The theme for NZ Music Month is simple: Support local. Stream local. Follow local. Buy local.

Welcome to our final New Zealand Music Month newsletter! Despite challenges faced from Covid-19, this NZ Music Month has been jam-packed with events, promotions, interviews and more. This week has several exciting events in store, including some of the first live gigs in months, with Hollie Smith performing this Saturday at The Tuning Fork. It’s also NZ Music T-Shirt Day this Friday, so it’s time to dust off those band tees and raise some money for MusicHelpsLive.

This weekly newsletter showcases the great activity happening across Aotearoa over the next seven days, key links to check them out, as well as a special section with streaming playlists for your listening pleasure. Interview opportunities, key images and more information can be provided on request, so please do not hesitate to contact the 818 team.


  • The staff at the NZ Embassy in Colombia were asked about their favourite New Zealand songs for NZ Music Month. We love the results, check them out here!
  • Iconic rock band Blindspott have made history as the first Kiwi band to re-enter the NZ Music Charts at Number One, after the re-release of their iconic, debut multi-platinum, self-titled album, first released in 2002. Blindspott have also announced new dates for their nationwide tour, playing the album in full at venues across the country.
  • The Project have been fantastic supporters of NZ Music Month, featuring interviews with Drax Project, Benee, Harper Finn, Eleven7four, Paige and Mazbou Q, as well as highlighting the Save Our Venues campaign. They’re continuing to advocate for Kiwi music throughout the rest of the month, with an appearance from Jon Toogood on Wednesday to chat about NZ Music T-Shirt Day and how audiences can support the MusicHelpsLive appeal, aiding those in the music industry who have been affected by Covid-19.
  • To celebrate NZ Music Month, Vodafone are giving three lucky customers $2021 worth of Live Nation tickets, valid until the end of 2021! Think of it as a live music IOU. Customers can enter now through Vodafone Rewards.
  • Mai FM are backing NZ Music Month by presenting some of Aotearoa’s top talents to their audience, who have been performing from the comfort of their own homes. Check out Melodownz home-made music video shared exclusively with Mai here.
  • Stebbing Recording Studio have been posting a song from their catalogue every day in May – it’s an impressive history of NZ music. Have a listen here.
  • have published a feature on the Top Ten Aotearoa Film Soundtracks, featuring some of the best scores our local film industry has produced. Check out their picks here and keep cranking the local tunes during May.


  • Mai FM are keen to recognise some of the best in the biz and support local music with the Mai Backyard Beats 50 Countdown. Listeners can vote for their favourite Backyard Beats here and go in the draw to win $1000 cash. Keep Mai locked from 2pm on Sunday 31st May as the Mai Morning Crew count down the country’s top 50 songs, as voted by the listeners. The Mai Backyard Beats 50 – celebrating 20 years of NZ Music Month, all cheers to NZ On Air.
  • This weekend, award-winning Queenstown eco-tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours are hosting a pop-up music event amongst the trees as a unique contribution to NZ Music Month. Utilising their tree top decks as unique staging platforms, local musicians will perform while the audience journeys through the forest on ziplines, potentially making it the first event in Queenstown since the country moved into Level Two. Ziptrek recognises that both arts and tourism have taken huge hits and this event will combine the two to reinject the sectors.
  • Local musician and filmmaker Scott Kennedy has been selected to curate the music. “The response within the first 24 hours was really positive, with more than fifteen musicians enthusiastic to get up in the trees and play a show!”
  • The inaugural event TreehouseSessions will take place on Ziptrek Ecotours course near the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown this Saturday and Sunday, with tickets only $30 each. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting 0800 ZIPTREK /
  • Live Nation are leading the pack in bringing live events back to NZ in a socially distanced series titled “Together Again”. The series will feature a rotating billing of the country’s favourite acts to The Tuning Fork in Auckland, with Kiwi soul singer Hollie Smith the first musician to perform, taking the stage this Saturday. To keep the evening safe, Live Nation and The Tuning Fork are taking several precautionary measures, including temperature screening and contact tracing upon entry, as well as a limited capacity and increased contactless technologies. To find out more and purchase tickets, click here.
  • Neck of the Woods have been hosting live stream-a-thons each weekend in May to support the Boosted Save Our Venues campaign. Tune into their Facebook this weekend to catch Melodownz, Ruby Du (MC Silva), Opensouls, Concord Dawn and State of Mind. Keep an eye on their Facebook for any further details and announcements.
  • Raglan coffee spot Raglan Roast is stoked to announce ‘Raglan Roast Live’, bringing Kiwis some of the country’s top bands straight to their living rooms. Keep a look out for more announcements here. #raglanroastlive
  • E NOHO is proud to present 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi and breakthrough talent Arjuna Oakes, performing live on Facebook this Friday at 8pm in celebration of NZ Music Month. Featuring one of NZ’s biggest acts, and one of NZ’s top up and coming talents, blending genres from roots to soul and jazz, this livestream will surely be the jewel in the crown of a unique NZ Music Month which has brought digital performances to the fore. Get all the information here.
  • With an impressive resume of achievements over his storied career, including multiple VNZMA awards and frequent Silver Scroll nominations, Troy continues to push the boundaries of songwriting, juxtaposing themes from indigenous rights through to sci-fi psychedelia.
  • Also joining the line up is Arjuna Oakes, who recently released his debut EP ‘The Watcher’. Hailing from Auckland, but now based in Wellington, Arjuna’s electrifying live show at the likes of MEOW and San Fran has attracted critical acclaim, as has his latest single ‘Old School Heart’.
  • For the first time ever, the NZ Children’s Music Awards will be made available for kids all across the country to join in. Hosted by Suzy Cato, the awards will be presented by Kiwi kids and include giveaways, performances, music videos and special messages from our talented children’s music writers and performers. The Children’s Music Awards celebrate the storytellers, the rhymers, the singers and groovers who write and perform the songs that ignite a love for music in Kiwi kids.
  • Dress up for Fancy Friday alongside NZ’s favourite children’s musicians and watch on TV or stream live. TVNZ 2 +1 (Channel 7) will broadcast a 30 minute show of the awards on Friday at 3pm, and is also available to watch on their Facebook or on the RNZ Music Facebook. Check out the event information here.

