Review and Photography by Ashlee Grigg

A night of rock was kicked into gear by Gisborne band Sit Down in Front who were chosen to open the show through a Smokefree Rock Quest competition. The young punk band thrilled the crowd with their cheekily titled songs and it was easy to see why they were chosen to get things going!

Sit Down in Front

Dead Favours took the stage next and played an intense set which included cuts from their new album and stopped a few times to remind the crowd that Villainy was up soon! The boys in Dead Favours even treated us to a cover of Queens of the Stone Age track Feel Good Hit of The Summer which really got things moving!

Dead Favours

Then of course, came the main act. Villainy hadn’t played a headline show in Auckland for quite some time so there was a feeling of homecoming in the air when they took the stage. The setlist began with Raised in the Dark, the title track of their latest album. 

The band started off full of energy and didn’t let that energy drop for the entire 18 song setlist; the crowd giving that same energy right back.

The set was a nice mixture of songs from all three of their albums. There were some old-school songs, which are crowd favourites like Alligator Skin, Ammunition and Gather Yourselves from their debut album and hard-hitters from their second album like Syria and No Future. 


Villainy made the Powerstation feel like an arena concert, with their signature white VILLAINY beach balls and confetti cannons covering the crowd. As the middle of Tiny Little Island rung out lead singer, Neill Fraser, was surfing on the crowd amount an inflatable pool toy; with balls of steel.

This was victorious night for Villainy, who seemed extremely humbled by the amount of screaming fans that were packed into the iconic venue. Safe Passage was the final song of the night and the crowd left happy and extremely sweaty!

An incredible night to finish off Villainy’s headline tour of New Zealand!

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