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UTR 2023 Roundup + Festive Season Gig Picks

UTR 2023 Roundup + Festive Season Gig Picks

C.C. / Friday 22nd December, 2023 3:07PM

Time for the UTR editorial team to bounce from the office for a bit of festive fun. We'll be back in the saddle on 8th January [email advance promo info here] and the UTR ticketing crew will be manning the help desk [over here] during the summer break period. Immeasurable thanks to everybody who supported our humble award-winning independent site in 2023 — NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, Student Radio Network, all the artists, venues, event organisers and promotors, labels, advertisers, writers / interviewers / photographers / video makers / cartoonists, everyone who used our ticketing service, our official UTR supporters [see here to get involved] and of course the music-loving readers / gig-goers. Dive into our sunny season gig picks below and ask yourself the crucial question: what will 2K24 bring?

UTR's 2023 Favourite Music Moments

Listen To UTR's 2023 End Of Year Playlist



Sun 31st Dec: New Years' Eve Party - Plough & Feather, Kerikeri
Sun 7th Jan: Good Habits, Mishra - The Woodshed, Whangarei


Fri 22nd Dec: Swampgronk3: Is It Wronk 2 Gronk? - Auckland Old Folks Ass.
Fri 22nd Dec: Phys Ed Pres. DJ Assault - The Mothership [sold out]
Fri 22nd Dec: Bonhomie - Il Brutto
Fri 22nd Dec: Drags Not Dead - The Nightmare Before Queerness - Ding Dong Lounge
Sat 23rd Dec: Pit Hop - Ding Dong Lounge
Wed 27th Dec: Tami Neilson - Goldie Estate, Waiheke Island
Fri 29th Dec: End Of Year Annihilation Part 3 - Ding Dong Lounge
Sat 30th Dec: The Groove - Ft. Sola Rosa, DJ Philippa, DiCE_NZ + More! - Fantail & Turtle
Sat 30th Dec: Mr Doris (Ibiza) - New Years Eve, Eve! - Dr Rudi's Brewing Co
Sat 30th Dec: End Of Year Annihilation Part 4 - Ding Dong Lounge
Sun 31st Dec: End Of Days Party Rock - The New Year Annihilation - Ding Dong Lounge
Fri 5th Jan: Rancho Mirage, Jethro Clarke, James Fromont - The Wine Cellar
Fri 5th Jan: Smokin Daggers, Exit Sign - Whammy Backroom
Sat 6th Jan: Good Habits, Mishra - Kumeu Live (at Kumeu Arts), Kumeu
Sat 6th Jan: f(x) - Whammy Backroom
Sat 6th Jan: Speck Comics: Issue Four Release Party w/ K M T P, Cupid, Club Ruby - The Wine Cellar
Sun 7th Jan: Babe Rainbow - East St. Hall Mon 7th Jan: OFF! - Whammy Bar
Weds 10th Jan: Carnivorous Plant Society - Freida Margolis
Weds 10th Jan: SUO (NYC) - Whammy Bar
Thurs 11th Jan: False Heights, Bird Machine - The Wine Cellar
Thurs 11th Jan: Sam Bambery, Big Sur - Cupid Bar

Waikato / Coromandel Peninsula

Fri 22nd Dec: Cowboy Dan - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Sun 31st Dec: Eighties Forever New Year's Eve Party - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Wed 3rd Jan: Marmalade Skies - The Monkey House Theatre, Whitianga
Sat 6th Jan: Masaya - The Yard Cafe & Venue, Raglan
Sun 7th Jan: OFF! - The Yot Club, Raglan
Thurs 8th Jan: SUO (NYC) - Last Place, Hamilton 

Hawkes Bay / Bay Of Plenty

Sat 23rd Dec: Scarlett Eden - The Urban Winery, Napier
Sun 31st Dec: Temple Of The Grunge New Years Eve - Paisley Stage, Napier
Thurs 4th Jan: Soaked Oats, SUO (US) - Paisley Stage, Napier
Sat 6th Jan: Hell Patrol w/ Realthentic, Deadset, Dissonance - The Cabana, Napier
Thurs 11th Jan - Daffodils, Wiri Donna - Paisley Stage, Napier

Manawatū-Whanganui / Taranaki / Wairarapa

Thurs 4th Jan: My Baby - Butlers Reef, Ōakura


Fri 22nd Dec: Bad Taste, Will McClean, Chris CK - MOON
Sat 23rd Dec: Dear Antler, Mana Mushroom, Battle For Endor - Valhalla
Fri 5th Jan: Death Chemist - Valhalla
Sat 6th Jan: The Royal Variety Show 5 - Valhalla

Nelson-Tasman / Marlborough / West Coast

Thurs 28th Dec: Calla, Cecil Turbine - Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Thurs 28th Dec: Paul Ubana Jones - Donovan's Store, Fox Glacier
Sat 30th Dec: Crash Bandihoot, Brazilian Social Club - The Boathouse, Nelson
Sun 31st Dec: New Year's Eve 23 - Mussel Inn, Onekaka
Thurs 4th Jan: Koizilla, Dale Kerrigan - 18A Gallery, Nelson
Fri 5th Jan: Koizilla, Dale Kerrigan - Waterfront Bar and Grill, Blenheim


Fri 22nd Dec: You Should Be Dancing - Space Academy, Christchurch [sold out]
Sat 23rd Dec: Bad Llamas, The Snack, GIBSON XCVIII - Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Sat 23rd Dec: Loonatic Series: A Very Jed Parsons Christmas - The Loons, Lyttelton
Sat 23rd Dec: Space Academy Christmas - Space Academy, Christchurch
Weds 27th Dec: Santa's Bass Bash w/ Tom Cosm, Calla, Confusiohm, Cecil Turbine - The Loons, Lyttelton
Fri 29th Dec: '80s Bangers - Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Sat 30th Dec: New Years Eve Eve '24? - Lyttelton Coffee Company, Lyttelton
Sat 30th Dec: '90s Bangers - Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Mon 31st Dec: New Year's Eve - All The Bangers - Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Tues 2nd Jan: Jordan Luck Band - Tai Tapu Hotel, Christchurch
Sat 6th Jan: Obituary - The Loons, Lyttelton
Sat 6th Jan: Renee Maurice - St Martins Community Centre
Thurs 11th Jan: Rosina & The Weavers - Geraldine Cinema, Geraldine

Otago / Queenstown-Lakes District / Southland

Fri 22nd Dec: Rock Christmas Party w/ Your Face, Msg, Upon The Æther - Moons, Dunedin
Sat 23rd Dec: Kane and Violet - maggies, Dunedin
Thurs 28th Dec: Dillastrate - Rhyme x Reason Brewery, Wānaka
Fri 29th Dec: Julian Temple Band - Swan Room, Invercargill
Tues 2nd Jan: Revitalize Festival - Mangapiri Downs Organic Stud Farm (between Tuatapere and Manapouri and Otautau), Tuatapere
Weds 3rd Jan: Jordan Luck Band - Luggate Hotel, Wānaka
Weds 3rd Jan: Ballads To Blues '24 - Hanover Hall, Dunedin
Fri 5th Jan: Julian Temple Band - ZanziBar, Dunedin

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!


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