When it comes to live music, it’s true what they say. You really do “have to be there”. Cure your sense of FOMO and enjoy some of the sweetest sounds around at Auckland’s finest live music venues. It's an awesome way to get out and support Kiwi musicians you love, as well as throwing your weight behind these awesome entertainment establishments. Plus, we'd love to know which is your fave. Share your love on their Localist listing? Rock on, Auckland!
Spark Arena reviewed by Helene R.
Vector Arena is definitely one of the city’s most popular big venues, with big names like Radiohead and Lady Gaga appearing on stage there to sold out crowds. A 12,000-seat arena for sports and entertainment events, it is conveniently located at Quay Park, super close to both public transport and Downtown Auckland’s central hub.
Cassette Nine reviewed by Simon M.
This little gem in the heart of the city always has decent tunes on. Different genre nights playing anything from acid house to indie rock. Great getaway from the mainstream.
Trust Arena reviewed by Rose B.
I have been here quite a few times for concerts and the sound quality is always really good. As it is a smaller stadium it has a more intimate feel and is great for getting up close to the bands coming through.
1885 Britomart reviewed by Asher W.
1885 Britomart plays host to some great live music events, including a new weekly night by the name of Music & People. The format is simple, each week a different local band will sit down and spin some yarns before playing a stripped back set. Later local djs and electronic artists will kick off an ‘after party of sorts’. This unique concept is coupled with great food and beverage specials. Defenitely worth a look.
The Powerstation reviewed by Ricci M.
I recently went to the Powerstation, where I have been going since I was a teenager. The best thing about the Powerstation is that wherever you stand you can see the act - even if you're a shorty! I also love that it's never oversold, even at a sold out gig. There are always plenty of spots to be found where you don't have to rub up against sweaty concert goers.
The Wine Cellar reviewed by Simon M.
Half way down the stairs of St Kevin's Arcade, walk into what looks like a dingy, graffitied bar and through to another room, and you walk into a hidden gem. Dimly lit, comfy couches, and live music by cool people in cool bands. This is my favourite bar in Auckland for a semi-quiet saturday night, vey relaxing, always good. Love it.
Galatos reviewed by SezNiederer
With lots of live acts coming through Auckland, Galatos is really upping their game! The refurbishments over the past few years have made it into a fantastic live venue. The bar staff are polite and quick and the door staff are friendly, which actually means a lot to me! I hate feeling harassed from the moment I get to a bar. These guys are really friendly and only get serious if they need to. Tickets are generally pretty affordable too. The little bar upstairs serves as a welcome breather from the large dance floor downstairs too.
The Kings Arms Tavern reviewed by Charlotte R.
The Kings Arms is my favourite live venue in Auckland. I've been to many a memorable gig here including The Kills, the legendary Dead Moon, Peaches, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Gossip as well as many incredible local bands. It has an intimate feel which no other bar or venue can replicate as well as rock n'roll heritage none can rival. The outdoor area can be a welcome respite from the madness but is also not too far from the action on stage. Viva la Kings Arms!
St James Theatre reviewed by Kylie B.
The St James Theatre and I have had a long and tawdry love affair and I'm glad that my favourite Auckland venue is finally back in business. There's a whole heap of awesome plans for the refurbished theatre and it's great for the city to have another live venue where artists, musicians, comedians and performers can ply their craft. I love the fact that nothing has been sacrificed in its rebuild and that every bit of history and nostalgia that's imbued within its walls remains. It's an exciting time and a fantastic venue that deserves every Aucklanders support.
Neck Of The Woods reviewed by Kylie B.
This is an amazing new live music venue in Auckland's K'Rd that has some of the best ambience, lighting, sound and toilets in the city right now. It's a wicked addition to the late-night music scene because this is a club that stays hopping right into the wee hours. Head here on a Friday or Saturday night and you'll be sure to find some of New Zealand's hottest musicians, artists and DJs performing their original tunes. We're so blessed to have Neck of the Woods open because it gives the iconic strip that is K'Rd a whole new dimension.