Breakers 2016-2017 Season
21 Aug 2016 (Sun) - 28 Feb 2017 (Tue)
The SKYCITY Breakers are not just a basketball club, they are a family, and in 2016/17 they want their fans to be there with them as they welcome in an exciting new era.
17 Dec 2016 (Sat)
Live Nation is thrilled to present the immeasurable, unstoppable comedic force of AMY SCHUMER live, making her debut New Zealand performance at Vector Arena this December as part of her 2016 world tour.
Amy Schumer’s resume overflows with an embarrassment of outstanding achievements, excelling as an award-winning stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director.
Schumer made her network debut in 2007 when she starred on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and soon after co-starred on 30 Rock and received her own Comedy Central Presents special.
Mostly Sex Stuff, Schumer’s hit one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central still stands as the network’s highest rated original stand-up special since 2011.
Creator, star, writer and executive producer of the award winning Inside Amy Schumer, the popular Comedy Central television series premiered in 2013 to the network’s highest season premiere ratings of that year. Recently picked up for a fifth season, the show won the Writers Guild Award for ‘Best Comedy/Variety Sketch Series’ and was honoured with the first-ever Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Variety Sketch Series’, as well as nominations for ‘Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series’, ‘Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series’ and ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series’.
Among the show’s many other accolades such as a Television Critics Association Award and Critics Choice Television Award, it also received the prestigious Peabody Award in 2014.
The one-hour HBO comedy special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo directed by Chris Rock, premiered on October 2015 and was HBO’s most watched Saturday night comedy special debut since December 2009, earning a Writers Guild nomination for ‘Best Comedy/Variety Special’.
Writing and starring in the Judd Apatow directed 2015 box office hit Trainwreck, Schumer garnered two Golden Globe nominations: ‘Actress, Comedy or Musical’ and ‘Best Picture, Comedy or Musical’. Additionally, she won the Critics Choice Award for ‘Best Actress in a Comedy’ and was nominated for another Writers Guild Award in the category of ‘Original Screenplay’.
In 2015 The British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) honoured Schumer with The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for ‘Excellence in Comedy’.
Among the many irons in the Schumer fire, she is currently shooting (starring in and producing) an as yet untitled mother-daughter adventure comedy opposite Goldie Hawn for director Jonathan Levine. Her album Cutting placed in the top 5 of the Billboard Charts and has been included on multiple Best Comedy Albums of the Year award lists. Leaving no medium untouched, this August sees the release of Schumer’s first book The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo.
Panic! at the Disco
2 Feb 2017 (Thu)
Award winning, internationally acclaimed colossal rockers PANIC! AT THE DISCO are set to return to Auckland on Thursday 2 February 2017 to support their fifth studio album, Death Of A Bachelor.
Bringing their action-packed live shows and armed with a mountain of hits, fans can prepare for spell-binding energy, roof-raising beats and a live show that will leave you breathless. Having sold out their biggest shows the world over - including over 20,000 tickets in London - you won’t want to miss PANIC! AT THE DISCO in February 2017.
It has been over a decade since these suburban teens released A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, a debut that immediately transformed PANIC! AT THE DISCO into worldwide superstars. Each subsequent release has seen PANIC! AT THE DISCO push the boundaries and create unique genre bending albums. Death Of A Bachelor is no different. A grandiose and triumphant masterpiece, it is packed with songs that both allude to the past and create a uniquely contemporary sensibility with a Sinatra-esque, dance-around-your-room-when-no-one’s-looking feel.
“A mix between Sinatra and Queen.” - Rolling Stone
Frontman Brendon Urie credits fans with the inspiration and sound of Death Of A Bachelor, enthusing, “I’m at where I’m at because people are still into what I’m doing. That is the most validating feeling – having people willingly take this journey with me. And I’m writing this music because I want to share it with people who care about it as much as I do.”
Death Of A Bachelor is another hit record with fans and critics alike, having reached #1 on Billboard’s 220 chart upon its debut and attaining gold certification in the USA. Current singles “Halleujah,” “Victorious” and “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time” have amassed tens of millions of streams and YouTube views.
Simple Minds and the B-52s
14 Feb 2017 (Tue)
In one of the upcoming summer’s most captivating tours, Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that the majestic Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of The B-52s for a huge New Zealand tour in February 2017.
Scotland’s Simple Minds and Athens, Georgia natives The B-52s may be from opposite sides of the globe, but what they have in common is that elusive combination of critical acclaim, cult status and mainstream success throughout the world.
