Aspiring musicians who are looking to take their music offshore will be excited to hear that with the countdown to the annual Going Global Music Summit is in full swing. Independent Music New Zealand have just announced the full details for the event, which is taking place at The Orange on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September.

The Going Global Music Summit is New Zealand’s premier showcase of new music featuring the best up-and-coming Kiwi artists, occurring alongside fascinating music industry seminars.

The Summit, which is a key fixture on the Kiwi music scene, takes place in central Auckland and provides musicians and industry professionals with the chance to perform to an audience of influential peers, discuss the latest trends in music, and learn from the best in the business. It also gives us, the humble music fan, a chance to get a taste of the best new musicians from all around the country.

The Performances

The Going Global Music Summit provides music fans with the opportunity to check out twelve emerging Kiwi artists across three venues and three stages:

MAYA PAYNE: Having topped the iTunes electronic charts and Spotify viral charts from New Zealand to Poland, with her track “If Only” in 2015, Maya Payne was then invited to support Charlie XCX in her New Zealand show before heading into the studio to work on her Debut EP, “The Lucky Ones”.

GARETH THOMAS: Former goodshirt member Gareth Thomas has the special ability to write timeless music that is instantly unique and engaging. His latest album, ‘Fizzy Milk’, is also one of the best local albums of the year. In July we checked out Gareth live at Whammy. You can read the review here.

TAMI NEILSON: With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.”

SHAKES: A throwback to when garage bands used to actually make music for fun, Shakes‘ brand of beat-era bass lines, fuzzy guitars and classic rock’n’roll drums is effortlessly cool and carefree. With a sound that fluctuates between all-out rock, to hazy and eccentric indie-pop, Shakes have drawn comparisons with The Black Keys, Weezer, The Strokes and Kurt Vile.

ANNA CODDINGTON: One of NZ’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Anna Coddington is known for her enchanting live performances and for her songwriting prowess which has seen her in the prestigious Silver Scroll songwriting award Top 20 list four times.

OPENSIDE: Openside’s debut “Worth It” crashed onto the airwaves in May with a barrage of high energy hooks and subversive lyrical smarts. The track from the Auckland-based pop punkers has led to them being talked about as the freshest local band debut of the year. Read our two-part interview with vocalist Possum Plows here.

YUKON ERA: Yukon Era are a four-piece garage punk band from Auckland. They released their debut EP in February which caught the attention of 95bFm, Vice’s Noisey, Tone Deaf, and more. They’ve also supported acts like Mac Demarco, Viet Cong, METZ and Mini Mansions.

DECADES: Decades are a Christchurch-based outfit who create rock music with pop sensibilities – aggressive and delicate. Their live shows are captivating and anchored by the bands passionate and aggressive performances.


BAILEY WILEY ft. YOKO-ZUNA: Bailey Wiley has seen her reputation grow over the last year or so, racking up an impressive amount of live performances, and sharing the stage with some of NZ’s best musical talent. Bailey is one of the few artists in NZ whose mesmerising live shows wins over countless new fans with each outing.

BAKERS EDDY: Over the last few years, Wellington-based Bakers Eddy have built on their talent and dedication, establishing themselves as one of the most in-demand young rock bands from the capital.

GROENI: Groeni are a three-piece electronica outfit from Wellington, with a sound that has been described as “icily repressed and thoroughly stylish”.

SACHI: Auckland-based beat-makers SACHI (Nick Chrisp and Will Thomas) are making waves in the EDM scene, picking up co-signs from the likes of Diplo, Zane Lowe, Vince Stapes along with major international and local support from Complex, BBC Radio 1, Beats1, Triple-J, HillyDilly, Fashion Quarterly, SNIFFERS, George FM, ZM, and The Edge. SACHI are fresh and already making a dent.


Saturday 3rd September

Doors open 6.30pm

Tickets: $20.00 (or free entry with your Going Global Weekend Pass)


The Seminars 

Leading the list of newly announced Australian speakers is Maggie Collins – a festival programmer, artist manager and radio broadcaster. The co-programmer for BIGSOUND in Brisbane, she also manages multi-ARIA Award winning party-thrash duo DZ Deathrays. Wearing her radio hat Maggie was Music Director at 4ZZZ before transitioning to triple j where she was a presenter for 6 years and is now presenting and producing for various shows across the triple j network.

Matty Newton from Pandora will also be speaking at the Summit. He has worn many hats within the music industry from a radio DJ to a live theatre performer, social media manger to music programmer – making his experience perfect for his current position as the Pandora Music Editor for Australia / New Zealand.

They join the impressive list of speakers for Going Global which includes:

Ronan Mason, CEO of MuzeRoom; Henry Compton, Director of Australia & New Zealand business for The Orchard; Ami Holified, manager of Ulcerate; Anji Sami from She’s So Rad and The Sami Sisters; Anthony Healey, Director NZ Operations for APRA AMCOS; Ayisha Jaffer from Greater Than Propaganda; Ben Lawson from Red Bull Studios; presenter Charlotte Ryan; Frances Moore from Native Tongue Music Publishing; songwriter and composer Grayson Gilmour; Katie Macrae from Chicks That Scream and Mystery Girl Presents; Matthew Davis from Flying Nun/Flying Out; Paul Martin from Devilskin and The Axe Attack; Paul McKessar from Auckland City Limits & CRS Management.

You can check out the 2016 seminar programme here.

GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2016 is proudly brought to you by
Independent Music New Zealand in partnership with the NZ Music Commission
and is supported by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, NZ On Air and a Recorded Music NZ Music Grant.

More information is available at:

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Shawn Moodie
Managing Director & Entertainment Editor

Shawn has pretty diverse interests and enjoys writing on about whatever happens to take his fancy at the time. A seasoned entertainment reviewer and interviewer, Shawn has also seen every band on his 'Musicians to see before I die' list.

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