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Best Western Ellerslie International Auckland Accommodation
Modern, comfortable Auckland Accommodation featuring: fully air-conditioned rooms, 50+ SKY TV, WiFi Internet, outdoor heated pool, on site in-house car rental, restaurant and bar, and conference facilities. We offer a range of different room types and affordable rates, as well as special deals to suit any traveller. Our central location makes us the ideal place to stay when you’re travelling to Auckland.
Sleeps up to 2
Take a break in our spacious superior Studio Suites. Our well appointed rooms will serve as a perfect place to unwind while you are away from home.
Clean and contemporary, our twin rooms, boasting generous space and modern amenities are ideally suited to accommodate a range of sleeping configuration requirements, with one queen and one single bed.
Luxurious, spacious studio suite for the ultimate relaxation whether business or pleasure. A good night sleep is assured in our King-Sized bed. Forget the rest of the world as you soak in our double spa-bath complete with bathrobes.
These state of the art suites were designed with quality and comfort in mind. Furnished with high end room amenities; these units offer all the modern conveniences that the modern traveller cannot live without. Including: Quiet heat pumps/air conditioning, Double glazed windows, Lazy Boy, Media Hub, LCD SmartTV, Modern Spa or Shower, please indicate which you require.
One Bedroom Modern comfort is abundant in our one-bedroom, family suites, complete with newly refurnished kitchenettes. Queen-Sized bed in separate bedroom with TV. Single bed and pull-out sofa located in lounge.
Superior accommodation for you and your family. Well equipped kitchen, complete with dish drawer, no dishes while on holiday! While the kids use our heated swimming pool, adults can enjoy a beverage and snack from our bar and restaurant. Kids menu also available This room has 1 Queen and 3 single beds.
Our crown jewel; this 2 bedroom apartment is perfect for families, or corporates travelling together but still wanting their own space.Equipped with a full kitchen, spacious lounge and 2 bedrooms, you will be forgiven for not wanting to leave at the end of your stay. With the option of adding another bedroom with its own ensuite, you really are spoilt for choice with this little gem.As she is the only one of her kind, this unit must be secured the old fashioned way - but it's easy, pick up the phone and call us toll free on 0800 355 377 - we would love to hear from you.
These stylish suites feature a distinctly seperate living area with comfortable furnishings and TV. Bedroom is equipped with a Queen-Sized bed and TV; no more arguments over the remote in these suites.
Our Auckland restaurant is open daily for cooked and continental breakfasts, a la carte dinners, and room service during restaurant hours.
Here at the fully licensed Ellerslie International Restaurant and Bar, we take pride in offering our guests fine food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Our restaurant seats up to 36 guests, and our menu includes affordable, seasonal dishes with an extensive selection of wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
All guests are invited to make use of our swimming pool. Being heated, it’s the ideal way to relax and unwind during your stay.
Guest fitness centre with gym workout room.
Our Auckland Conference Centre is ideal for Corporate Travellers
We have three different conference rooms available for guests staying with us on business.
Our location just off the Southern Motorway, with over 15,000 companies within 20km of our premises makes our Auckland motel and conference centre the ideal location for your next business meeting, seminar, product launch, training course or conference.
Our onsite car rental service provides guests with an easy transport solution during their stay.
At Best Western Ellerslie International, we’re proud to offer a premier car rental service to our guests thanks to Greenstone Rentals. All in house guests of Best Western Ellerslie International receive a 10% discount on your daily rate on any car hired through Greenstone Rentals.
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. TOGETHER. STRONGER.
Our House - 15th Birthday
30 Sep 2016 (Fri)
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF OUR:HOUSE EVENTS
FEATURING / JAUZ / LDRU / Joel Fletcher / Jupiter Project / Tim Phin / Max Key / Dan Aux / Dick Johnson / Jaycen Amour / Ultan Burke / Beat Mafia / Ryan Enzed & Helen Corry + MORE
Although Our:House hasn’t ever needed a reason to throw a massive party, this year is the ultimate excuse! New Zealand’s most iconic dance party turns 15 years old and we’re putting on a killer show to celebrate.
Taking place at Auckland’s Vector Arena, the Our:House Birthday Extravaganza will be a nod to what has made Our:House events some of the best nights out for New Zealanders over the last 15 years. On Friday 30th September Vector Arena will house some of the newest and hottest artists in dance, EDM, trap and dubstep, from New Zealand and around the world.
