Music in the Square

1 Dec - 4 Feb

Music in the Square

Free

Aotea Square

Family

Man about town, Matthew Crawley has crafted a collection of weird and wonderful DJs, live acts and curiosities, all for your listening pleasure.


Merk 
Friday 1 Dec, 5pm - 6pm
Homespun and fun alt-pop tunes from the winner of the "best debut" Taite Prize for his self-produced debut Swordfish, it's Merk! The ideal sounds of summer to kick off the programme.

K-Pop Showdown
Saturday 2 Dec, 3pm - 9pm
She’s danced with Beyoncé and Justin Bieber – and choreographed for BoA, Cosmic Girls and SF9. Now, Rina Chae and her crew are back with a wild, explosive night of chart-topping K-Pop hits.

Fortress Europe
Saturday 3 Dec, 2pm
A raucous, guitar-driven psychedelic take on the music traditions of the Balkans, Fortress Europe is an exploration of odd meters, serpentine scales and making a racket. Fortress Europe is currently also serving as the band in Silo’s production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Space Lady (USA) + Eyeliner 
Sunday 3 Dec, 3pm – 5pm
A former busker, renowned for her winged helmets and inimitable sound, The Space Lady plays a Casio keyboard and has an ethereal soprano voice! Supporting The Space Lady, is Eyeliner - a MIDI vaporwave project by Luke Rowell of synthpop outfit Disasteradio, influenced by New Age, advertising and library music.

DJ Dubhead 
Wednesday 6 Dec, 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Expect deep cuts and tasty morsels from the creative heyday of Jamaican music, with the legendary DJ and long-time host of 95bFM’s specialist roots-reggae radio show. 

DJ Kris McFang  
Thursday 7 Dec, 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Kris has a long-term relationship with music, from affairs with multiple bands, DJing at disreputable bars, and a long stint on Wellington's radioactive.fm. Kris’ selections traverse from the unknown and unpredictable, navigating a path through musical genres with little regard for boundaries.

DJ Sigrid 
Fri 8 Dec, 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Whether it’s a lost Egyptian disco gem or a wobbly synth jam released five minutes ago on Soundcloud, 95bFM’s wayward offspring has her finger on music’s secret pulse. 

Choirs in the Square
Friday 8 Dec, 6pm - 9.15pm
It’s the season for singing and we have put together a line-up of some of the best Auckland choirs. Including GALS Choir, Stimmung Choir, Sister Shout and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra Choir.

Retro Saturday
Saturday 9 Dec, 11am - 9pm
Dance your way back to yesteryear in Aotea Square with Retro Saturday! Bring your gingham tablecloth and enjoy an astro-turf picnic to the sassy sounds of DJ Tina Turntables and the 50s and 60s throwback party band The Rocking Roller-Coasters! Then, spend the evening with our ever-popular swing dancing gang Swing Out Central and music from the 20s, 30s and 40s, performed by 12-piece band Tuxedo Swing.

Street Talk
Sunday 10 Dec, 1pm – 6pm
Be blown away by some of the best underground talents from Auckland’s hip hop and urban arts scenes. Join us for a day of live graffiti, music, dance battles, workshops and more. Featuring NZ Bboys/Bgirls P’Def Band, PROJEKT Team, Auckland Krump Capital, 9-5ers, DJ Mercer, Kingfr33 and MC Hail. Join the Facebook event here.

DJs Kiran Dass + Gran’s Remedy 
Wednesday 13 Dec, 12pm - 3pm
Regular fixtures at the underground dive joint Goldies Tavern, these two vinyl-loving cats also adore cats. They sometimes play records at the wrong speed, but nobody ever notices.

DJ Uncle Barnie 
Thursday 14 Dec, 12pm - 3pm
Uncle Barnie has lugged crates full of electro-cumbia, calypso, funk, soul, and more from Berlin to Edinburgh, Ibiza to Barcelona, London to New York, and finally Aotea Square!

