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Big Fan First Birthday Series Announced - WHO SHOT SCOTT, Molly Payton, Dai Henwood + More

Big Fan First Birthday Series Announced - WHO SHOT SCOTT, Molly Payton, Dai Henwood + More

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 17th October, 2023 11:11AM

Celebrating one year of being the new beating heart of Tāmaki Makaurau's suburban Morningside, BIG FAN have revealed a ripper lineup for their 1st birthday celebrations. Founded by Joel Little, Grammy Award winning producer of Lorde (and many more), BIG FAN has swiftly become established as a crucial community hub, all-ages live venue space (very handily located nearby the local train station) and world class recording studio — hosting over the past 12 months "more than 100 shows and events featuring nearly 300 artists."

Big Fan have assembled a knockout multi-night lineup for their first birthday bash, gifting us some much-needed laffs with an opening comedy showcase featuring Dai Henwood, Guy Williams, Liv McKenzie, Tim Batt and Hoani Hotene, a Friday night bill of rising stars Molly Payton, Judah Kelley, and Lucian Rice, an inclusive free studio open day on the Saturday, and a concluding party with 2022 SRN Awards number 1 artist WHO SHOT SCOTT, Fable, and CRYSTAL. Head along in November and congratulate all those involved with the multi-purpose not-for-profit music space for doing the important mahi in fostering emerging local talent. Here are the details...

"I couldn’t be prouder of our team and everything we’ve managed to achieve at BIG FAN in our first year, and I’m so excited to build on that success in the years to come. I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone in the community that has supported us and helped make this first year such a special one, we couldn’t have done it without you." 
— Joel Little, founder of BIG FAN

"It’s been an incredible first year for BIG FAN. We’ve welcomed people from across Aotearoa and around the globe, come to create, collaborate, learn, and perform in this space - whether it was for the very first time or for the thousandth time! These creatives, along with the fans who have come to enjoy live music, have come together to create this amazing community, here in the heart of Morningside. As we look forward to an exciting year ahead, we wanted to take the moment to mark this special milestone with some amazing local talent, as part of our birthday celebrations." — Savina Fountain, General Manager

Big Fan: First Birthday Series

Wednesday 8th November
COMEDY NIGHT featuring Dai Henwood, Guy Williams, Liv McKenzie, Tim Batt, Hoani Hotene

Friday 10th November
Molly Payton, Judah Kelley, Lucian Rice

Saturday 11th November (AM)
Studio Open Day (free & open to all)

Saturday 11th November (PM)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out dancefloor dynamo WHO SHOT SCOTT's latest clip 'BUGGIN'...

Watch Molly Payton's 2022 video for 'Handle'...

Press release:

Incorporating comedy, music and a public studio open day, really embodies what BIG FAN is all about. The series will showcase some of Aotearoa's finest established and upcoming artists and comedians, as well as continue to deliver opportunities for the public to check out their world-class recording facilities during the studio open day. The series will kick off with BIG FAN’s first ever comedy event, as they expand their offerings beyond just live music. Throughout the series, the team will be giving insights and background into the creation of BIG FAN, from first steps to the day they opened the doors, all the way to the celebration of their first birthday.

Since opening, BIG FAN has consistently hosted a diverse range of shows, studio sessions as well as initiatives that break down the barriers and help people fulfill their ambitions through music. The world-class recording studios have been used by over 550 creatives to write, experiment and record music - some for the very first time - and the venue has played host to more than 100 shows and events featuring nearly 300 artists - collectively involving almost 900 creatives performing on stage and drawing an impressive 8,500+ fans through the doors. As a multi-purpose not-for-profit music space, it has also successfully delivered four key programmes with 31 core participants and engaged a further 45 creatives. Inspiring both emerging and established artists, BIG FAN provides a safe space for people to hone their musical crafts through a number of workshops and seminars.


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Big Fan 1st Birthday: Molly Payton + Judah Kelley + Lucian Rice
Fri 10th Nov 8:00pm
Big Fan, Auckland
Big Fan 1st Birthday: Who Shot Scott + Fable + Crystal
Sat 11th Nov 8:00pm
Big Fan, Auckland