Inside Dali exhibition is predicted to garner just as much (if not more) popularity as its predecessor. Offering insight and immersion into Salvador Dali and his most important works, the exhibition puts the pioneer of surrealism on a huge scale and takes a chronological look at his life, the works that inspired him and the pieces we all know and love. This is art immersion at its most impressive, as visitors are invited to step into Dali’s world through projected digital imagery and soundscapes. Get lost in this innovative new method of art exploration or take the little ones along for an educational experience they won’t soon forget. Tickets are essential, for more information, click here.
Saturday 28th May — Thursday 30th June, Spark Arena, Auckland

Black Grace
About to embark on a highly-anticipated tour of the United States (in July and August), Black Grace dance company will bring its exquisite new programme back to New Zealand for a national tour kicking off in September.  Founding Artistic Director Neil Ieremia has pulled from his Samoan heritage to create fresh, dynamic works unlike anything audiences will have seen before, harnessing the inimitable talents of New Zealand’s finest contemporary and traditional Pacific dancers. Sure to sell-out, tickets for this inspiring, one-night-only showcase are on sale now. For more information and tickets, click here.
Auckland, 4th September, Wellington, 6th September, Christchurch, 10th September


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