For 2016 the Our:House Birthday Extravaganza will take place as the annual Our:House event, putting an emphasis back on the emerging artists making waves globally, who have been the backbone of Our:House events all these years. State of the art lighting, sound and stage production will make this a party like no other and for our dedicated fans who look forward to the annual November show, THIS is the event for the season! We’ve brought the goods to you early.
Now that we’ve kicked off the countdown for our big birthday bash, make sure you’re tuned in to our social channels for plenty more announcements about the line-up and the event. We’ll be unveiling plenty more surprises and competitions for fans leading up to the Our:House Birthday Extravaganza.
Presented by George FM, Smirnoff, Heineken, Jagermeister and Red Bull
1 Oct 2016 (Sat)
DELIRIUM WORLD TOUR
Frontier Touring is thrilled to confirm that global phenomenon Ellie Goulding will bring the Delirium World Tour to New Zealand this October! Joined by very special guests Years & Years, Ellie is set to electrify Vector Arena!
Celebrated as a force to be reckoned with for her first two albums Lights and Halcyon, Ellie Goulding firmly cemented herself as a superstar with the release of third studio album Delirium (Universal Music) in November last year. An expansive and dazzling collection of genre-defying bangers, Delirium scored immediate acclaim and climbed the top ten in no less than 14 different countries.
Delirium�s first offering was the Grammy-nominated chartbuster �Love Me Like You Do� that swiftly broke the world record for most streamed song in one week, skyrocketing to #1 in 80 countries including New Zealand where it was certified triple platinum. The next cut from Delirium was �On My Mind�, a swagger-charged anthem that reasserts Ellie as one of music�s most surprising and confident performers. Last month Ellie served the one-two punch of �Army� and �Something In The Way You Move�, the former a sweeping ode to authentic friendship and the latter an irresistible thumper - both tracks have critics applauding Delirium as her finest album to date.
�Delirium goes straight for the pop jugular, unleashing a relentless barrage of bangers that almost always hit the spot� - The Guardian
�Delirium grounds Ellie Goulding�s penchant for spectacle in tightly-written pop songs. Her evocative storytelling and ability to craft great dance music is all here� making a mature pop record that feels like a natural progression� - Pitchfork
Alongside solo chart scorchers �Anything Could Happen� and �Burn�, Ellie recently teamed with Major Lazer on the reggae-tinged smash �Powerful� and collaborated with Calvin Harris on the multi-platinum selling singles �I Need Your Love� and �Outside�.
In addition to an outstanding Grammys performance this week, the Brit Award winning singer-songwriter collected high praise for appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury and an intimate, one-off show she performed at Sydney�s Enmore Theatre in October of last year.
�Last night�s show proved that Ellie Goulding is a sheer pop powerhouse and it will be a show that I�m sure will be talked about by fans for quite some time.� � Renowned For Sound
�Goulding gave everything she had in the last 20 minutes of her show, bringing the house down with her hits 'You My Everything', 'Love Me Like You Do' and 'Burn' and finally calling it an end with her new banger 'On My Mind'... She ended things in style and did not disappoint.� � Project U
Ellie�s special guests will include UK electronic virtuosos Years & Years who have quickly impressed with darkly romantic debut album Communion (out now through Universal Music). An intricate balance of mediative lyrics and undeniable hooks, Communion references house, r&b and electropop and has seen the trio win the BBC Sound of 2015 poll and a Critics Choice nomination in the 2015 Brit Awards.
Certified Gold in NZ, �King� has gone platinum in seven countries with Billboard calling it �destined to be played at arenas for years to come.� Synth-soaked follow-up single �Shine� achieved Gold certification in Australia and their UK homeland where it also soared to #2 on the Singles Chart. As well as appearances at Radio 1's Big Weekend, Wireless Festival, T in the Park and Latitude Festival, the guys set Melbourne and Sydney stages ablaze when they performed Splendour In The Grass sideshows in July of last year.
�His voice is actually insane � hearing that breathy falsetto live is something else� It was such a fun set; these guys are honestly the most captivating performers � and boy do they know how to bring the party.� � Music Feeds
Having thrilled New Zealand audiences time and time again, Ellie Goulding�s arena Delirium World Tour promises her most exhilarating performances to date. Bursting with hits and joined by special guests Years & Years these shows will be a blockbuster display of showmanship and raw talent.
