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ASB Gardens Magic Concert Series


Wed 26 Jan 2011, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Thu 27 Jan 2011, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 28 Jan 2011, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Sun 30 Jan 2011, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Wellington City Council’s free series of outdoor gigs kicks off again at the Botanic Garden’s Soundshell.

The City Council’s Community Events Manager, Rebecca Hardie, says she’s confident there’s something on the menu that everyone will like.

“As usual, there’s lots of soul and jazz, but we’ve got an increase in singer-songwriters and folk or country acts – definitely a sign of the times,” says Rebecca.

“Whatever you’re into, we’ve got a whole lot of sultry vocals, lap-slide guitar, brass and beats to keep you swaying, tapping or dancing your way through January.”

There’s a change to this year’s schedule – instead of putting on gigs for 21 consecutive nights, it was decided to reserve Mondays and Tuesdays in case any concerts are postponed due to bad weather.

“Last year, it was very disappointing for both bands and audiences alike when we had to cancel several events because of rain. Hopefully this way, we’ll avoid cancellations,” says Rebecca.

“We’re putting on double gigs at the weekends. That way we’re showcasing the same amount of acts as any other year.

“And if we don’t have to reschedule any gigs to a Monday or Tuesday, that’s your chance to head along to the Soundshell and explore the stunning lighting in a quieter setting.”

For the past 12 years, the area surrounding the Soundshell has been exquisitely lit by local lighting artist, Mike Farrand. It is now a staple part of the much-loved concert series.

Exact dates and times for gigs are available in Summer City brochures and also on the Council website,

Brochures can be found in stands around town and also at Council libraries, swimming pools and recreation centres.


- 12 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Thomas Oliver Band - Blues rock (cancelled due to injury and replaced by The Nudge - psychedelic blues and wailing vocals)
- 13 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Raashi Malik - soul/jazz fusion & Indian folk
- 14 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Poppy Dust - pop soul
- 15 Jan: 7 - 8pm Matiu Te Huki - soulful roots music
8 - 9.30pm X Ray Catz - rockabilly, rock and roll
- 16 Jan: 7 - 8pm Kali Kopae - soulful folk music
8 - 9.30pm Bella Kalolo & the Soul Symphony - soul
- 19 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Eva Prowse - country & folk
- 20 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Shaken not Stirred - soul, funk
- 21 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Newtown Rocksteady - classic rocksteady & reggae
- 22 Jan: 7 - 8pm ASB poetry hour presents - Sam Hunt - poetry
8 - 9.30pm The Good Words - soul, jazz, funk, rock & pop
- 23 Jan: 7 - 8pm ASB acoustic hour presents Jess Chambers - indie
8 - 9.30pm Rosy Tin Teacaddy - indie, folk & alt-country
- 26 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm Jessie James and the Outlaws - country, rock, folk
- 27 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm The Shogun Orchestra - afro-beat, calypso and jazz
- 28 Jan: 8 - 9.30pm KazaamBLAM - hip hop, rap, electronic
- 29 Jan: 7 - 8pm Oskar Herbig - American folk
8 - 9.30pm Zirigidum - samba, reggae, funk, rock
- 30 Jan: 7.30 - 8pm Wellington Pipe Band - Highland music with contemporary vibe
8 - 9.30pm Lisa Tomlins - jazz, soul, funk

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