APRA AMCOS NZ Best Children’s Song Finalists:
Kath Bee – Children’s Songwriter and Doug Stenhouse for I Love Life (feat. Joelle) Aro for Korimako written by Emily and Charles Looker Ben Sinclair and Jeremy Dillon for Tony the Tiny Pony

NZ On Air Music / NZ On Air Best Children’s Music Video Finalists:
Little Ripples for Read To Me video by Emily Benge Chris Sanders (Angel Star) for Tahi Tahi Tahi Ambulance Song Ben Sinclair and Jeremy Dillon for Tony the Tiny Pony, video by Ned Wenlock The Nukes for Worms, video by Parry Jones and Christian Tjandrawinata

Recorded Music NZ Best Children’s Music Artist Finalists:
Anika Moa
Captain Festus McBoyle
Chris Sanders

  • Bailey Wiley will join TVNZ Re: on their Instagram tomorrow to chat about NZ Music Month and how she kept creative throughout lockdown. Tune in at 12:30pm tomorrow over on their page.
  • Over the next few weeks, Grater Goods and 212 Music Group present ‘Spaced Out Sessions’ – an intimate, super-safe, spaced out concert at Grater Goods deli & wine bar, with numbers limited to just 30 guests. Doors open at 5pm and the show begins at 7pm, with the option of grabbing dinner prior to the show’s start. Their first show is tomorrow night with Ryan Fisherman, followed by Mousey on June 3rd and Swan Sisters on June 10th. Bookings are essential and can be made on their website.
  • Iconic Wellington venue San Fran are hosting a Facebook live stream this Thursday in partnership with San Fran will be showcasing some incredible Pōneke artists to celebrate reaching a milestone on their Boosted Save Our Venues campaign, and to help achieve their stretch goal. Luke Buda and Samuel Flynn Scott of The Phoenix Foundation, KITA, Lontalius, NameUL and Transistor will perform at this special online event.
  • Hallenstein Brothers have teamed up with NZ Music Month to bring you three iconic New Zealand band tees – Six60, Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Beths. All proceeds from the tees go to MusicHelpsLive and the artists. The trees are now available exclusively to Hallenstein Brothers online and in stores now. They’re limited edition with limited quantities, so run, don’t walk!
  • They have also featured over 30 talented local Kiwi artists across multiple genres on their Live in the Lounge Instagram throughout Music Month. This Saturday’s line up is being announced soon, so keep updated here.
  • NZ Music T-Shirt day is this Friday! It’s time to get your favourite Kiwi band tee out of the closet to show your support for Kiwi artists. This year’s NZ Music T-Shirt Day has been brought forward from November to raise money for those in the Kiwi music industry that have been affected by Covid-19. Click here for more information, including a list of artists who are selling merchandise.
  • Nationwide schools song-writing competition Hook, Line and Sing-a-long will end NZ Music Month with a nationwide play-a-long event, singing Sophie Browns winning song ‘We Are One’. The event starts at midday this Friday, with schools across the country getting involved.
  • This Saturday night, fans of Six60 can relive the magic experienced back in February by tuning in to watch their performance at Western Springs on TV1. Six60: Live at Western Springs will also give others the opportunity to see the gig for the first time.
  • Holiday Records 7” competition closes this Sunday at midnight! Kiwis can enter for a chance to become the first artist to have a 7” vinyl pressed in our country for over 30 years. The winner will also receive recording time and mixing at Roundhead Studios, vinyl mastering from Munki Studios and artwork and creative services from Sunday Best. Any last minute entries can be submitted here.


  • Award-winning Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo has put together a playlist of her favourite Kiwi tunes! Have a jam to it here.
  • Groove FM’s CoffeeBar Kid has put together a selection of choice Kiwi cuts to celebrate NZ Music Month. Check out the CoffeeBar Kid’s Mega Music Month Mashup here.
  • AIA have created this playlist of iconic New Zealand songs to celebrate NZ Music Month. Check out some of our incredible local talent in the playlist here, coming right from our own backyards.

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