Concerts and Theatre in Auckland – Spring 2020

The festival spirit is here in Auckland and there’s a whole lot of events coming up for you to let loose and enjoy, kick 2020 in the behind and join the party. Your favorite artists coming to town, watch them perform and make new memories with the beats along with your friends and family. We at attic backpackers took the liberty of putting together a list for you – yes, especially you! Take a look at some of the exciting events in theatre and concerts coming to Auckland.

The Show Must Go On

Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs from stage and screen. Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss.

The Shows Must Go On features a spectacular song list of your favourite toe-tapping numbers from the world’s greatest musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Catch the show on the 22nd and 23rd October at The SkyCity Theatre.

Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical

The supercalifragilistic musical MARY POPPINS is flying in to Auckland at the Civic this October from the 2nd to 17th

Brought to Auckland by the producers of the upcoming production of Les Misérables and previous theatrical triumphs such as Evita, Sister Act, Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins is the practically perfect nanny who helps us learn to take our medicine with a spoonful of sugar, find the silver lining in every situation, and realize that sometimes we should just use the winds of change to go fly a kite. Buy Tickets – 0800 111 999

Friends! The Musical Parody

So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The Musical Parody.

Friends! The Musical Parody will be there for you in 2020 as it tours New Zealand for the first time. I mean, isn’t that just kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck fantastic?

Catch them on the 6th of October 2020 at Aotea Centre. Now it’s your chance to be part of the next chapter in the Friends saga.  It’s the cliff hanger episode.  The one you don’t want to miss! Once you see it, Friends! The Musical Parody will make your day, your week, your month, or even your year!

Nice’n’Urlich, Aural Trash + Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson Live

Coming to you on 2nd October 2020 at the famous Spark Arena, featuring Nice’n’Urlich, Aural Trash, Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson, General Lee, Sin.

For one night only, Auckland’s Spark Arena will be transformed into a super club dedicated to the past couple of decades of Auckland’s electronic music scene. The opportunity to escape real life for a while and dance to the music that brought so many people together over the years and catch up with new and old friends who lived and loved through it all.

Performing on a massive audio and lighting production set up at Spark Arena, this is the opportunity to reconnect with friends of old over your long-lost love of electronic music in a party safe environment.

BreakOut 2020 ft The Upbeats, State of Mind, Lee Mvtthews

Brace your necks as Spark Arena becomes a playground and visual buffet for electronic dance lovers to feast upon this October 3rd. Kicking off from 6:30pm, some of the country’s finest electronic producers will be given the keys to one of the country’s filthiest production rigs to deliver a powerhouse display for the ages.

Brace your necks as Spark Arena becomes a playground and visual buffet for electronic dance lovers to feast upon this October. Kicking off from 6:30pm, some of the country’s finest electronic producers will be given the keys to one the country’s biggest production rigs to deliver a powerhouse display for the ages.

Sam Bartells – Lets Go Tour

New Zealand rock-country singer/songwriter Sam Bartells is ready to hit the road for three dates this October, taking in Whangarei on Friday 2nd October, before heading to Hamilton on Saturday 3rd October and finishing in Auckland on the following Friday 9th October at the Anthology Lounge.

LET’S GO is Sam Bartells debut EP, recorded in Nashville at Sound Kitchen Studios after a trip there last September set the wheels in motion for this talented rock-country artist. Fueled by fight, passion and purpose, his unique blend of alt-rock and country music is filled with grit and raw emotion, an authenticity captured by Dr Ford and now ready to be shared with arms open wide to a live audience.


Due to overwhelming demand, Auckland indie-pop phenomenon and rising global superstar BENEE has announced a second Spark Arena show in Auckland alongside a run of headline shows for New Zealand in October.

Benee will perform four headline shows across New Zealand starting at the Christchurch Town Hall on Friday, October 2 followed by performances in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland on October 1,2,3, 8, 9, 10 and 16, 17 respectively.


In October rock trio Gramsci will take to the stage to perform the new critically lauded album ‘INHERITANCE’ in its entirety on Friday 16th October at Auckland’s ASB Waterfront theatre.