19 Oct 2016 (Wed)
HAPPY & GLORIOUS NEW ZEALAND TOUR
The man is quite simply top-to-toe hilarious� - 5 STARS, The Telegraph
�Joyously performed� - The Times
Michael McIntyre is bringing his latest sell out stand-up show Happy & Glorious to New Zealand.
The UK & Ireland leg of the Happy & Glorious tour saw Michael sell over four-hundred thousand tickets and beat his rivals to the Christmas Number One slot in the DVD chart. His 2015 tour saw him awarded the prestigious keys to The London O2 Arena for an astonishing 27 performances at The O2, which sees him performing more times than One Direction and Take That.
Michael�s previous tour Showtime was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world in 2012, which included a record-breaking ten-night residency at The O2 matching the pop-superstar Rihanna�s 2011 record.
Michael has released three best-selling DVDs: 2008�s Live and Laughing, was the biggest selling UK debut stand-up DVD of its time, Hello Wembley, which in 2009 became the fastest-selling UK stand-up DVD of all time a record it still holds, and 2012�s Showtime, which beat its competitors to the Christmas Number One spot.
The past few years have been exceptional for Michael. In 2013 he performed internationally; playing to sold out arenas in South Africa, Dubai, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. His show in Johannesburg was the largest ever comedy show in Africa and his Dubai shows won the Time Out Best Night Out Award.
Michael McIntyre will be joined by special guest Paul Tonkinson.
21 Oct 2016 (Fri) - 24 Oct 2016 (Mon)
Held in Auckland since 1995, Wellington since 2001 and Christchurch/Melbourne since 2007, Armageddon has a long history of events...
All Blacks vs Australia
22 Oct 2016 (Sat)
3rd Bledisloe Test at Eden Park
Trans-Tasman rivalry continues as the All Blacks take on the Wallabies in the battle for the Bledisloe Cup.
26 Oct 2016 (Wed)
Coming to Auckland in October!
As they prepare to embark on their biggest U.S. tour to date, SLIPKNOT have announced a New Zealand show igniting Vector Arena on Wednesday 26 October.
SLIPKNOT is decimating stages around the world in support of its Grammy nominated album, .5: The Gray Chapter. So far, it has produced five songs that have reached Billboard�s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart: �Killpop�, �The Devil In I�, �Custer�, �The Negative One� and latest single �Goodbye�.
.5: The Gray Chapter was released in October 2014. The album sold 132,000 copies in the US in its first week of release, debuting at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Slipknot stand out as one of history's most impactful and culturally significant hard rock entities. Since first landing in 1999, the group has garnered eleven platinum and 38 gold record certifications worldwide with 2008�s platinum-selling All Hope Is Gone debuting at #1 in seven countries. They've earned a Grammy for �Best Metal Performance� as well as numerous accolades from Kerrang!, Rolling Stone, Revolver, NME, Metal Hammer and more.
1 Nov 2016 (Tue)
Arena Tour 2016
ANDR� RIEU ANNOUNCES NEW ZEALAND ARENA TOUR FOR 2016!
International superstar Andr� Rieu is thrilled to be returning to New Zealand with a brand new Arena Tour 2016.
Andr� Rieu is quite simply a musical phenomenon like no other. The Dutch King of Waltz is the world�s most successful violinist ever having sold a massive 40 million CDs and DVDs. Along with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, Andr� has created a global revival in waltz music, staging spectacular extravaganzas which are second to none. Having received over 400 Platinum Awards, he is one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world. Each year he performs in front of around 600,000 fans and outsells mega artists such as Coldplay, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen.
New Zealanders first became enthralled with Andr� back in 2009 when Andr� performed for the first time in Auckland. Andr� returned to New Zealand in 2011 and 2013 and has immense love for his massive legion of loyal fans Down Under. He is always amazed at the wonderful reception he receives from captivated New Zealand audiences.
Andr� Rieu: �I am so much looking forward to finally coming back to Christchurch for the first time in five years and to Auckland after three years. I remember well the first time I performed in New Zealand. It felt like people were waiting for us to come for a long time and they gave us such a warm welcome,� he says. �I have never experienced that anywhere else and I can�t wait to see you all again 2016.�
On 13 November Andr� released his brand new album Roman Holiday (Universal Music) which features well-loved favourites such as Gabriel�s Oboe, Mascagni�s famous intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana, Mattinata, Felicit�, Arrivederci Roma and excerpts from Verdi�s La Traviata and Puccini�s Madama Butterfly as well as his 2015 Maastricht DVD Wonderful World (Universal Music).
