A Remix Approved Guide for the Best Gigs to Attend This Summer

2023 has been a roller coaster for us Kiwis, from flooding to the Warriors losing. It’s about time we had something to look forward to. Last summer was a bit of a flop too, so this year, we’re praying to the weather gods to provide so we can take ourselves on the ultimate summer music roadie. This is our Remix-approved guide for the best gigs to attend this summer. So snag those tickets, load up the car, and grab your mates for an unforgettable musical experience. 

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50 Cent - The Final Lap Tour 

Even if it isn’t your birthday, you can actually party like it’s your birthday when Hip-Hop legend 50 Cent takes the stage in Auckland this December. The 20-year anniversary of 50 Cent’s album Get Rich or Die Tryin is celebrated by The Final Lap Tour which makes its way to New Zealand for the first time. Performing alongside other Hip-Hop legends such as Busta Rhymes and Jeremih it will feel like you’re back in the golden age of 00’s hip-hop. With ageless tunes from back in the day, attending The Final Lap Tour will guarantee you a vast variety of Hip-hop that will make you feel more than happy you came, saw, and conquered.

14th - 15th December, 2023 - Spark Arena, Auckland  

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Drax Project - Summer Run Tour 

Born and raised in New Zealand, the internationally recognized Wellingtonian band Drax Project is taking over this summer. Shaan Singh, Matt Beachen, Ben O'Leary, and Sam Thompson are the driving forces behind the Drax Project. The combination of these lads and their musical gifts only promises you a performance that catches the eyes of tens of thousands of people. With the release of their new track Oh My, Drax Project aren’t shying away from showing off their new creation and providing you with a summer to remember. Starting from the top of the North Island and ending in the South Island, the Drax Projects Summer Run tour is happening in six different locations across New Zealand, so in that case, it’s going to be hard for you to come up with an excuse not to go.

Tour Dates - December 28th - January 19th 2024

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P!nk - Trustfall Tour 

You don’t have to be wrong and you don’t have to be right, as long as you’re raising your glass, you'll have a great night. Global pop icon and self-acclaimed rockstar, P!nk, is set to take the stage in New Zealand this summer. The three-time Grammy winner is celebrating her new album release Trustfall and is performing in both Auckland and Dunedin in March of 2024. The last time P!nk was in New Zealand was in 2018 when we saw her sell out the notorious Spark Arena with one of her craziest shows yet. This time around, P!nk has taken it to the next level with both her shows set to play at Forsyth Barr Stadium (Dunedin) and Eden Park (Auckland), two of the largest stadium venues in New Zealand. With P!nk’s success last time in New Zealand, it will be no surprise if she sells out again.

March 5th, 2024 - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 

March 8th & 9th 2024 - Eden Park, Auckland  

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Blink-182 - One Last Time Tour 

No matter how old you are, whenever you’re vibing at a Blink-182 concert you’ll definitely be asking yourself, “What’s my age again?” Legendary and iconic 00’s punk-rock band, Blink-182 is set to come to New Zealand for what we may know as their last time ever on tour. With their new album release, One More Time, Blink-182 is planning on showcasing their new craft as well as their typical punk bangers from back in the day at Aucklands Spark Arena. So make sure you bring those baggy jeans and Chuck Taylor’s cause this one is gonna be nostalgic. 

March 2nd, 2024 - Spark Arena, Auckland 

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Milky Chance - Living in a Haze Tour 

Known for their record-breaking hits Stolen Dance, Down by the River, and Flashed Junk Mind. German duo band Milky Chance is set to take place in January of 2024 at Auckland's Powerstation venue. With elements of folk, indie, reggae, and jazz, Milky Chance will only amplify those relaxed fun-loving summer vibes. After their latest album release ‘Living in a Haze,” the duo band is looking to show off their new groovy tunes, and we’re privileged enough to watch them smack bang in the middle of summer! These guys are quite familiar with New Zealand, performing in 2015, 2017, and 2020, Milky Chance sold out each time they came here, and with their 4th tour making a stop in NZ again, it won’t be a surprise if they sell out once more.  

January 31st, 2024 - Powerstation, Auckland 

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Brent Faiyaz - F*ck The World It's a Wasteland Tour 

Huge R&B Sensation Brent Faiyaz is set to take his return to New Zealand, and this time it's bigger and better… Faiyaz is known for his smash hits Clouded, Trust, and Poison, which have gained him over twenty-two million monthly listeners on Spotify. The last time we saw Brent Faiyaz was in 2019 at Aucklands Tuning Fork Venue which hosted 300 people. Over the years Faiyaz has significantly increased his prominence and is set to play in front of 12,000 people at Auckland's sold-out Spark Arena. Faiyaz is known for his creativity in his music and is looking to promote his new album Larger Than Life. Collaborating in the past with other artists such as the likes of Drake, Tyler The Creator, and Marshmello, Faiyaz’s diverse music sense and experience will bring to New Zealand a whole new level of not just R&B, but performance.   

January 17th, 2024 - Spark Arena, Auckland  


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Foo Fighters 

No not “food,” “foo.” Rock icons and 15-time Grammy winners Foo Fighters are bringing their legendary music back to New Zealand. Following their highly successful 2018 tour, the iconic band is set to do it all again. Playing three shows across Wellington (Sky Stadium), Christchurch (Apollo Projects Stadium), and Auckland (Mt Smart Stadium), this iconic band sure knows how to put on a show. Following the release of their new album But Here We Are, critics are saying this is one of their most authentic albums yet with references to their 1995 debut album “Foo Fighters,” yup, the Remix value radar is going crazy.  

On the basis of the Foo Fighters, an honorable mention we must make is to the late and great Taylor Hawkins. Former drummer and long-time band member Taylor Hawkins sadly passed away last year in March. Since Hawkins's loss, lots of eyes have been drawn toward the new drummer known as Josh Freeze. Critics believe Freeze is the best substitute for Hawkins and has had a successful start.

Attending the Foo Fighters live is an experience you can never forget, with the band solidified in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's 100% guaranteed to be a sell-out, so make sure you get your ticket fast cause you're about to get the best, the best, the best of views. 

January 20th, 2024 - Spark Arena, Auckland 

January 24th, 2024 - Apollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch  

January 27th, 2024 - Sky Stadium, Wellington