The live show will be an immersive listening experience featuring curated audio-visual content for each of the album’s ten tracks, plus a selection of earlier Gramsci material. Buy Tickets – 0800 282 849

White Chapel Jak – Return of the Jak Tour – Tuning Fork

It’s time to celebrate the end of lockdown and the return of White Chapel Jak, who kick-off their “Return of the Jak – Here’s to us Nu Zuland!” live music tour this August to December 2020.

Coming to Auckland on the 17th October at The Tuning Fork. Known for putting an acoustic, funk-groove spin on upbeat songs everyone knows and loves, their 13-stop tour will include a number of North Island locations before the end of the year including Auckland, Rotorua, Mt Maunganui, Upper Hutt, Mangawhai, Coromandel, Napier, Leigh, Whangarei, and Warkworth.

Love is for the beautiful – Auckland Charity Gig

Plastic Groove in association with Lifeline Aotearoa present a fantastic line-up of Alternative Rock bands to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

On Saturday 17th October at Neck of The Woods, Auckland we have Animalhead, Skinny Hobos and Voodoo Bloo.

Rory McDonald from Voodoo Bloo wanted to raise awareness and funding for Lifeline and will achieve this by performing charity gigs.

Rory himself has suffered with mental illness and has found ways with his music to overcome so difficult periods in his life. Come along and support the cause and enjoy the show with your friends and family!

Elemental Nights – MAALA with Imugi

Unique to Elemental AKL, Elemental Nights is an exclusive curated concert series showcasing an impressive line-up of emerging and high-profile local artists.

Having Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe dub his first album, MAALA (Evan Sinton) returns with his latest project Water Overhead. Submerged in the world of Water Overhead, Evan prepares to share a body of work that feels personal, yet intrinsic and familiar to all who have grappled with the ebb and flow of human emotion, this new record is a tribute to healing the heart and mind.

Elemental AKL will see one of MAALA’S first live performances of this new project at Hopetoun Alpha, CBD Auckland on the 15th October.

Elemental Nights – Leisure

In a world preoccupied with instant gratification and overnight success, LEISURE is taking the scenic route. The five members formed in 2015 are all award-winning songwriters, producers and creatives in their own right. Following two album releases, 130+ million streams, a collaboration with Goldlink, and sold out dates throughout New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe, the outlook’s pretty fine.

2020’s Side A marks a new chapter in LEISURE’s journey. Their lyrics explore the nuances of romance and relationships, while their sound pulls from influences as broad as Japanese city pop to Bill Withers. Catch them on 17th October at Hopetoun Alpha, CBD Auckland.

Elemental Nights – OPOSSOM & King Sweeties

Bic Runga and Cass Basil (Tiny Ruins, Carnivorous Plant Society) have combined their considerable talents to form KING SWEETIES.

With Cass on bass and Bic on drums, King Sweeties songs are built off the duo’s bouncing rhythm section, cooking up a playful post-punk strut. Their first single ʼLetʼs Just Stay in Bed’, has made the top 20 list for the APRA Silver Scrolls song competition. It is off their forthcoming EP ‘We are the Bossesʼ.

Elemental AKL will be the first opportunity for audiences to see King Sweeties share this project live on the 20th October at Hopetoun Alpha, CBD Auckland.

Elemental Nights – Coup De Main

New Zealand’s leading pop-culture magazine, Coup De Main, is excited to present a special night of some of our favorite local artists – curated by CDM just for you! Headlined by acoustic pop darling Paige, with performances from rising acts Maxwell Young and Josie Moon.

Elemental Nights – Daffodils

Coming to Elemental AKL, rising indie stars DAFFODILS on the 22nd October. The Auckland four-piece stepped into the spotlight with the release of their 2017 debut single, “Two Angels”. 2018 saw the group release a trio of tracks and were signed by the UK’s Kartel Music Group.

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers Tour

After selling out Auckland’s Powerstation in just six days, Auckland’s indie faves The Beths announce a nationwide tour in support of their new record Jump Rope Gazers. The tour will see The Beths criss-cross New Zealand for 12 dates. Coming to Auckland at the Town hall on 6th November.

With the imminent release of Jump Rope Gazers, The Beths have been connecting with their global fan base via their popular “Live from House” livestreams, but it’s the New Zealand fans that get the first chance to hear the new album live and The Beths can’t wait to get on the road to visit cities they’ve played before and some brand new towns. Catch them in Auckland on the 6th November at the Auckland town hall.

