Gig Reviews

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.

Guns N' Roses crank it up gallery video

Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash doing what they do best.

Guns N' Roses fans had no qualms letting their hair down, drenched or dry.

Vibeways 2017

New Zealand producer and vocalist K2K.

REVIEW: Who was the biggest star of the Laneway Festival? Well, maybe the park itself.

Sun shines on winery tour

Brooke Fraser was the headline act.

REVIEW: All-in-all, an enjoyable evening at the Bowl, and organisers say they are already looking to return in 2018.

Nick Cave lays hands on fans

Cave's voice is more beguiling, more mellifluous than any recording could prepare you for.

REVIEW: It's not church, but it sure feels like it, as Saint Nick brings his unique brand of righteous reckoning to Wellington.

Review: Sol3 Mio

Pene Pati's 2014 proposal proposes to his girlfriend Amina Edris.

Popera trio Sol3 Mio return to a happy hunting ground for their annual Christmas gig

Pretence and planets

Orchestra Wellington

REVIEW: Two new works were on show for Orchestra Wellington's final concert of the year.

Urban's raw talent takes centre stage

Whangarei-born, global country music star, Keith Urban.

From cowboy boots to plaid shirts, concert-goers donned their country best for a night of good music.

Hats off to Ben Harper

Ben Harper performing in Rio in 2013.

The old hits came out as an older, wiser Ben Harper showed Auckland he's still got it.

Fans go ape for Monkees

The Monkees duo Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork had the audience singing and dancing along during their concert in ...

REVIEW: Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork had a five-piece touring band to back them up, but they also had the entire audience singing along.

Xmas concert pitch perfect

Members of Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra prepare for their end-of- year performance.

REVIEW: The Christmas concert at Clarence St Theatre was a winner, Sam Edwards reckons.

Crowded House encore video

Crowds sit on the steps of Sydney Opera House waiting for Crowded House.

Twenty years to the day, the band New Zealand claims as its own relive one legendary concert.

Cantando Choir kicks off Xmas season

The Cantando Choir.

REVIEW: The weather was awful, but the evening delightful, Sam Edwards says.

Review: James

The James line-up, Tim Booth at centre.

Brit-indie survivors turn the Trump rage into an electric set at the Powerstation.

Ronan Keating spreads his charm

Ronan Keating performed at Auckland's Vector Arena.

REVIEW: Despite Ronan Keating's cringeworthy dad dancing, his fans were having the time of their lives at his concert.

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