New year, new me vibes—and this new you better like epic events as Auckland has got some real bangers lined-up for January.
Start your 2020 the right way, by getting amongst all the fun that our fabulous city has to offer. January is literally the epitome of festival season, so expect plenty of festy fun in the sun with a few quirks in between.
So get out those 2020 diaries people and let’s get planning!
Here’s what is going on in Auckland this month.
Silo Cinema: Aladdin
We all love a Disney classic! If you’re wanting to kick-start your 2020 the right way, then head to Silo park for a night of delicious food, drinks and Aladdin under the stars. A musical fantasy that will transport you to a whole new world. Get there early to bag yourself a good spot and enjoy the free music. Don’t forget to bring something to sit on and a blanket—we all know how hormonal the Auckland weather can be.
2020 ASB Classic
Auckland’s summer social calendar isn’t complete without the ASB Classic—New Zealand’s premier tennis tournament. With some of the biggest names in international tennis set to take centre court, including the one and only Serena Williams—it’s one not to be missed! As well as kicking back and watching the game, you can indulge in the highest quality cuisine, made by some top notch chefs with Josh Emett’s ‘Hawker & Roll’, Michael Dearth’s ‘Baduzzi’ and newcomer to the local scene, ‘Lobster & Tap’, amongst others. Elevate your experience and head to the hub of all off court action, the poolside Moët & Chandon Ice Rocks Lounge which will be serving the one-of-a-kind Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé, the world's first champagne Rosé designed to be served over ice, delicious. Head along to the long lunch on the 11th at the lounge for an afternoon of suave sophistication. Also in attendence will be The Heineken Bar, Maison de L’Or Cafe and Patisserie, The Babich Wine Bar and The Schweppes 1783 Bar. Tennis, sunshine, good grub, flowing drink and live music—what more could you ask for?
His name has been plastered across every social media channel possible, he’s on the radio 24/7, he’s a YouTube sensation, he has the voice of an angel—that’s right, Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi is coming to New Zealand for the first time this month (cue screams). The girls love him, guys want to be him, he has quite literally stolen our hearts. The ‘Somebody You Loved’ singer will be taking over Auckland Town Hall at the start of Jan—we can’t think of a better way to kick-start your 2020.
Louis Theroux Without Limits
The king of documentaries, Louis Theroux, returns to Kiwi shores with a brand-new show: Louis Theroux Without Limits and we can’t contain our excitement. We’ve seen him face some pretty serious topics, from the scary truth of the opioid epidemic and the dark reality behind sex-trafficking, to religious extremes—Louis delves into these topics and shares his stories live at The Civic. Don’t miss out on seeing the legend face to face this month.
German electronic-pop duo Milky Chance are returning to New Zealand to showcase their brand new album Mind The Moon—if it’s anything like their past albums then it’s guaranteed to be a sick night. Known for their upbeat tracks and unique vocals, the quirky duo will be taking over Auckland Powerstation this month. Bring on the good vibes.
Shapeshifter + guests
Shapeshifter have been wowing audiences for over 20 years with their drum 'n' bass fan-favourite anthems and are now set to shake things up at Matakana country park. Joining the bill are The Upbeats and MC Tiki, Leisure, Mako Road and certified party-starters Sunshine Sound System. It’s going to be an absolute summer scorcher. So, what are you waiting for? Get amongst the fun and watch the guys work their magic.
Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival
Summer is now in full swing, and with that comes more beach days and more festivals. Why not combine both? Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival has answered your beachy fest prayers, by bringing a free summer festival to the beach—full of entertainment, food trucks and live music. Kick back, relax, take in the views and dig into some tasty fare—after all that’s what summer is all about, right?
Fat Freddy's Drop
If you’ve not managed to see Kiwi legends Fat Freddy’s Drop do their thang yet, now’s your chance—and it’s a chance worth taking, trust us. The dub, reggae seven piece are hitting the road this summer with their NZ Summer Record tour. This year gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some epic tour buddies— DJ David Rodigan, L.A.B, Avantdale Bowling Club, JessB, Chaii & Bailey Wiley. Wow, what a line-up. Western Springs is where it’s at this summer.
Just to reiterate, Western Springs is where it’s at this summer. Rock god Billy Idol will be tearing up Western Springs Stadium this month with his plethora of hit singles including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself” “Eyes Without A Face” and many more. Take a trip down memory lane and rock out with the music Icon to some of the best tracks of all time.
We all fell in love with Pop superstars Bastille way back in 2013 when their hit single ‘Flaws’ (of which they have none, may we add) took to the charts and ever since then they’ve been busting out new tracks left, right and centre. No complaints from us. The boys are back with a band to celebrate the release of their third album, Dooms Day. Spark Arena will be in no doubt packed with screaming fans as they play some golden oldies and some never heard before songs. We’ll see you there.
Movies in Parks: The Lion King
The sun is shining, the nights are light, so there is no excuse to be hidden away indoors watching Netflix. Get outdoors and watch a movie in the park instead, it’s way more fulfilling. Pack a picnic, or dig into the variety of food on offer and pull up a pew or should we say a beanbag and watch much-loved Disney classic The Lion King (the 2019 version) under the stars. Hakuna Matata!
Auckland International Buskers festival
An impressive line-up of international street performers will take to Auckland’s streets for four days of epic entertainment this month at Auckland International Buskers festival. Prepare to be wowed—think breakdancing, music, hula-hoops, fire stunts, acrobatics and more. Auckland’s streets come to life as eleven of the world’s best buskers, including a Kiwi, perform some class acts to keep you entertained over the long weekend—so there’s no excuse to miss a thing.
Exquisite Waiheke Pool Party
Did someone say pool party? Hell yes, count us in! Hold up, this isn't just any old pool party either, it’s on stunning Waiheke. WOW. Picture this—cruising to Waiheke, partying on a private resort minutes away from a golden sand beach, complete with pool, spa, minigolf course, bar and restaurant. Honestly you had us at golden sand beach. As if all that wasn’t enough, there will be DJs to keep you partying long into the night—in fact MONTELL2099 will take you on a 90 minute journey through sound, accompanied by a fire and light show. Seriously, it’s the party of all parties.
SeePort Festival 2020
We love our city of sails and what better way to show it just how much we love it than with a three day festival dedicated to Auckland’s beautiful waterfront. Returning for its seventh year of seaside fun, SeePort Festival will transform the wharf into a bustling summer festival. Think carnival rides, boat sailings, helicopter rides, delicious food, virtual-reality experiences, simulators, port tours and that’s not all. There will be music and entertainment on and off the water for you get involved in and even a live performance from Auckland Symphony Orchestra. All of this fun, whilst learning about the city’s rich maritime heritage, count us in!
Sonorous Festival 2020
Calling all house and techno fans. If you haven’t experienced the magic of Sonorous Festival yet, then 2020 is your year. An epic line-up of international and local talented artists will take over Matakana Country Park during Auckland Anniversary Weekend—which means you can party on a Sunday without the worries of Monday looming on you. Some of the best names in house and techno will be creating some interstellar sonic grooves for you to get amongst.
Laneway Festival New Zealand
Get out those glitter sticks as the hottest event of summer is back and it brings a serious line-up with it. Some of the world’s most critically-acclaimed acts will be joining in the fun at Laneway Festival, party it up with the likes of English pop rock band The 1975, Aussie alternative dance group RÜFÜS DU SOL and pop princess Charli XCX. That’s one hell of a party. This inner-city fest is a hub of excitement and should be on every Aucklander’s calendar.
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