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”
Roll up for a surprise Gardens Magical Mystery. All will be revealed on the night…

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 more...

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

Saturday 27 January – Laniakea
Space-rock out with this exotic orchestra – a cosmic mix of tablas, synths, samples, bass and beyond.

Sunday 28 January – WIGSTOCK
Pollyfilla presents a DRAGztravaganza of peace, love, sparkles and wigs, with legends and future stars of Wellington’s drag whānau. Get your wig on to wig out!

Monday 29 January – Rain day
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