DJ Martyn Pepperell  
Friday 15 Dec, 12pm - 3pm
The freelance music journalist, DJ, and broadcaster from Wellington will be playing calypso, soca, Caribbean disco, and Japanese boogie for your listening pleasure.

Southern Cross Korean Performing Art Group
Saturday 16 Dec, 11am – 12pm
This Korean performance group has been enriching the cultural diversity of Auckland since 1977. Consisting of young Kiwi performers with Korean heritage, SKPAG covers a wide range of performance ranging from traditional Korean dance to modern musical and pop.

Stand Up Stand Out
Saturday 16 Dec, 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Prepare to be wowed by exceptional live performances, fresh from Auckland’s up-and-coming, young, music talent. Auckland Live Summer in the Square will be showcasing top, youth musicians, who recently took part in this year’s Stand Up Stand Out competition. Don’t miss the chance to catch these young stars in action, as they perform their own original music and new takes on well-known songs.

95bFM Kids Show with Lee Live in Aotea Square
Sunday 17 Dec, 7am – 10am
The iconic 95bFM Kids Show returns to Aotea Square for a special one-off live broadcast. Come down for breakfast and join Lee and a cast of his weird and wonderful friends for stories and songs live on the radio!

DJ Samuel Harmony 
Wednesday 10 Jan, 1pm - 5pm
Samuel Harmony AKA DJ Egyptian Cotton, will play all that’s good in boogie, disco, house, afro, modern soul, AOR, and much, much more. 

DJ em dash  
Thursday 11 Jan, 1pm - 5pm
Former RNZ Music host Emma Smith returns home with a collection of global dance jams, featuring selections from friends stuck in Australia’s asylum seeker detention.

Latin Fiesta Weekend
Friday 12 - Sunday 14 Jan
¡Vamos a la fiesta!  Get ready to party because we’re packing two stages with sizzling Latin music, dance and celebrations all weekend long. The food will be delectable and the outfits fabulous.

DJ Pennie Black “Goths at the Beach” 
Wednesday 17 Jan, 1pm - 5pm
Pennie Black, former programme director at 95bFM, now rock’n’roll music manager, DJ and party planner, introduces a healthy dose of good times, gloom and glam. 

Shenandoah Davis (USA) 
Thursday 18 Jan, 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Seattle-based singer-songwriter-pianist Shenandoah Davis has shared stages with Laura Marling, Martha Wainwright, Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius and many more. “Shenandoah Davis turns break-ups into pitch-perfect chamber pop, propelled by wise lyrics and her striking, classically-trained voice." - Pitchfork

Classical Weekend
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 Jan
This weekend we have the perfect symphony of musical talent, classic experiences and orchestral bliss. Come and be serenaded by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Young Achievers, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band and New Zealand Opera and so much more.  And no Auckland Live classical weekend would be complete without offering a sneak peek inside the Auckland Town Hall Organ.

Folk Week
Monday 22 - Thursday 25 Jan
Auckland Live is celebrating 45 years of the Auckland Folk Festival, right here in Aotea Square. On the main stage there will be performances by some of New Zealand’s finest folk musicians including Flip Grater, Fables, and Reb Fountain. During the week, Aotea Square will be home to New Zealand’s smallest music venue, Tiny Town, with surprise performances waiting inside.

Peter Baecker’s 80’s Dance Party (Austria) 
Friday 26 Jan, 6pm - 9pm
The silver-suited, metre-high mohawked 80’s dance instructor travels the world bringing Spandex and joy to anyone who needs a smile and a dance. 

Enenra - The Groove Sessions  
Saturday 27 Jan, 1pm - 5pm
A healthy blend of dub, jazz, funk, and soul grooves selected and mixed by Enenra, accompanied by bursts of live energy from guest musicians throughout the afternoon.

Afro Beats party
Saturday 27 Jan, 7pm – 10pm
The Afro Beats party at Aotea Square brings you DJ ORIKoL and her #JustGetDown dance floor entertainment platform, featuring Triplelan, the local King of Ndombolo and his band.

