They were only just here as Taylor Swift's support act, but pop act Hot Chelle Rae will be returning to New Zealand in October for two headlining shows.

The American Music Award winners, known for the hits Tonight Tonight and Bleed, opened for Swift at her three sold out Vector Arena shows in March.

They're returning to the same venue, with young UK pop singer Cher Lloyd in tow, for a headlining show on October 20.

The quartet will also perform at Wellington's TSB Arena two days earlier on October 18.


Tickets for the shows go on sale on July 6. A pre-sale begins on June 28.

Meanwhile, acclaimed Australian blues guitarist Ash Grunwald is coming to New Zealand to perform five shows over five nights.

With Mihirangi opening for him, Grunwald will perform at Wellington's Bodega on August 1, New Plymouth's The Mayfair on August 2, Auckland's Kings Arms on August 3, Raglan's YOT Club on August 4 and the Leigh Sawmill Cafe on August 5.

Tickets go on sale on June 29 through

Hot Chelle Rae & Cher Lloyd
October 18: TSB Arena, Wellington
October 20: Vector Arena, Auckland

Ash Grunwald
August 1: Bodega, Wellington
August 2: The Mayfair, New Plymouth
August 3: Kings Arms, Auckland
August 4: YOT Club, Raglan
August 5: Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

- Herald online