The Performance Arcade Music Series

The Performance Arcade is back, and music curator Thomas Friggens is pleased to present a line-up of over 30 bands and artists as part of the Live Music Series programme, a hand-picked selection of fresh tunes: from lazy afternoon sessions into buoyant evening sets.

This February-March, The Performance Arcade 2018 will showcase an innovative programme of free performance events and interactive experiences within a unique architecture of shipping containers on Wellington Waterfront.

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.

A pop-up bar provides exclusive Arcade brews from Tuatara and wine from Leftfield, while Food For the People cook up the best in hot foods using local ingredients. Sunshine hours will be cooled by our popular frozés, back from selling out in 2017.

For a sneak preview and picnic on the grass, come down over Sat 17 - Sun 18th Feb to listen to some DJ’s and check out an all-powerful live set from Heavy Chest who have just releasing their album Pre Heat.

An exclusive opening night programme (Thursday 22 Feb) launches the Arcade with synth songstress Edie and Wellington’s prolific DIY pop producer Alexa Casino. Alexa’s latest EP Cheer Up Try Hard Tear Up Cry Hard has been described as 90s rave remixed into ‘haunted dreamscapes dripping with pop RnB aspirations, and the rhythmic flourishes of trap rap and UK grime’.

The evening will close with an exciting premiere performance by Tyrone Mackintosh and his project Zackariah the Explorer. Tyrone will be using a Tesla Coil as part of his live sonic art performance, combining elements of electronica and dance with specially produced animations and graphic scores.

Wellington singer-songwriter Neil Macleod will be playing two intimate late afternoon performances. Known for his gracious composition and skillfully crafted vocals, Neil’s music has been compared to early acoustic Pink Floyd.

After releasing his seventh ep Sonder back in November, Neil has played a number of shows including a stripped back live set on Radio New Zealand as part of their Music at Night programme.

Week Two highlights include Pressure Cooker, the brainchild of Paekakiriki light and music collective Kuki Koori projecting light beams onto the shipping containers. Iain Gordon of Fat Freddy’s Drop, and artist Mick Finn will be cooking up a sonic and visual feast from scratch, with Iain and his electronic instruments laying down a trail of hypnotic notes to be chased my Mick’s swirling and ephemeral dashes of painted light.

The Performance Arcade would like to acknowledge the support of presenting partners Trustpower, funding partners Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council, and event partners Whitireia, Geeves Scaffolding Ltd, and Metro Production Services in supporting the Live Music Series 2018.

Full line up - visit our website for set times.

Feb:
Sat 17th - Preview weekend - Heavy Chest and more
Sun 18th - Preview weekend - Arcade DJ’s
Thur 22 - Gold Instrumental, Alexa Casino, EDIE, Zackariah the Explorer
Fri 23 - Gold Instrumental, Neil Macleod, Physical, Waterfalls, Shocking and Stunning
Sat 24th - Naow, Ariel, Finn, Gold Instrumental, Zero Cool, Melting Faces, Golden Awesome
Sun 25th - Hypnos, Ida Lune, Flo Wilson, This Is What You Need Right Now: A Night of Cabaret, hosted by John Jarboe of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret

March:
Thur 1 - Julian Baez, Gold Instrumental, Machine, Sea Mouse, Kuki Koori
Fri 2 - Nikau, Neil Macleod, Gold Instrumental, Motte, Machine, Sky Canvas, Radek Rudnicki
Sat 3 - Lorenzo, Uncle Silverback, Motte, Transistor, Gold Instrumental, Richard dada, Machine, Onono, Big Flip the Massive
Sun 4 - Yayne Duo, Gold Instrumental, Three Rays, Machine, Zackariah the Explorer

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