BY HAZEL REID

AJR

American musicians AJR will be sure to start their NZ shows with a Bang later this month. The group is bringing their OK Orchestra Tour to Aotearoa in celebration of their fourth album (with the same title). U.S. singer-songwriter Alexander 23 will also be winging his way to the country in their support act slot. You can catch AJR at Auckland’s Spark Arena on the 27th before they head down to the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on the 28th. Limited tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

Telenova 

Australian group Telenova are winging their way over here to celebrate their forthcoming EP Stained Glass Love. The Melbourne three-piece’s release date actually happens to be the same day as their Auckland show at The Tuning Fork so there’s no better way to celebrate than heading along to their all-ages show! Tickets are available via Moshtix.

Rhys Darby

Well-known funny man Rhys Darby has returned home and has brought the laughs with him. Rhys is bringing his show to Auckland (Friday 5th at Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre) and Wellington (Friday 19th at The Opera House Wellington) this month. This winter run is a bit special for Rhys as he not only hasn’t been able to tour in the past five years (he’s excited to ‘tread the boards again’) but this year also marks 25 years of stand-up comedy for him. The show is rated 16 and limited tickets remain from Ticketmaster.

Armageddon Expo

Roll up, roll up Palmerston North, it’s your turn! Armageddon Expo is heading to the city (for the second time ever) to take over the Central Energy Arena for a jam-packed weekend of gaming, exhibitors, cosplay and more. Head along on the 6th and 7th to check out all the action including virtual panels with TV stars, Teen Wolf’s Colton Haynes and Holland Roden alongside Arrow’s Rick Gonzalez and Juliana Harkavy plus in-person animation guests from Attack on Titan and Fire Emblem. Head to their website for full event information.

Auckland Writers Festival

From the 23rd to the 28th Aotea Centre will transform into this year’s Auckland Writers Festival. The 2022 programme boasts over 100 offerings featuring workshops and talks. A few of our picks include legendary author Tessa Duder taking the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre stage for a special free event on the 28th and The X Files star David Duchovny will be beaming into the festival for a special livestream talk about his latest novel Truly Like Lightning. Check out the full programme here.

TRÖLL

Trick of the Light Theatre’s latest show Tröll will take you on a journey back to 1998. A variety of storytelling, puppetry and projection is used in this performance which shares a mystic and modern story that Stranger Things fans are sure to love. Tröll will head to Auckland’s Q Theatre from the 10th to the 13th this month before jetting across to Australia. You can grab your tickets to one of the show sessions here.

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