Hot Tickets: 2019 Events You Need To Book Right Now

There's gigs, festivals and entertainment galore next year — make sure you don't miss out


Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Californian Grammy-nominated singer, rapper and producer Anderson .Paak is known for barely pausing for a breath when performing his funk-filled and RnB hits with band The Free Nationals. General admission tickets went in a hot second for his gig on Saturday January 12 at the Logan Campbell Centre, but there's still time to grab one on re-sale or seated admission. Visit

North West Wine, Beer and Food Festival

A trio of the country’s top talent, Gin Wigmore, Tami Neilson and Jed Parsons, will croon at The Hunting Lodge Winery in Waimauku next year on Saturday February 9. This one-day boutique festival is also a showcase for local vineyards, breweries and restaurants. Visit

Arctic Monkeys

While the latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, may have divided fans there's no doubt the British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys will play the old favourites and return with a spectacular arena show on Wednesday March 6 next year. Visit

Lily Allen

Pint-sized British singer Lily Allen will perform a huge set at Spark Arena in February for her local fans fresh from the release of her latest album No Shame on Saturday February 2. Visit

Marlon Williams at Villa Maria

In the dreamiest of summer music combinations, Marlon Williams will perform with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at Villa Maria Estate on Saturday February 16. Block out the date and don't miss pre-sales available through Ticketmaster November 5-6 and general sales at November 7. Visit

Pop-up Globe at Ellerslie Racecourse

The Pop-up Globe returns this summer with more "battles, blood and beauty" promised than before. Shows include The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Measure for Measure and the infamous Hamlet. The Shakespeare season kicks off in November and runs right through 'til April 2019. Visit

Auckland Arts Festival

Next year’s edition of the annual AAF sees one of the best programmes to date, with more than 40 events and 110 performances of theatre, dance, music and visual arts booked in for venues across the central city. The music line-up is particularly exciting and includes Baltimore duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally — aka Beach House at the Town Hall, dream pop collective Rhye in the popular Spiegeltent in Aotea Square, and the immersive show A Synthesized Universe, which features critically acclaimed musician Anthonie Tonnon delivering a 360-degree and multi-sensory performance in Stardome’s planetarium. Visit

An Evening with Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson will bring her brand-new stage show to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in January next year. Billed to be intimate and interactive, the evening will feature the beloved food writer’s treasured food stories, industry insights, and what she's eating and cooking now. The Auckland event takes place on the Friday January 22 at the Town Hall. Visit

Laneway Festival

British superstar Florence and The Machine will headline next year’s Laneway, which returns to the spacious and (thankfully) shade-filled Albert Park on Monday January 28. Other international acts include Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Jorja Smith and Billie Eilish, alongside locals Miss June, High Beams, and Dunedin’s The Dead C. Visit

Mumford & Sons

British folk band Mumford & Sons are heading our way for the first time since 2015 to perform a one-day festival-style show at The Outer Fields at Western Springs on Saturday January 12. They’ll be joined by special guests Leon Bridges, Sam Fender, Michael Kiwanuka and Angie McMahon. And what would a festie be without artisan food, local wine and beer served onsite? Visit

Shen Yun

Discover China's most beloved stories live on stage, with Shen Yun. The enchanting performance brings to life China's 5,000-year culture through traditional dance, dazzling costumes, and animated backdrops. The event will take place on Saturday March 2 at the ASB Theatre in Aotea Centre. Visit

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