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Dinosaur Jr. Announce Auckland Headline Show

Dinosaur Jr. Announce Auckland Headline Show

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 4th October, 2023 8:00AM

Arising from the mid-'80s US hardcore punk underground to melt brains with their own monumentally influential style of emotive distorted guitar shred, Dinosaur Jr. are making their mighty return to Aotearoa early next year. Co-founders J Mascis, Lou Barlow (Sebadoh) and Murph are playing an all-ages event at Auckland Town Hall on 2nd March, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their 1993 classic album Where You Been — the iconic zombie-like cover of which was proudly emblazoned on t-shirts everywhere during the '90s grunge era. Fun fact: they played in the same venue 28 years ago, when a girl from my high school (Birkenhead College) allegedly stage-dived from a perilously high balcony into the heaving masses below. Still releasing killer records together (their latest studio album Sweep It Into Space launched to high praise in 2021), don't miss Dinosaur Jr.'s only Aotearoa headline event of 2024, playing Where You Been "in its entirety followed by a set of songs spanning the band’s catalog" — brought to you by Frontier Touring...

Dinosaur Jr.
Saturday 2nd March - Auckland Town Hall, Auckland (licensed, all ages)

General public tickets on sale via

Here's the classic clip for 'Start Choppin' from Where You Been...

Here's Dinosaur Jr.'s anthem 'Get Me' from Where You Been...

Feel the sludgy power of 'Repulsion' from Dinosaur Jr.'s 1985 debut album Dinosaur...

Press release:

Frontier Touring are thrilled to welcome legendary US rock band Dinosaur Jr. as they make their return to Australia & New Zealand for a series of headline shows in February & March 2024.

Last in Australia in 2017, performing shows across the country, with a reputation as one of the formative influences on American alternative rock, Dinosaur Jr. - J Mascis (guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals), and Murph (drums) – are ready to bring the classics down under. With over 14 albums to date and more than 30 years performing live on stage as a band, Dinosaur Jr are bringing their best live set to date to Australia & New Zealand.

Recently releasing their latest live album Emptiness At The Sinclair, recorded at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dinosaur Jr. proved yet again their musicality and artistry only continues to soar with Post Trash claiming “all of it is high quality…the ferocity and devotion of a Dinosaur Jr live show is still there, and as usual, sometimes you cannot make out the difference whether it is a live rendition or a studio version.”

2023 marks a special year for the band. Celebrating 30 years since the release of their influential 1993 grunge album Where You Been, they headed on tour across the globe, including five upcoming sold-out headline shows at The Garage London as well as multiple sellout dates across the US. The band have also performed festival slots at Spain’s Primavera Weekender, Germany’s Rolling Stone Beach and Mempho Music Hall in Memphis this year.

With a live performance to remember and a sprawling discography of hits, don’t miss out on these highly-anticipated Dinosaur Jr. shows as they make their way across Australia and New Zealand next February & March.


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Dinosaur Jr.
Sat 2nd Mar 8:00pm
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland