It's already been branded a "crazy" summer - and it's about to get even crazier.

The line-up of musical acts set to perform in Auckland over the coming months appears to be at a record high.

More than 60 shows are set to be held over the months of November, December, January and February - meaning there's the opportunity to attend one big gig every two days, on average.

The Foo Fighters perform with Weezer on February 3.
The Foo Fighters perform with Weezer on February 3.

And the list doesn't include March, which has shows by Bruno Mars, James Blunt and Fall Out Boy scheduled, as well as three shows by pop juggernaut Ed Sheeran.


It's so busy, promoter Brent Eccles recently called the summer period "crazy".

"It's probably the biggest summer we've had ever. And the [concerts] are all selling out so it's amazing," he said.

But the Herald understands it could get even busier, with more major concerts set to be announced in the coming weeks.

As it is, the four months of summer are rammed full of shows, with everyone from hip-hop head Drake to pop stars Harry Styles and Sia, folksters Fleet Foxes, and icon Paul McCartney set to visit.

Drake performs at Spark Arena on November 3 and 4. Photo/Getty
Drake performs at Spark Arena on November 3 and 4. Photo/Getty

There are so many shows, some are scheduled for the same night, like pop star Lorde, who has scheduled her Powerstation show on November 12 on the same night as visiting singer Khalid, who will play at Spark Arena.

On the day that McCartney visits, indie-rockers Future Islands perform at the Powerstation.

When Six60 play at Villa Maria Estate Winery on January 13, Vince Staples will perform at the Powerstation.

That's not all: the trend is set to continue, with shows by Lionel Richie, The Killers, Bryan Adams, Royal Blood, Niall Horan, Katy Perry and Pink confirmed for later in 2018.


Think you know all the names on their way here? Take a look at this list, get out your calendar and marker pen, and start making your picks now.

It's time to plan - and, possibly, take out a small bank loan.

The line-up (so far):
November 2: Bic Runga, The Civic
November 3 & 4: Drake, Spark Arena
November 11: GZA, The Studio
November 12: Khalid, Spark Arena
November 12, 14 & 15: Lorde, Powerstation
November 18: UB40, Trusts Arena
November 20: Ocean Colour Scene, Powerstation
November 20 & 21: Stevie Nicks & The Pretenders, Spark Arena
November 22: Take That, Auckland
November 22: Blackbear, The Studio
November 24: Eric Benet, The Studio
November 25: Feist, Powerstation
November 25: Shawn Mendes, Spark Arena
November 29: The Weeknd, Spark Arena
November 30: The Shins, Powerstation

December 1: J Cole, Spark Arena
December 1: Paul Kelly, The Civic
December 2: Aldous Harding, The Civic
December 2: Harry Styles, Spark Arena
December 5: Sia, Mt Smart Stadium
December 6: The Human League, Logan Campbell Centre
December 12 & 13: Alt-J, Auckland Town Hall
December 13: Fuel, The Studio
December 13 & 14: Yusuf - Cat Stevens, Spark Arena
December 14: The Original Wailers, Powerstation
December 15: Angus and Julia Stone, The Civic
December 16: Future Islands, The Powerstation
December 16: Paul McCartney, Auckland
December 23: Sol3 Mio, Villa Maria Winery, Auckland
December 26: Netsky, The Powerstation
December 31: Wondergarden, Silo Park

Mariah Carey performs at Spark Arena on February 1. Photo/Getty
Mariah Carey performs at Spark Arena on February 1. Photo/Getty


January 5:

Kaytranada, Powerstation

January 8:

Cigarettes After Sex, Powerstation

January 9:

SZA, Logan Campbell Centre

January 9:

Fleet Foxes, Auckland Town Hall

January 10:

DRAM, Powerstation

January 11:

The xx, Trusts Stadium

January 12:

Joey Bada$$, Powerstation

January 13:

Vince Staples, Powerstation

January 13:

Six60, Villa Maria Estate Winery

January 19:

Kelela, Auckland

January 20:

Fat Freddy's Drop, Villa Maria Estate Winery

January 24:

Roger Waters, Spark Arena

January 29:

Laneway, Albert Park Precinct

February 1: Mariah Carey, Spark Arena
February 2: The Stranglers, Auckland Town Hall
February 3: Weezer and Foo Fighters, Mt Smart Stadium
February 3: The Winery Tour, Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana
February 9: Macklemore, Spark Arena
February 14: Robbie Williams, Spark Arena
February 17 & 18: Queen & Adam Lambert, Spark Arena
February 19: Ben Folds, Powerstation
February 19: Rise Against, Logan Campbell Centre
February 20: David Duchovny, Powerstation
February 23-25: Splore, Tapapakanga Regional Park
February 25: The National, Villa Maria Estate Winery
February 27: Bruno Mars, Spark Arena