Yumi Zouma and K2K
Sunday 28 Jan, 2pm – 4pm (Anniversary Weekend)
The makers of dreamy disco and synth-pop come together from Paris, New York and Christchurch after supporting musical heavyweights Chet Faker and Lorde.

DJ Stinky Jim   
Wednesday 31 Jan, 12pm - 4pm
Stinky Jim is a DJ, broadcaster, music producer, journalist and label owner with the ethos ‘respect the unexpected’. Jim shares his far and wide evolving tastes.

DJ Murray Cammick  
Thursday 1 Feb, 12pm - 4pm
The founder of two major NZ record labels and one of the country’s most infamous record collectors will be flipping wax for your enjoyment all afternoon!

DJ Grantis 
Friday 2 Feb, 1:30pm - 5.15pm
DJ Grantis, aka Grant Apiata, is a DJ, hobby photographer, son, brother and lover of music, especially hip-hop, R’nB, and whatever else gets his head nodding.

SoccerPractise
Friday 2 Feb, 6pm - 7pm
SoccerPractise is a genre-bending multimedia musical and visual experience incorporating electronic beats, electric guitar, and a bilingual approach to English and Māori lyrics. A collaboration between four musical and visual artists with an eclectic array of tastes including punk, electronica, rock’n’roll, R’nB, grime and kapa haka.

DJ Linda T.
Saturday 3 Feb, 1.30pm - 6.30pm 
D.A.N.C.E. Art Club member Linda T. enjoys seeing people groove to local contemporary Māori and Pacific sounds, and jazz. 

DJ Gene Rivers  
Sunday 4 Feb, 12pm - 5pm
A veteran of PSC, Ostro, Racket Bar and Rakinos, this member of the Māori HiFi DJ collective will take you on an eclectic musical journey.

The Māori Sidesteps
Sunday 4 Feb, 6pm - 7.30pm
The Māori Sidesteps are a contemporary Māori showband, who put their own political spin on well-known songs, and entertain crowds with soulful harmonies and off-the-cuff comedy. Known for their popular self-titled web series and online entertainment, The Māori Sidesteps will provide an unmissable evening of nostalgia, that will have audiences singing along and laughing out loud at the same time.

Upcoming Performances

Free
Merk
Free
Space Lady (USA) + Eyeliner
Free
DJ Dubhead
Free
DJ Kris McFang
Free
DJ Sigrid
Free
Street Talk
Free
DJs Kiran Dass + Gran’s Remedy
Free
DJ Uncle Barnie
Free
DJ Martyn Pepperell
Free
Southern Cross Korean Performance Group
Free
Merk
Free
Space Lady (USA) + Eyeliner
Free
DJ Dubhead
Free
DJ Kris McFang
Free
DJ Sigrid
Free
Street Talk
Free
DJs Kiran Dass + Gran’s Remedy
Free
DJ Uncle Barnie
Free
DJ Martyn Pepperell
Free
Southern Cross Korean Performance Group
Free
DJ Samuel Harmony
Free
DJ em dash
Free
DJ Pennie Black “Goths at the Beach”
Free
Shenandoah Davis (USA)
Free
Peter Baecker’s 80’s Dance Party (Austria)
Free
Enenra - The Groove Sessions
Free
Afro Beats party
Free
Yumi Zouma and K2K
Free
DJ Stinky Jim
Free
DJ Samuel Harmony
Free
DJ em dash
Free
DJ Pennie Black “Goths at the Beach”
Free
Shenandoah Davis (USA)
Free
Peter Baecker’s 80’s Dance Party (Austria)
Free
Enenra - The Groove Sessions
Free
Afro Beats party
Free
Yumi Zouma and K2K
Free
DJ Stinky Jim
Free
DJ Murray Cammick
Free
DJ Grantis
Free
SoccerPractise
Free
DJ Linda T.
Free
DJ Gene Rivers
Free
DJ Murray Cammick
Free
DJ Grantis
Free
SoccerPractise
Free
DJ Linda T.
Free
DJ Gene Rivers