Adored for their shimmering songwriting and evocative alt-rock style which defined the indie-emo genre of the early 2000s, Washington band Death Cab for Cutie will return to New Zealand in March, playing an exclusive show at Auckland Arts Festival.

Last seen in New Zealand in 2016, Death Cab for Cutie will bring a deep catalogue of brilliant new songs and greatest hits to The Civic stage for one night only on March 14.

Tickets are on-sale now via ticketmaster.

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The biggest annual celebration of arts and culture in Aotearoa returns in March, to locations across Tāmaki Makaurau. Auckland's many theatres, galleries, and unique venues like marae and the Stardome, will house some of the most exciting performance, art and music events from New Zealand and around the world.

As ever, the AAF programme includes theatre, dance, music and visuals arts. Taking place 7-24 March, the vast programme of over 42 individual events celebrates people and culture, investigates some of the most important issues facing the world today and offers audiences a chance to escape the everyday with a few laughs.