Meridian Gardens Magic

Local Legends and rising music stars will grace the Soundshell stage this summer, thanks to the support of Meridian Energy. Come early to get a good spot and, as the sun goes down, check out the lighting installations created by MJF Lighting and Massey University School of Design. #summercity

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The Meridian Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series is the iconic Summer City event. Wellington City Council showcases a wide variety of local legends and rising stars on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage. As the sun goes down, the surrounding gardens are transformed with a magical lighting installation. Eighteen nights perfect for a summer picnic with family or friends.

A special thanks goes out to our event sponsor Meridian Energy.

Meridian Gardens Magic programme

Tuesday 10 January to Sunday 29 January 2017
Concerts from 8pm to 9.30pm | Light display from 9pm to 10.30pm

Postponement days are on Mondays – check our Facebook page for on-the-day updates.

Date & performer Description
Tuesday 10 January
The Warratahs
Country rock fans of all ages will enjoy seeing this iconic band play in such a beautiful setting.
Wednesday 11 January
Shaun Preston
Piano-man Shaun Preston brings his famous white grand and special guests to the Soundshell for an energetic romp through the decades.
Thursday 12 January
Myele Manzanza
Expect a genre-bending experience rooted in jazz and African rhythm from this powerful drummer.
Friday 13 January
Albi and The Wolves
A folk/soul string band like no other, known for their dynamic and hilarious performances.
Saturday 14 January
Summer Showcase I
A taster of top talents – solos, duos, trios: Justin Firefly Clarke, LOST BiRD, Matt Herrett and Missie Moffat, Christina Cusiel and more…
Sunday 15 January
Jesse Sheehan
This London-based singer/songwriter has toured the world with Neil Finn. He’s home with his band to promote his debut album.
Monday 16 January
Rain day – now used for Myele Manzanza
Expect a genre-bending experience rooted in jazz and African rhythm from this powerful drummer
Tuesday 17 January
The Hard Core Troubadours
Hear some of Wellington’s finest and hardest working country/folk rock musicians join forces for a special night at the Soundshell.
Wednesday 18 January
Cotton Daisy Backstep
Take a trip to the Appalachians with this band of Kiwi hillbillies to hear pioneer songs and tub-thumping dance tunes.
Thursday 19 January
The Crimson Club
Throw on your best red frock for an evening with this experimental “bistro cabaret” band, whose influences range from Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson.
Friday 20 January
August Fields
Kick off the weekend with power pop tunes, solid grooves and soulful vocals from this high energy band.
Saturday 21 January
He Pō Taonga Pūoro: An Evening with Taonga Pūoro
Traditional Māori instruments evoke the past, present and future through a range of musical genres — from classical to electronica.
Monday 23 January
Idhayam
A vibrant collection of young musicians bring together Indian Carnatic and western genres in an exciting blend of musical flavours.
Tuesday 24 January
Nation
Their wide-ranging take on pop rock took this four-piece to finals of the 2016 Battle of the Bands.
Wednesday 25 January
Reuben Bradley Sextet: Sing, Sing, Sing
Get ready to swing, swing, swing to the best vocal jazz music from the ’20s to today, sung by Moira Jones, Katelin Little and Lauren Armstrong.
Thursday 26 January
Aroha String Quartet: China Impressions
One of the country’s finest chamber music ensembles presents a musical journey across China, from traditional folk tunes through to Tan Dun.
Friday 27 January
FLITE
FLITE uses Minimoog bass, Rhodes piano, guitar and psychedelic drumming to mash atmospheric funk with ethereal electro-pop.
Saturday 28 January
Summer Showcase II
Another smorgasbord of solos, duos, and trios: James Wilkinson, Nicole Andrews, Jhan Lindsay and Saali Marks, Baker/Craig/Yates and more…
Sunday 29 January
The Māori SideSteps
A homage to the Māori show bands of old, featuring Jamie McCaskill, Cohen Holloway, Rob Mokaraka, Jerome Leota and Erroll Anderson.
Monday 30 January
Rain day – check our Facebook page for updates