Gig Reviews

Maiden bowl Christchurch over

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson wears an All Blacks jersey while performing at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on ...

Iron Maiden throw out the charm - and theatrics - for an eager Christchurch crowd.

NZSO concert one of beauty , intensity and poignance

Madeleine Pierard performed in the Anzac concert at the Michael Fowler Centre.

This remembrance of Anzac concert might not have been very long, and it might not have been very well attended.

Review: Judith Durham in Hamilton

Judith Durham, performed in Hamilton, at the Claudelands Events Centre.

REVIEW: Judith Durham, This will be our last goodbye, Though the carnival is over, I will love you til I die.

Review: NZSO performs Lilburn, Brahms and Beethoven

NZSO's new musical director and conductor Edo de Waart.

This concert was a continuation of Edo de Waart's calling card, a programme of standard works at the heart of the orchestral repertoire.

Celebrating the spirit of Bowie

Eddie Rayner for "Bowie: Waiting in the Sky"

REVIEW: A tribute to David Bowie. All the hits, or as many as two sets and an encore allowed.

A celebration for the faithful

The Stranglers have always loosely been pigeonholed as punk, but they see themselves as closer to pub rock.

REVIEW: The Stranglers - still putting entertainment and experimentation ahead of any notions of genre integrity.

A supremely stylish quartet

Christophe Rousset and his Les Talents Lyriques brought to life some exquisite music from the Versailles period.

REVIEW: Les Talents Lyriques shine, despite acoustic issues

Review: Hamilton City Brass

Hamilton City Brass delivered serious musicianship.

Modern brass moves beyond the the colliery band and into the sublime.

REVIEW: NZSO enters new era

Clarence Street Theatre in Hamilton.

REVIEW: NZSO Hamilton performance signals new era.

REVIEW: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Riverlea Theatre in Hamilton.

REVIEW: Director successfully leads young cast in this fantasy story.

Review: Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne wowed the faithful in Auckland.

Technical issues abound, but Californian folk-rocker's fans are delighted

Sol3 Mio's perfect "arrivederci"

Sol3 Mio, from left, Moses Mackay, Pene Pati, and Amitai Pati, proved once again why they have the potential to be the ...

Sol3 Mio deliver a powerful, emotional performance in their last concert before a self-imposed hiatus

Master class from Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shows off the acoustics at the new theatre to great effect.

Caine's classics concert lacks imagination

Uri Caine may have been better off playing on his own than collaborating with the New Zealand String Quartet, based on ...

REVIEW: Plenty of talent but little reimagination on show at Uri Caine concert

REVIEW: Performance transports audience into play

A scene from The Book of Everything.

REVIEW: A plethora of talented actors wow the audience into live theatre experience.

Boyish exuberance entertains

Operatic trio Sol3 Mio.

REVIEW: From humble beginnings, the boys from Sol3 Mio have a rare ability to entertain.

At 75, Jones has still got it

The gyrating may have had to wait until the encore, but Tom Jones still thrilled the crowd with his sex-laden baritone.

REVIEW: I must admit my mid 80s idea of Tom Jones lingers.

Delayed D'Angelo delivers short, but slick set

It was the sinewy funk workouts that stuck with the audience at D'Angelo's one-off concert in Wellington on Thursday night.

Cement-mixer of a venue leaves D'Angelo fans feeling in something of a funk

Quartet offers wonderful entertainment

A packed audience came knowing what to expect of The Modern Maori Quartet and they delivered it in spades.

REVIEW: The Modern Maori Quartet - a show of nostalgia, bad jokes, wonderful harmonies and a grab-bag assortment of tunes

NZ Festival review: Both Sides Now

Julia Deans.

Julia Deans (formerly of Fur Patrol) is an incredible singer.

NZ Festival review: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Dame Kiri is now over 70 years of age, and there have been 'farewell' concerts all over the world for some years now, but this tour through her home country must be nearly the last.

The Verlaines deliver primal energy

Two bands involved in The Dunedin Double EP - The Chills and The Verlaines - have performed in Wellington this week as ...

REVIEW: The Verlaines came, served and conquered.

Chills deliver a top gig

The Chills' strong songs transcended the stiffness of a lifeless venue.

REVIEW: Despite the venue, The Chills warmed up a crowd in the mood for nostalgia

Stevens offers sensory overload

Sufjan Stevens' show was elegiac, but somehow uplifting.

REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens' latest show offers a different kind of intensity

Sol3 Mio's stage selfie

Sol3 Mio take a selfie during their New Plymouth performance.

Opera stars Sol3 Mio were so delighted to return to The Bowl they took a photograph on stage with their audience as the backdrop.

Madonna gets NZ hot and dancing video

Madonna performs her Rebel Heart Tour at the Vector Arena in Auckland - her first concert in New Zealand.

REVIEW: Everything you heard, everything you've seen, everything you never expected.

Farewell mosh pit, hello selfies

Gordon Gano, left, and Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes perform during the Coachella Music Festival in 2013.

OPINION: Caught in the rip tide of a dancing audience with no lifeguard to save you.

Review: Sleater Kinney rock hard

TRAILBLAZER: Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney performs at Barnsdall Art Park as part of ArthurFest in 2005.

You librarian's favourite band is totally kick-ass.

Simply Red surprise

The return of Simply Red. The band is touring New Zealand in February and March.

Could Simply Red's Big Love show hold back the years?

Review: Good Mourning Mrs Brown

The brochures might tell you that the Mrs Brown's Boys stage show is based on the television series, but it's actually ...

She's on her way here - so what did the Aussies think of Mrs Brown live?

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