Gardens Magic

The Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series is the flagship Summer City event.

A big group of people attending an outdoor concert.

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.



Gardens Magic 2018 programme (75KB PDF)

Gardens Magic 2018

Tuesday 9–Sunday 28 January
Botanic Garden Soundshell
Free entry

Concerts: 8pm–9.30pm
Light display: 9pm–10.30pm

Tuesday 9 January – Vincent Vega & The Hateful Eight
Tarantino-inspired surf, soul and rock ‘n’ roll classics from cult films – played with a vengeance by an eight-piece all-star band.

Wednesday 10 January – Lisa Crawley
Catchy tunes from this unique songwriter will charm everyone – from jazz lovers to indie fans.

Thursday 11 January – Benny’s Videos
A pop-rock spectacular laced with heartbreakingly beautiful melodies... sung by an angel.

Friday 12 January – Vegas Nights
Rat Pack-era banter and songs from the legendary crooners by New Zealand’s own fab three.

Saturday 13 January – Summer Showcase I
A taster of top talents – solo, duo, trio: charismatic loop artist Andy Gartrell, classical guitarist Rameka Tamaki, and more...

Sunday 14 January – RANEA
RANEA’s unique contemporary style of Māori jazz reggae with a band of Aotearoa’s finest musicians.

Monday 15 January – Rain day
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Tuesday 16 January – Battle-ska Galactica
Upbeat old school, new school, Aotearoan intergalatic ska.

Wednesday 17 January – Life in the Fast Lane
Get that “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and a “Heartache Tonight” from New Zealand’s top Eagles tribute band.

Thursday 18 January – Retrospect
Take a ride with these indie rockers – fresh outta school and kickin’ it!

Friday 19 January – Spike
Soaring vocals meet deep funk grooves – come shake your bones and soul.

Saturday 20 January – “Lucky Dip"
The worst kept secret of the summer is out! Lucky Dip acts announced: Chicago Smoke Shop (30 year reunion) and Julia Deans.

Sunday 21 January – Summer Showcase II
Matt Langley’s heartfelt album Winterdust, live with strings; acoustic songster Mitchell Kirk; and ethereal folk trio Ida Lune.

Monday 22 January – Rain day
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Tuesday 23 January – Raw Collective
Energetic hometown funk for all the family. Get down to Wellington’s favourite big bold band with brass.

Wednesday 24 January – Hobnail
A foot-stomping night of original songs and old favourites from these country-Celticfolk-rock long-time local legends.

Thursday 25 January – ONONO
A psychedelic pop rollercoaster of hypnotic hooks, euphoric peaks, and dance inducing grooves.

Friday 26 January – Summer Showcase III
Spellbinding raw soul from IRIS, rising star SHARN, Miller Yule’s beautiful blend of folkpop-rock, and Molly Mockingjay- one of Aotearoa's top 5 beatboxers. Plus a taste of Sunday's WIGSTOCK by Miss Polly Filla herself!

Saturday 27 January – Kids Magic in the Dell
Dance, Dance, Dance! From 11am to 1pm

Saturday 27 January – Laniakea and Matthew Pike's Musique Romantique
Space-rock out with this exotic orchestra – a cosmic mix of tablas, synths, samples, bass and beyond. Before we space out with Laniakea, we visit the world of Debussy and Verlaine, Pushkin and Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Hugo, with Matthew Pike's Musique Romantique.

Sunday 28 January – WIGSTOCK
Pollyfilla presents a DRAGztravaganza of peace, love, sparkles and wigs, with legends and future stars of Wellington’s drag whānau. We have an amazing prize for best dressed at WIGSTOCK - two adult tickets to the Coastella Music Festival (17 Feb, Paraparaumu). So get your wig on to wig out and win!  

Monday 29 January – Rain day
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