Gig Reviews

Fave sounds of summer

ROD STEWART AT MISSION ESTATE: "The times you remember best are those shared with good friends."

Iit's gig season, so we asked some famous Kiwis for memories of their best-ever gigs.

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Katy Perry

REVIEW: Katy Perry manages to be sweet without being sickly, suggestive without being lewd, and kooky without being crazy.

Reggae relocation no problem

The crowd gets in to US band Cyprus Hill at Ragamuffin 2014 in West Auckland.

Raggamuffin's new locale in Auckland delivered, with its big acts and relaxed atmosphere.

Upscale debut for PM's son

TROSKEY: Joshua Troskie and John Key's son Max (right) performed live for the first time at Auckland's 1885 bar.

If you want proof that there’s a wealth gap in New Zealand go along to a Troskey gig.

Rolling Stones start 'em up gallery

ALL RIGHT? Mick Jagger rocks Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.

"The best rock and roll band in the world" hit Auckland last night. And didn't disappoint.

Not even elbow room left

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The crowd at Elbow's sold-out concert was in raptures even before the first note was stuck.

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Lorde Auckland

Walking tall, exuding confidence and grinning uncontrollably - what a difference a year makes.

Film-makers laugh off fear

COMEDY WITH SOME BITE: Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s hit horror-comedy What We Do in the Shadows.

The Kiwi godfathers of horror tell why we laugh at things we shouldn't - and make the rest of the world do it, too.

Fans see a diamond in the flesh gallery

THEATRICAL APPROACH: When she performs, Lorde gets inside the music, her body feeling each note and carefully crafted sentence as she swats imaginary bees around her.

The teen queen of pop launches her first headlining tour of NZ with a bang at Horncastle Arena.

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MOS DEF: Yasiin Bey was his usual charming and politically-charged self at yesterday's Soulfest

Apart from needing to iron out a few foibles, Soulfest is likely to grow in popularity if it comes back next year and continues to front such an incredible line-up.

Smooth, velvet funk

SMOOTH-AS: Aloe Blacc is in New Zealand touring.

REVIEW: Aloe Blacc's spine-tingling sound makes you appreciate the art of good music.

Just turning up doesn't cut it


Rondriguez's was stronger than last year's for many reasons, but it's sad to see he's not delivering a $100-value show.

Crowd loves Rodriguez


Rodriguez Auckland performance wasn't rave-worthy, but the man is still the legend fans hoped for.

Review: Justin Timberlake


He's been bringing sexy back since 2006, and last night was no exception.

Review: Bob Dylan in Christchurch


The appreciation of a live performance depends on how it meets your expectations.

Boyce Avenue charm Auckland


US band of brothers Boyce Avenue make teenagers swoon at Auckland's Powerstation.

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