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Spotlight: Pride In The Square ft. Valkyrie, Jason Parker, VERCETTI + More

Spotlight: Pride In The Square ft. Valkyrie, Jason Parker, VERCETTI + More

Chris Cudby / Image: Valkyrie / Photo credit: Shae Sterling / Friday 17th February, 2023 11:44AM

Bringing together a selection of Aotearoa’s finest queer performers — including DJs, drag artists, waackers and live musicians — Pride In The Square is a free two day community celebration of "pride, summer, and performing arts," happening at Tāmaki Makaurau Aotea Square this February as part of the 2023 Auckland Pride Festival. Artists bringing the boogie back to the central city include rock / hip hop four-piece Valkyrie, dance-pop rising star Jason Parker (featured on Hybrid Rose's latest album HyperKunt), local tune-spinners VERCETTI, Sharon from Payroll, DIESEL and a whole lot more.

The inclusive all-ages extravaganza also features yum food and thirst quenching beverages from the Container in the Square Café and pop-up food trucks provided by Auckland Night Markets, plus there'll be a variety of documentaries and community chats for rainbow rangatahi and whānau to check out. Save the dates, sample releases by the aforementioned artists and scope out the lineup details revealed so far below — the organisers encourage you to "put on your best party ‘fit and we’ll see you there"...

Pride In The Square
Friday 24th February and Saturday 25th February - Aotea Square, Auckland
Featuring... Valkyrie, Jason Parker, VERCETTI, Sharon from Payroll, DIESEL + more (free, all ages, BYO alcohol is not permitted)

This event is part of the 2023 Auckland Pride Festival + Auckland Live Summer In The Square. See the full programmes at and

Watch Valkyrie's epic video for 'Lights Go Down' from their 2022 album Joyride...

Uplift your Friday with Jason Parker's recent single 'How To Be Lonely'...

Smash play on VERCETTI's >> SLEEP DEPRIVATION << mix...


Listen up to Sharon from Payroll's Fruit Blender mix...


Wrap your ears around DIESEL's HANGING GARDENS mix...


Press release:

Auckland Pride is back for 2023 and serving a whole lot of excitement and colour at Aotea Square!

Get that party ‘fit on, strut your stuff and join THE celebration of all celebrations right here in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Dance until you can’t feel your feet anymore, make new friends, celebrate yourself, and embrace all the queer joy at this bold and bright collision of pride, summer, and performing arts.


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