Hip-hop artist Common has shifted his sole New Zealand show from Wellington to Auckland.

After last month's announcement the rapper would play his first headline show in the country at Wellington's TSB Arena, the concert has been moved to the Powerstation in Auckland.

Common was last in the country in 2014 when he played at the SoulFest Music Festival.

In addition to his music career, which includes over 10 album releases and multiple Grammy nominations, Common has also pursued a successful acting career, most recently starring in the 2014 black civil rights film Selma.


He also won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song for the track Glory, which he wrote and performed for the film with singer John Legend.

Supporting Common for his Auckland show will be Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli whose socially insightful lyrics and commentary have earned him praise over a number of years.

Those who purchased tickets for Common's Wellington show can receive a full refund from their point of purchase. All Wellington tickets are non-transferable to the Auckland show.

The show's date of Wednesday, May 11, will remain unchanged.

Tickets for the Auckland show will go on sale on Friday, April 22, at 9am.

- nzherald.co.nz