NZ Music Month

(Tapere Nui, & Atea Bar, Te Auaha)

DJs, bands, vocalists, album releases and more! Check out our lineup of events for NZ Music Month! 

NZMM bannerAotearoa’s iconic NZ Music Month | Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa kicks off on May 1st, celebrating great local music for all New Zealanders - in every place, for every age, and in every genre.
The month of May will see a host of celebrations, new releases, artist tours and special events happening across Aotearoa, and Te Auaha is getting amongst the action!

We've crammed the first two weeks of May choc-full of gigs, with an awesome mix of local legends and fresh new talent to keep your ears humming… Be there as Mo Etc kicks off their 'Oceanbed' tour, witness the megawatt talent of Matt Mulholland in the first live show he's done in ages, kick back with local singer-songwriters and discover your new lo-fi fave, and add your talents to the mix  by nabbing a slot at our open mic night. Check out the full line-up of events and get into Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa 2021 at Te Auaha!

Wednesday May 5 – Te Auaha Open Mic Night (7pm, Atea Bar)

Come have a jam and show us what you got! Show off your original songs, surprise us with covers of your favourite tunes, or slam in a backing track and take your vocals to the masses! The floor is open and the stage is ready for you!

Thursday May 6 – Singer/Songwriter Showcase (7pm, Atea Bar, Koha entry) 

If you're a singer/songwriter looking for a platform to share some of your own music, this night was made for you! Come hang out, support other local up-and-comers, grab a drink and be part of a community of inspiration and creativity in a relaxed atmosphere.  

Saturday 8 May – Ohokomo Productions Presents: Mo Etc. Oceanbed LIVE (8pm, Tapere Nui)

Let these indie, neo-soul and RnB vibes sweep you away! Celebrating the release of their debut album 'Oceanbed', Mo is coming to Te Auaha to present a one-night-only, sonic journey through love, loss and self-discovery. This is a ticketed event – head HERE to book.

Tuesday May 11 – Whitireia Music presents A Tribute to Kiwi Classics (7pm, Atea Bar)

Get a fresh take on some of Aotearoa's finest tunes! Students from every corner of Whitireia Music have come together to remind you why Kiwis of every generation have a soft spot for NZ music.

Tuesday 11 May - Saturday 15 May - The NZ Music Commission presents: Art of the Record (10am - 6pm Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm Sat, Te Auaha Gallery)

An exhibition of album artwork by NZ artists and musicians to celebrate the art of recorded music, coinciding with the 21st anniversary of NZ Music Month. 

Wednesday 12 May – Te Auaha Musical Theatre Presents: New Zealand Music (7pm, Atea Bar)

Get ready to vibe! Our legendary Musical Theatre students proudly present a showcase of kiwi bangers and their own original music specially selected for a cosy cabaret setting. Be there at seven sharp to knab a seat - these gigs pull crowds!

Thursday 13 May – Eljay Southern (7pm, Atea Bar, Koha entry)

Eljay Southern is a Wellington based singer/songwriter with roots in Neo Soul and Jazz. Performing with a tight four-piece band, Eljay's stunning voice and soulful tunes will make this a night to remember.

Friday 14 May –  Music & Makeovers (4pm-9pm, Atea Bar)

One of our most popular events is back! Te Auaha's groundbreaking DJ School joins forces with a slick team from barbery, cosmetology and hairdressing to create the only gig in town where you can get a glow-up AND a mash-up! 

Saturday 15 May – Matt Mulholland presents:  After You Grow  - LIVE (Doors Open 7pm, Tapere Nui)

Matt Mulholland's first full-length studio album 'After You Grow' is finally getting its live debut! Join Matt and an incredible lineup of musicians as they play through 'After You Grow' live, in full, for the very first time. Crossing genres, telling stories, and oversharing like a weirdo Matt promises great music, a healthy dose of laughter, maybe some tears, and good times all round. This is a ticketed event – head HERE to book.