Gig Reviews

Green Day kicks off punk weekend

American punk rock band Green Day took to the Auckland's Spark Arena stage, for the first of two New Zealand ...

REVIEW: After three decades, neither their anarchist spirit, nor their eyeliner, has faded.

Balzat star of Cellophonics

Cellist Matthias Balzat.

REVIEW: Sam Edwards says Cellophonics as good as any professional group.

Two Hearts, a thousand laughs

Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore's Two Hearts was one of the best comedy acts I had seen in a long time.

Review: Yes, they expect you to give back the light up wrist band, but don't let that put you off Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore's hilarious show.

How to do a festival

Lorde performs during the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Fyre Festival organisers should have taken a leaf out of New Orleans' book when they were making plans.

Pink(ish) Floyd

The Pink Floyd Experience certainly put on a show in New Plymouth.

A dazzling show - but how many actually saw it?

Briney launches out of the corner

Stand-up comic Alice Brine

REVIEW: New Zealand media's foremost feminist ballbuster is funny as.

The worst (festival) day of my life

I fantasied about this happening to me about 4000 times that day... she was one of the lucky ones...

OPINION: Fyre is not the first festival to put the fear of God into fans. I survived Soundwave 2010. No really, I did.

See inside the nightmare $17k festival

Inside the ill-fated Fyre Festival, more like a disaster zone than the luxe event revelers were promised.

OPINION: Fyre Festival promised luxury, beautiful people and awesome sounds. It turned out to be more like The Hunger Games.

Blondie and Cyndi Lauper pair up and don't slow down

Debbie Harry, left, sings as a guest during Cyndi Lauper's set during the Blondie/Cyndi Lauper concert at Horncastle Arena.

For those of us free falling through middle age, it was inspiring to see that at 71, Debbie Harry is still rocking new music.

Radiohead? Nope, radio silence

'Can you actually hear me now?,' singer and guitarist Thom Yorke asked while performing at Coachella.

Rock band forced off Coachella stage twice during highly anticipated appearance by technical issues.

Dixie Chicks fine without Trump's America

Dixie Chicks member, Natalie Maines, on stage during Saturday's concert.

REVIEW: They didn't need to say they were ashamed of their president at Mission Estate, it was implicit.

Affetto concert dazzles

The early music ensemble Affetto.

Sam Edwards reviews a concert of music from three centuries ago.

Nadia Reid stuns Chch crowd

Adorned with a flower crown, folk singer Nadia Reid played an intimate show at Christchurch's Blue Smoke bar.

Nadia Reid transfixed a Christchurch bar with ease while performing her new album.

Six60 still quintessentially Kiwi

FILE PHOTO: Matiu Walters went solo to open the show with a rendition of Special.

REVIEW: After Bieber and Adele, it just seemed all too relaxed. It was classic New Zealand.

Twenty One Pilots pull it out of hat

21 Pilots' Tyler Jospeh making magic happen live at Wellington's TSB Area..

REVIEW: Roll up, roll up for the greatest show on earth: two blokes, a drum kit and oodles of cinematic bombast.

Review: Adele stuns Auckland video

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10:  Adele performs at ANZ Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron ...

It wasn't so much a concert, but an experience - one etched in the mind forever.

Don delivers, Jewel shines during magical night

Don Henley entertained a near capacity crowd at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on Tuesday night.

REVIEW: Whether it was close harmony singing or a surprisingly effective rendition of Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Don Henley had the crowd enthralled.

Review: Never Adele moment video

Adele has a particulalry Aussie moment at her Melbourne show.

The singer pulled out all the stops in her last Aussie show show with bells, whistles and a whole lotta love.

Womad attracts thousands

Danielle Todd-Hinz, 11, and her parents Mike Todd and Lee-Anne Hinz have been to every festival since she was born.

The Specials, Marlon Williams and Tago have all kept the crowds at Womad entertained.

The haunted look in Bieber's eyes

Justin Bieber in concert at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

REVIEW: Bieber can't wait for this tour down under to end. His brain ticks over - two songs down, 19 to go.

A vocal bouquet in the Gardens

The reviewer's spirit is still singing after listening to the Hamilton Civic Choir.

Reviewer's spirit still singing after a performance by the Hamilton Civic Choir.

Business-like Pixies deliver the goods

Black Francis and the rest of The Pixies left their Christchurch fans more than satisfied on Thursday night.

REVIEW: The Pixies gave them what they wanted and they gave it to them with flair and power.

NZSO concert a truly festive occasion

Former concertmaster Wilma Smith joined the NZSO for their 70th celebrations at the Michael Fowler Centre on Monday night.

REVIEW: Monday's NZSO birthday concert might have looked back to its past, but it showed the orchestra at its current best.

A night to remember

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – on their first visit to "our hometown" – delivered exactly what the city ...

REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen gives Christchurch a musical memory to be cherished by those who were there.

B52s and Simple Minds serve up tasty 80s dish

Simple Minds brought their mix of 80s new wave and stadium filling anthems to Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on ...

REVIEW: The B52s are still in fine voice, while Simple Minds' anthems had the crowd singing along.

Simple Minds, B-52s vibrant

The Simple Minds all appeared to be enjoying themselves.

REVIEW: A Vector Arena double-header proves the seminal 80s bands have still got the form in 2017.

Review: James Taylor, live

James Taylor was last in New Zealand in 2010 where he played alongside Carole King at Vector Arena.

REVIEW: Young and old packed into Auckland's Vector Arena to hear to the magical voice of James Taylor.

GnR: A rocking good time

Sea of fans rocking at the concert.

REVIEW: Ageing rockstars maybe, but Guns N' Roses gave more than 50,000 Aucklanders a night to remember.

Born post-GN'R

Guns N' Roses lead singer Axel Rose plays to Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

Axl Rose would mumble something, the crowd cheer. Confused me would look at the dude dancing like a boss by himself.

Guns N' Roses 'touch and go'

Guns n Roses empty Wellington stadium about 6.15pm.

As torrential rain and strong winds whipped Wellington, the band's crew struggled to get the stage erected.

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