As the traffic light level hits orange, there’s plenty on offer to get amongst this month which is a great excuse to check out a variety of the festivities, especially when we’ve been in semi-lockdown restrictions for so long!

We’ve rounded up a few highlights for May including NZ Music Month, local talent on stage at The Tuning Fork, Aussie group Ocean Alley on tour and surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s work comes to town. 

NZ Music Month

The theme for this year’s NZ Music Month/Te Marama Puoro O Aotearoa is ‘level up’ which aims to encourage support for the music scene and local up-and-coming talent. There is plenty of local music to get amongst including ‘Indie Rock in the Garden’ and creative events like FromThePit Music Photography Exhibition which showcases 50 photographers from across the country with their fave snapshots of local talent and a chance to head behind the scenes with the Historical Music Venues Tour. There’s even a Music Quiz at The Tuning Fork supporting MusicHelps if you feel like testing your music knowledge while supporting a great cause at the same time!
The full nationwide list of gigs is available on the NZ Music Month website.  

Tuning Fork ‘Picks’

Tuning Fork’s calendar for the month is full! They’re hosting by five local artists (Just Chaa, Charlie Will Do It Tomorrow, Madeleine Worsley, Sophie Gibson & Kire) taking the stage on the 12th for the ‘On The Rise’ showcase. The following evening (13th) French for Rabbits will return to The Tuning Fork in support of their Taite Music Award-nominated album ‘The Overflow’. Rounding out the month’s festivities audiences can get their laugh on with the next instalment of the ‘Fork N Funny’ series with comedians Guy Williams, James Roque, James Mustapic, and Lana Walters.
Event tickets are available from MoshTix.

Ocean Alley

Aussie group Ocean Alley are heading back to our shores to play their biggest headline tour across NZ to date and they’ll be bringing along their pals, Aussie rock band Hockey Dad for the ride. You can catch their new show in Auckland at Spark Arena (14th) and Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on the 15th before they jet across to the South Island for a show at Dunedin’s Town Hall (18th) and then the Christchurch Town Hall on the 19th.
Tickets are available from their website.

Inside Dali

Inside Dali offers a new multimedia experience that gives audiences the chance to experience surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s work. The digital art exhibition will showcase their art with cutting-edge technology and will be on display at Spark Arena from the 28th of May (until 30th June) before it moves down the country to the Air Force Museum in Christchurch.
Tickets are available for the upcoming Auckland season from Ticketmaster.