Gardens Magic

The iconic Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series is Wellington's flagship Summer City event.

A big group of people attending an outdoor concert.

Photo by Pete Monk

Gardens Magic 2019

From Tuesday 8 January to Sunday 27 January 2019.

Botanic Garden Soundshell
Free concerts: 8pm-9.30pm
Light display: 9pm-10.30pm



Gardens Magic 2019 - programme (123KB PDF)

Wellington’s iconic FREE concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest. Be early to grab a good picnic spot, and, as the sun sets, see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting and art installation by Kaynemaile. 

Come celebrate 40 years of Summer City and 150 years of our beautiful Botanic Garden.


Week one

Tuesday 8 January – ULTRASOUNZ
Turn back the clock for Summer City’s 40th birthday – and get your ‘80s glam groove on!

Wednesday 9 January –Mundi
Hypnotic rhythms and haunting melodies to dance you round the world.

Thursday 10 January – Anxiety Club
Feel-good indie anthems of heartache and despair.

Friday 11 January – Hans Pucket
Energetic eclectic guitar power-popsters. Support: Earth to Zena.

Saturday 12 January – Jane Siberry/Anthonie Tonnon
Fantastic other-worldly musical storytellers – Canadian icon Jane Siberry and New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon.

Sunday 13 January – Summer Showcase 1
A summer selection of top singers and songwriters – Helen Lomas, Peyton Morete, Liam Poole, Frances Leeds and more.

Week two

Monday 14 January – Rain day

Tuesday 15 January – Newtown Rocksteady
Move yourself to Welly’s favourite rocksteady reggae ska heavy hitters.

Wednesday 16 January – Tāwhiri Funk
Get down to the most funkadelic hip hop jazz soul sounds in town!

Thursday 17 January – Reb Fountain
Mountain-strong, feather-soft songs to charm your boots off. Support: Bill Hickman.

Friday 18 January – Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Orchestra
Jazz classics to celebrate 80+ years of making music. Swing dance the night away or sit and imbibe the vibe.

Saturday 19 January – Sam Manzanza & Afro Beat Band / Myele Manzanza & Friends
“Lucky Dip” act revealed! Fast-paced blend of hot and spicy African music, ska and Afrobeat.

Sunday 20 January – Awerangi: Mana Wāhine
Powerhouse vocals meets kapa haka, taonga pūoro and a nine-piece neo-soul band.

Week three

Monday 21 January – Rain day

Tuesday 22 January – Aotearoa All Stars
Boogie down to classic 1970s–2000s funk, reggae and disco through to new te reo Māori music.

Wednesday 23 January – Summer Showcase II
An ambient array of solos, duos and trios – A.U.R.A, CL-AUDIO, Kuki Koori and more.

Thursday 24 January – The Mean Bones
A shamanic, jazz-damaged double trombone attack on deep voodoo grooves.
Support: Uncle Silverback.

Friday 25 January – Orchestra Wellington Star Ensemble
Stars from Orchestra Wellington play a sunny mix of modern and traditional classics.

Saturday 26 January – Summer Showcase III
A global taster of solos, duos and trios – Matias Ceballos, CL-audio DUB, Sam Manzanza, Fernando Figueroa Trío Latino and more.

Sunday 27 January – Miho’s Jazz Orchestra
Afro-Cuban flute meets J-pop and irresistibly uplifting dance-happy grooves.

Monday 28 January – Rain day

Check our Facebook page for updates.

Thanks to MJF lighting and Kaynemaile