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The Ultimate Guide To Auckland City Limits

By Olivia Atkinson
7th Mar 2016

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Guuuys, March looks like it’s going to be a goodie! Events are happening left, right and centre, but there’s one festival we’re brimming with excitement over: Auckland City Limits

Inspired and in association with the famous Austin City Limits, this festie will be an epic day out for music, culture, food and art fans. The inaugural event kicks off at Western Spring on March 19th, where punters can boogie, rock and rave for 12-hours straight. 

We’ve already given you a sneak peak of what’s in store for festival-goers, however, there’s so much more you need to know about Auckland City Limits. 

Without further ado, here’s the haps…

Must-see Musicians 

The Auckland City Limit’s timetable is now in your hot little hands and no doubt you’re trying to suss out who to see and when. 40 acts will be doing their musical thang on 4 stages, but there are some that you definitely won’t want to miss. 

The Big ‘Uns 

Everyone who’s losing their shiz about Kendrick Lamar will be happy to hear that he’ll be closing Auckland City Limits with a 90-minute set, starting at 9.30pm. On the other main stage, Modest Mouse, will be on for an hour at 10pm. Before these two, Kiwi crew Shapeshifter will amp up the crowds at 9pm while American indie-rock band, The National, plays from 8:15-9:30pm. You’ll be able to get your Fat Freddy’s Drop fix at 7pm or if Cold War Kids is more your thing, they’ll be on one of the other stages at 7.15pm. 

The Locals 

You wouldn’t want to miss the awesome line-up of Kiwi artists, wouldn’t you? Some of the nation’s most-loved artists will be at Auckland City Limits. Catch The Naked & Famous at 6:00pm before heading to the V Energy Two stage to groove with The Phoenix Foundation. Broods, Ladyhawke and Che Fu & The Kratez will also be taking to the stage. 

The Internationals 

America is coming to Auckland for the arvo in the form of Shakey Graves, Grace Potter, Lord Huron, Highly Suspect and Houndsmouth. From across the ditch, Australian indie-rock dudes will have the crowd swooning.

Noms, Dranks & Markets 

All that partying is guaranteed to get the tummy rumbling. Thankfully, some of Auckland’s best restaurants will be there to cater to the masses. 

P.S. Auckland City Limits is a cashless festival so there will be no fumbling around with pin numbers or accidently losing a hundy. Instead, a pre-loaded wristband will let you spend ya moolah throughout the day. 

Auckland Eats

Whatever cuisine you’re into, there’s a high chance Auckland City Limits will be serving it up! Woodpecker Hill chef Che Barrington will the leading the charge of Auckland eats, bringing his BBQ pork buns, 14-hour beef brisket salad and an insane sounding ‘Action Bronson’ dessert made from chocolate mousse, lemon curd, pretzel praline, candied bacon floss and more. Other mouth-watering offerings include Mexico’s Taco “Al Pastor” pork should achiote, Cazador’s goat burger, The Fed’s famous poutine and Beirut’s fried squid. 

Festival Bars

The caged drinking pens are no more. Hurrah! However, the GA stadium and field bars will only be serving mid-strength bevvies so if you want something a bit stronger you’ll have to head to the Golden Dawn bar on the lakeside. 

Market Finds 

The Auckland City Limits Festival Market is a one-stop shop for all festival needs. There will be a range of vendors selling fashion, art, crafts, cool merch, and a bunch of other bits and bobs to make your day awesome. Sunblock, rain gear and any other last min essentials will also be available. 

Auckland Kiddie Limits

Don’t leave the little ones at home. Kids under 10 get in free and there will be plenty of activities to keep them busy and entertained. Situated in the village green space in MOTAT, Auckland Kiddie Limits will be a secure area for youngins’ to partake in hip-hop workshops, kids’ karaoke, try punk hairdos and temporary tats, plus loads more. A tailored line-up of acts and food vendors is sure to make their day a blast. 

Looking for other epic activites? Here’s 21 Things To Do In Auckland This March

Image credit: Austin City Limits

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