Gardens Magic Return Is Music To The Ears For Pōneke

The iconic Gardens
concert series returns to the Botanic Garden ki
Paekākā’s Soundshell for three weeks this month – so
get ready to face the music.

Wellington City Council
is proud to be hosting this free event in its 43rd year,
filling the summer nights with stunning sounds and a light
display by MJF Lighting
transforming the gardens into a magical setting.

along with a rug and picnic and grab some friends and
whānau for an evening of free entertainment from some of
the best local talent around.

There’ll be something
for everyone with music ranging from contemporary pop to
indie to classical to rock.

Here’s what some of the
artists have to say about their Gardens Magic experience and
performing live.

Toni Huata, Ngāti Kahungunu,
Rongowhakaata (Aotearoa Allstars | Thurs 19 Jan)

Wellington-based group made up of artists from a number of
award winning Kaupapa Māori music groups. The group aims to
promote te reo Māori through music and having fun with the

I have performed and attended Gardens
Magic at different times over the years and what I like
about this festival is that it celebrates all genre of
music, performance, culture and talent.

Magic also celebrates Wellington and our arts culture here.
In particular to our involvement, in the past and in 2023
with ‘Puoro ki te Ao’ and ‘Aotearoa Allstars’ we celebrate
our reo, traditions, compositions and contemporary kaupapa
Māori music for all to experience and enjoy.

love being in nature, it brings a beautiful mauri. I also
like being with families, different cultures and sharing our
music to uplift and heal others. We are lucky that this is a
two-way process and we receive a lot of positivity in
return. The good thing with Gardens Magic is that it is a
family audience, it’s fresh into Raumati 2023, and we are
sharing our reo with the multitudes.

I’d like
to thank Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Whanganui a Tara for your
tautoko and WCC for hosting this stunning festival. We are
coming up to 3 years of the arts industry being hit hard, a
lot of loss personally and professionally for many, so let’s
give ourselves the space to celebrate in 2023 at Gardens

Michael Piper (Crash Bandihoot | Fri 20

Crash Bandihoot have been together for three
years, but all the musicians have been involved with the
scene in one way or another for over 10 years. They bring a
high energy set of smiles, colours and fun! Expect soaring
horns and driving rhythms mixing New Orleans street music
with Kiwi funk.

I went to Gardens Magic twice in
2021 and loved both times, it’s a really great vibe and
set-up. What’s not to love? Free gigs in the

The summery good times atmosphere, having
a picnic in the fresh air and hearing the sound of your
instrument roll away over an outdoor space is such a good

We’re looking forward to putting on
a great quality free to attend show and being part of the
fabric of Wellington. Thanks for making it

betty (betty | Weds 25 Jan)

just 17, betty’s debut single ‘thedumbthingsyoudo’ was
recorded early last year and has been gathering momentum on
Spotify ever since.

betty’s distinctive voice with a
clear crisp tone and smoky depth carries her songs, and the
listener, on a soft indie pop journey.

I love the
atmosphere at Gardens Magic and the dynamic between the
audience and performers.

It’s a great time to
perform as everyone is in such a good mood in the summer
environment outdoors.

This is the biggest gig I
have done to date and I’m looking forward to performing live
again as I haven’t been able to in a while.

so pleased to be given this opportunity to perform and get
more experience and exposure in Wellington as I progress as
a musician.

Rob Joass (Love Shack | Sun 29

Love Shack is your ultimate 80’s party band
featuring some of New Zealand’s finest and most experienced
musicians. Relive the magical days of dancing the night
away, rocking out to your favourite songs of the

I’ve performed at Gardens Magic before,
most recently with my other band Hobnail in

I’ve also been in the audience many
times, most memorably to see the Warratahs, Sam Hunt, Darren
Watson with Smokeshop, and The Frank Burkitt

It’s always a great atmosphere, family
friendly, we usually have a group of us with picnic blankets
and food. Great night out. For free!

Playing to
a large crowd in such a beautiful setting is a joy. I love
playing with Love Shack and can’t wait to see how the
audience will respond. We are an unashamed nostalgia show
and our audiences are usually up and dancing from the first

Gardens Magic Concert

Āhea | When 8pm–9.15pm,
Tuesday 10 – Sunday 29 January 2023
Ki hea |
Botanic Garden Ki Paekākā Soundshell | View
on Google Maps

Te utu | Cost

Kids Garden Trail

Āhea |
10am-5pm daily, Tuesday 10 – Sunday 29 January
Ki hea | Where Botanic Garden Ki
Paekākā | View
on Google Maps

Te utu | Cost

Enjoy a free, fun summer’s day out with the
kids, exploring the Kids Garden Trail. Join our Space
Explorer in her voyage discovering the remarkable plants and
animals of the Botanic Garden. Pick up a mission report
activities sheet at the Tree House or Space Place or find
online in January.

Light Display

| When
9pm-10.30pm daily, Tuesday 10 – Sunday 29
January 2023
Ki hea | Where Botanic
Garden Ki Paekākā | View
on Google Maps

Te utu | Cost

As the sun sets see the gardens transform with a
magical light display by MJF

We encourage everyone to use public
transport or walk, ride, scoot or car share to avoid parking
frustration during this busy time. If you do drive, remember
to Drive Safe, Drive

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