Auckland kicks off our gig guide, we‚Äôll take a look around the country‚Äôs main cities in the coming days.
First on the list and performing tonight is British poet, rapper and award winning writer, Kate Tempest, playing at the Kings Arms. Kate and her four piece band have spent the last eighteen months playing the major festivals and touring the world, winning over audiences wherever she goes, The Guardian have described her as ‚ÄúOne of the brightest British talents around‚ÄĚ. You don‚Äôt want to miss this one!
We hear there is still a few tickets available but get in quick.
Kate Tempest / Kings Arms / 15 January, 8pm
Tomorrow night queer rapper and producer from New York, Le1f is playing on K‚Äôrd. Having studied ballet and modern dance, Le1f is known for his unique and subversive style on stage. In 2013 he criticised Macklemore, saying it was not appropriate for him to exploit an LGBTI rights issue on his track ‚ÄėSame Love‚Äô for financial gain. Check him out at Neck of the Woods with support from openly trans local rapper LarzRanda
Le1f / Neck of the Woods, K‚Äôrd / 16 January, 8.30pm
Auckland Anniversary weekend is sure to be a hot one and Laneway Festival is bringing Aussie queer songstress Courtney Barnett over for your listening pleasure. She‚Äôs been called this generation's Bob Dylan, Pitchfork nailing her sound as building ‚Äúon the wordy irreverence of mid-‚Äô60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country‚ÄĚ, according to Rolling Stone her track Pedestrian At Best is the ‚ÄėBest Song of the Year So Far.‚Äô
Laneway Festival / Silo Park / 1 February
Openly lesbian reggae singer Diana King was a late-comer to the Ragamuffin Lineup, replacing anti-gay Beanie Man, but it‚Äôs better late than never. The singer shot to fame in the 1990‚Äôs - you may remember her hit song ‚ÄėShy Guy‚Äô and headlined the world‚Äôs largest lesbian event, the Dinah Shore, in 2013.
Raggamuffin Festival / Trusts Arena / 20 February
Announcing their first New Zealand show in thirteen years, Sleater Kinney are heading our way and playing one show at Auckland‚Äôs Powerstation. Hailed as ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs best rock band‚ÄĚ by Time Magazine‚Äôs Greil Marcus, Sleater Kinney were born out of the ‚Äô90s Pacific Northwest riot grrr scene.
Sleater Kinney / Powerstation / 29 February