The Rock 2000

The Biggest Music Event in the Universe has Landed, The Rock 2000! This year the stakes have been raised. Catch them live at Spark Arena on the 6th November.

Witness the business end of The Rock 2000 countdown before taking the party into the night with DevilskinVillainyRacing and Head Like A Hole (HLAH).

Plus, for the first time EVER, you can guarantee your spot at this previously invite-only event with tickets just $30! Tickets go on sale from 9am Monday 14 September.

Harry Styles – Love on Tour 2020

Live Nation presenting Harry Styles Australian and New Zealand arena shows for this November and December, following the earlier worldwide announcement of his extensive European and North American Love on Tour 2020. Heading to Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, these will be Harry’s first arena shows since his massive 2018 tour.

Tame Impala

Laneway Presents, Chugg Entertainment & Frontier Touring wish to advise that Tame Impala will be rescheduling the Australian and New Zealand leg of their upcoming tour to December 2020.

The shows, originally planned to be held in April, are no longer able to go ahead due to the current COVID-19 crisis and subsequent Government directives, limiting the size of public gatherings in both Australia and New Zealand.

Tame Impala’s December run will begin at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Saturday 5 December and continue through Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Buy Tickets – 0800111999

The National

Here are two chances that may never be repeated to see this magnificent band up close in an intimate theatre setting that will surely burn long into the memory. Every seat is a great seat, and now at eight albums deep The National are in an elite class amongst the very best bands of the world.

The National have established themselves as mainstays of arenas and festivals with sold-out performances and headlining slots around the world. The band have always included New Zealand in their touring schedule and have a deep affinity with the country and their fans here. The National is going to be performing at The Civic, CBD Auckland on the 7th and 8th December. Don’t miss out!

Come Together

Classic hits and deep cuts.

Three rock concerts. Three epic albums. Three amazing months!
New Zealand’s greatest rock musicians unite for an extraordinary series of concerts, performing Neil Young’s Live Rust, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms and The Beatles’ Abbey Road albums live.

Starting in October with Live Rust, then November with Brothers in Arms and finally, arguably the Beatles’ finest album, Abbey Road, audiences in Auckland will experience the next best thing to being in the studio with the legendary artists

Neil Young’s Live Rust – October 10th, KTK Theatre (Aotea centre) Auckland

Dire Straights Brothers in Arms – November 28th, The Civic, Auckland

The Beatles, Abbey Road – December 12th, The Civic, Auckland

This supergroup in various incarnations will perform these great albums live – track by track, back to back along with a selection of classic hits and deep cuts. With full scale production, sound and staging – Auckland, it’s time to rock out!

Tami Neilson – Brass, Strings, Sing!

This will be a spectacular night of Tami’s award-winning songbook accompanied by Soaring Orchestral Soul and all in the beautiful surrounds of The Civic on the 14th November 2020.
If you love music, you will love Tami. Don’t miss out!

The ABBA Show

Direct from Australia, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute show is back by popular demand after a sell-out mega NZ concert tour in 2018.

The ABBA Show is a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects, and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

Starring incredibly detailed performances from internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely fABBAulous, The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA, concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away! On 16th December at Aotea Square, don’t miss out!

Th’ Dudes- Th’ Bliss Tour

The Kiwi music icons will hit Auckland Town Hall this November.

Kiwi icons Th’ Dudes announce they’ll reunite for Th’ Bliss Tour, performing in Auckland in November 2020. The news comes just days ahead of the band receiving the Legacy Award and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Th’ Dudes are back in business! The Kiwi music icons will hit the road in November and December for 10 shows, performing for three nights at the Auckland Town Hall in November on the 19th, 20th and 26th at the Town Hall.

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

The worldwide sensation, Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is coming to The Civic for a night of dress-ups and song in a rousing homage to the iconic 1965 Julie Andrews classic movie.

This event has been rescheduled to Saturday 21 November 2020, 7pm at the Civic.

A hilarious host will lead the vocal warm up and guide audience members through their free fun packs. They will also crown the best costume winner before the screening of The Sound of Music with on-screen song lyrics so everyone can sing-a-long.

So, get those vocal chords warmed up and get to The Civic for this international smash-hit sensation and a jolly good time.

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