The Live Music Series is back! Our exciting 2019 line-up features a hand-picked selection of local and International bands and artists by music curator Thomas Friggens. Head to our pop-up bar for an exclusive Arcade brew by Tuatara, grab some delicious hot food from Food For The People and relax on the grass as laid back afternoon sessions lead into vibrant night time sets.
Since 2011 the Live Music Series has developed a reputation amongst musicians and fans as an exciting opportunity to discover new sounds, try new ideas, and encounter some of the best from Wellington’s formidable music scene.
ADMISSION - TOTALLY FREE
Fully licensed event with POP-UP BAR and FOOD FOR THE PEOPLE
No BYO permitted
THURSDAY 21st FEBRUARY
Kicking off our exclusive opening night is the experimental synth-pop of Wellington-based Paper Ghost, followed by energetic indie band Hans Pucket, fresh from their packed concert for Gardens Magic. Audio-visual duo Kuki Koori (VJ artist Mick Finn with Iain Gordon of Fat Freddy's Drop) will be closing the evening with their 'Time Flies' show as they take us on a groovy journey into the night with relentless beats and a captivating projection performance.
FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY
We open the evening with the experimental alt-rock sounds of multi-instrumentalist musician Harris. Recently billed as one of Wellington's top five up-and-coming artists, Josie Moon will be performing electro-pop tunes from her latest EP 'Rose Tinted'. Closing Friday night we have the soulful vocals of Wellington-based Moira Jean and her band - get down early for a good spot on the grass!
SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
Indie-pop folk band Grawlixes open the afternoon music session, followed by the folk-inspired electronic music of Blaek. Wellington band Anxiety Club will take us into the evening with their alt-country feel good anthems, then the sounds of critically-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Lake South, fresh from his Canadian tour in 2018.
Closing our first Saturday night will be Same Name Confusion, playing tracks from their recently released debut EP 'In Theory'. Having quickly made a name for themselves as one of New Zealand's most exciting new bands, this is a show not to be missed.
SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY
This Sunday is all about words and lines. Local poet Freya Daly Sadgrove will be bringing her poems to The Performance Arcade for the first time, followed by gypsy jazz ensemble Black Spider Stomp. The Dry Waters Project will be close the day's music, with a multi-disciplinary performance developed by artists from New Zealand, USA, Cuba and Germany and presented by Goethe-Institut New Zealand and No Boundaries e.V. in Berlin/Germany.
THURSDAY 28th FEBRUARY
We kick off the second week of The Performance Arcade 2019 with an eclectic set of music by DJ Kedron. Next up are big riffs and big beats with Badababuska from bass extraordinaire Blain Fitzpatrick. Continuing with the big riffs, shoegaze bad Bad Friend hit us with some big sounds. We close the evening with a new project by Arcade regular Marika Pratley presenting 'Class war on the Dance floor'.
FRIDAY 1st MARCH
Come on down for some late afternoon music and a drink in the sunshine with the smooth voice of singer-songwriter Sonny Southon, recently back from overseas. Next up German artist Johanna Amelie will be performing for the first time in Wellington, presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut. Alt-pop group Girl Boss will be bringing us their first performance in the city for some time, before the amazing Dawn Diver play the closing set, with an aural assembly that traverses a Möbius strip of Future Soul, Avant Folk, and Afro Fusion.
SATURDAY 2nd MARCH
We begin with a second performance for the talented Johanna Amelie, followed by Christchurch based folk pop artist Monique Aiken who's voice is not to be missed. Michael James Keane presents a special performance of his recently released album The Cascade. The Onirists lead the evening programme with an explosion of rhythm and melody, led by the fantastic Lucien Johnson. Closing the night will be the wonderful modular sounds of Miles Avery.
SUNDAY 3rd MARCH
Local song writer St Bartholomew presents a new collection of songs. Then Tangerine bring middle eastern rhythms and instruments to The Arcade for the first time. M.I.A 3000 mixes future funk with tweaked tech infused bass that will make you bounce. PA2019 then closes with a screening of the 1930's film Häxan, accompanied by live music and narration, led by the wonderful Andrew Laking.