Midtown is coming alive for 3 days of music this May for New Zealand Music Month

Imagine acoustic performances in Elliott Stables and DJs and local hip hop stars on the pavements, with backing vocals from Real Groovy, Daikoku, Nahm Thai Street Food, Atrium on Elliott, Howlin’ Wolf, Lyricist Lane (aka Strand Arcade), and the blends of DJ TESI at Darby Street’s Recycle Boutique.

Artists featuring in the Elliott Street festivities are Erin G, Lijah Mavaega, Summer Vee, Crystal Chen; hip hop crews are From Outside, Brandn Shiraz, Lucky Lance and Christoph El Truento; DJ Poppa Jax, Caru, FOBS curated by Thomas Rose (NewSampleWhoDis) who will be wandering among the crowd with a music trivia quiz.

See map and full programme here

17 May, 7–9pm | Fetu Creative Forum

Join a live podcast featuring prominent Tangata Moana songwriters Teremoana Rapley and Rubi Du, facilitated by Lucky Lance and DJ Gene Rivers at the Strand Arcade for an inspiring discussion about New Zealand music kōrero.

Erin G

18 May, 11am-3pm | The Mids

The Mids is a pop-up market celebrating music and street culture. Featuring a diverse array of attractions, including a record fair, live DJs, a sneaker swap meet with customizing, streetwear merchandise, and captivating street art, this event spans across the city centre from Wellesley Street to Queens Arcade. Explore iconic streetwear stores, groove to live music, take part in a thrilling skate challenge, enjoy exciting giveaways and discounts, and immerse yourself in an inspiring exhibition of music photography.

The Mids highlights: 

Sneaker Swap & Exclusive Streetwear | The Strand Arcade | 11am-3pm

Bring your sneakers for a swap and check out the hottest styles at The Mids! Sky Pirates Streetwear also presents limited edition goodies featuring artwork from Tāmaki graffiti artist Deus, curated by YGB stalwart Lucky Lance.

Art Exhibitions | The Strand Arcade & Queens Arcade | 11am-3pm

Explore the Graffgatherer Art Exhibition, showcasing over 50 miniature truck artworks by Aotearoa’s graffiti writers. Plus, don't miss the Music Photography Exhibition next to Marbecks, capturing the essence of New Zealand music culture.

Skate Challenge | Trainers Skateboarding | 1-3pm

Get ready to shred outside Trainers Skateboarding and test your skills alongside skate friends. Bring your skateboard and learn from the best!

Other city centre stores bringing their vibe to The Mids are: JB Hi-FiMarbecksHoliday RecordsPat MenziesTrainers SkateboardingGuitar GalleryDangerfieldOdd, EvenHYPE DC and Stirling Sports


Check out these store highlights:

See map and full programme here

New Zealand Music Month activations in midtown are supported by Auckland Council and the city centre targeted rate.

Enjoy two hours of free parking or $5 evening and weekend rates. Find out more. Ride on public transport from as little as $2 each way. Find out more.
Last updated: 23 April 2024