Queens of the Stone Age join Wellington rockfest

Wellington is set to be a smorgasbord of international music acts in March, with the announcement that king rockers Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails will play a double bill.

Queens of the Stone Age, which had a No 1 album in the United States last year, and Nine Inch Nails, will perform at the TSB Arena on March 20.

They will follow hit British dance and soul band Rudimental, which performs on March 5, and American hip-hop act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on March 12. Both acts are also at the arena.

Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails had earlier announced shows in Auckland and Christchurch.

Promoters Frontier Touring said ticket sales were so strong they decided to bring the bands to Wellington.

Queens of the Stone Age last played in Wellington on February 22, 2011 - the day of the big Christchurch earthquake - and they were due to play in that city two days later.

This time the band will perform in Christchurch on March 22. Frontman Josh Homme said that proceeds from the sale of band T-shirts from the tour would be donated to Christchurch.

"It really shakes you to the core when they are big like that," said Homme, who lives in earthquake-prone California.

"Sometimes knowing that someone cares makes a difference. It's not really that big of a deal, but it's something we can do that is simple, nice and lets someone know that other people care about them."

Tickets go on sale January 30.

Other international acts to play Wellington in March will include The Tiger Lillies, Neko Case, and Yo La Tengo as part of the New Zealand Festival, as well as Pokey LaFarge, Martha Davis and The Motels, Bill Haley Jr and The Comets and Billy Bragg.

Next month in Wellington, Okkervil River and Madeleine Peyroux will feature, while April boasts Mocheeba, Joss Stone and India.Arie, and Steve Earle and the Dukes.

The Dominion Post