Simple Minds have had an impressive career spanning from their first ever single "Love Song" and continued through countless chart-toppers like "Don’t You (Forget About Me)", "Alive and Kicking", "Promised You A Miracle", "Glittering Prize" and "Waterfront" as well as eight Top 20 albums and hugely successful concert tours.
Their 16th album Big Music, released 18 months ago, rekindled the band’s energy and attitude and won rave reviews:
"Their best album in 30 years." - Mojo
"Simple Minds at their ideal fighting weight." - Q Magazine
"Big Music is the genuine article: a remarkable record that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any of Simple Minds' first five albums." - Record Collector
"One of the world’s great live bands." - BBC
After touring Big Music extensively, and buoyed by the record’s success, Simple Minds are currently working on a new album. They will be back on the road in 2017 with New Zealand being one of their first ports of call, having not toured down under in four years. Throughout their lengthy career, the band has retained its enviable reputation as one of THE great live concert bands.
When The B-52s – Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland - toured Australia and New Zealand for a day on the green and indoor shows in 2009, the response was over-the-top! Irreverent and hugely entertaining, the band’s cosmic appeal was irresistible.
“From the moment The B52s came out everybody was up out of their seats and off their picnic blankets dancing…This was the band’s final date in their A Day on the Green tour and the band members played it for all they were worth.” - Stuff.co.nz
"Who else offers helium-voiced go-go girls, a camp, barking (in every sense) frontman and sprawling sci-fi new wave? Yes, they look and often sound fantastic, with steely surf guitar riding waves of propulsive rhythms to the Love Shack and back.’ - Sydney Morning Herald
"With their big wigs, wacky tunes and goofball dance moves -- all of which sit comfortably within the band's friendly brand of psychedelia -- their credentials as dance-floor favourites are impressive." - The Australian
The B-52s put Athens, Georgia on the musical map with their quirky and unconventional take on the new wave sound of the era with their irrepressible live shows and massive hits like "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho", "Roam" and the chart topping "Love Shack" from arguably the bands most well-known album Cosmic Thing.
In January 2013 Keith Strickland announced that he had made a decision to stop touring with the band saying: “I will continue to be in The B-52s - I will just not tour. My barnstorming days have come to an end, but I wholeheartedly support Cindy, Fred and Kate's decision to continue.”
The B-52s said:
“It has been seven years since we have toured Australia and New Zealand and we are just thrilled to be returning! Yes - we’ll be coming back to ‘wonder down under’ on an amazing tour with Simple Minds. Come party with us!”
Twenty One Pilots
25 Mar 2017 (Sat)
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Fresh off their massively successfully, sold-out Australian and New Zealand headline tour, TWENTY ONE PILOTS have announced their biggest New Zealand shows to date when they return in March 2017.
American alt-pop duo Twenty One Pilots completed their third trek to New Zealand last month selling out their only Auckland show at Vector Arena.
�Literally exuding passion, the amount of hard work these two have put into building their live show between their mind-blowing performance at the Powerstation last year, to the arena-worthy spectacle it is now, did not go a-miss, amazing everyone from the most die-hard of fans, to the bands newest fans� - Libel.nz
The band also released their new single last week, �Ride�, a follow up to the worldwide smash �Stressed Out� which has reached #6 on the Heatseekers chart, while �Stressed Out� retains a top 10 spot, coming in at #9 on the NZ Top 40.
The tracks are lifted from the 2015, NZ #6, ARIA #11 and US Billboard Top 200 #1 album, Blurryface (out now through Warner Music New Zealand).
Twenty One Pilots � who only just returned home from show stopping performances at Lolla South America in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina � have received a number of major awards nominations in recent weeks, including four nods for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards: �Top Duo/Group,� �Top Rock Artist,� �Top Rock Album (for Blurryface),� and �Top Rock Song� (for �Stressed Out�). The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be presented on May 22 in Las Vegas.
Blurryface � which also includes the RIAA gold certified single, Tear In My Heart � made a stunning chart debut upon its 2015 release, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #1 with total sales exceeding 147,000. The album further served as the duo�s international breakthrough, reaching top 20 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, Twenty One Pilots� Tyler Joseph stands as the #1 songwriter in the first quarter of 2016 on the strength �Stressed Out,� besting veteran writers with multiple hits to their name, while �Stressed Out� became the first song penned by a single writer to top the Pop charts in nearly two years. Blurryface follows Twenty One Pilots� 2013 Fueled By Ramen debut album, Vessel, certified gold by the RIAA and boasting a trio of gold certified hit singles in �Holding On To You,� �Car Radio� and �House of Gold.�
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