On stage Andr�s incredible musical prowess, passion, charisma and humour make for a magical spectacle. His romantic and fun concerts are the only ones where people regularly jump to their feet and dance in the aisles. It�s not uncommon to see devoted New Zealand fans laughing, weeping, clapping, dancing and embracing as Andr� and his orchestra belt out the most beautiful waltzes, classics from the world of opera, film and folk music, as well as iconic songs like Waltzing Matilda.
Andr� Rieu is also performing at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on 29 October 2016.
Don�t miss your chance to see one of the most popular live acts in the world!
4 Nov 2016 (Fri)
Irish superstar RONAN KEATING has announced that his Time of My Life World Tour will include headline dates in New Zealand this spring.
Touring in support of this his 10th studio album, aptly entitled Time Of My Life, Keating says:
“This is the music I’ve always wanted to make. This is who I am and it feels absolutely right. To go out with all this new material, and playing guitar, will be so exciting. These songs were written for live performance.”
For Ronan, 22 years of making music has yielded an impressive tally of achievements, including 40 million album sales with Boyzone, 22 million copies sold of nine solo albums, 14 solo #1 singles and an Ivor Novello Award for Picture Of You (1997). But they are not something Ronan is dwelling on; right now he is all about pushing on with a bold new chapter.
His 10th studio album, Time of My Life (out now through Universal Music New Zealand) finds Ronan back at his very best - worldly wise, with a bevy of self-penned, heartfelt and revealing songs. 12 tracks that move between touching acoustic moments as felt on lead single "Let Me Love You", to the anthemic "Don’t Think I Remember" and the second single to be lifted from the album, "Breathe". These are instantly affecting songs of celebration and emotion, of love and loss, and honesty.
Ronan is currently appearing alongside Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and The Madden Brothers as a coach on TV2’s The Voice.
12 Nov 2016 (Sat)
SHAPESHIFTER SELL OUT AUCKLAND TOWN HALL & THE SHOW MOVES TO VECTOR ARENA!
All tickets for the Auckland Town Hall remain valid for the show at Vector Arena. Please contact Ticketmaster with any ticketing enquiries on 0800 111 999.
SHAPESHIFTER have just released “Stars”, the first drop from their highly anticipated new album which will see the band release further new music and media throughout 2016.
Special guests will be SACHI & THE SUNSHINE SOUND SYSTEM.
The young Auckland producing duo SACHI have been making waves here and abroad since the release of their breakthrough single ‘No More’. Their most recent track ‘Hold On’ was leaked by dance music tastemaker Diplo on his BBC Radio 1 show ‘Diplo and Friends’.
Long time touring pals SUNSHINE SOUND SYSTEM, know how to get a party started and keep it going all night, with their mash up sets and special guests, they’re the perfect accompaniment to a night out with Shapeshifter.
18 Nov 2016 (Fri)
DISTURBED ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND ARENA TOUR FOR NOVEMBER
Frontier Touring are thrilled to be touring Disturbed for a string of arena dates this November in Australia and to once again announce a one-off show at Auckland's Vector Arena.
Disturbed unfortunately had to postpone their show last January due to the collapse of Australia's Soundwave Festival. Tickets retained by fans for the postponed concert are valid for entry to the upcoming concert on Friday 18 November. Fans who had their January concert tickets refunded will need to re-purchase in order to gain entry.
After announcing a hiatus in 2011, multiplatinum, hard rock legends Disturbed unleashed their sixth LP and first release in five years, Immortalized (out now through Warner). Amassing over 12 million record sales and counting, a Grammy nomination, and a multitude of accolades since their humble beginnings in 1994, Disturbed�s return is saturated in the fiery determination fans love them for. Immortalized demonstrates a contemporary shift in their sound since the hiatus, while staying true to their signature metal roots a true Disturbed album.
Disturbed's latest single �The Sound Of Silence� is currently sitting at #1 BIllboard's Mainstream Rock Chart. The momentum behind Disturbed builds and builds, as fans and media keep true to the band.
�Alt-metallers Disturbed are back and pushing the boundaries on album number six� � Australian Guitar
�Disturbed are back, and they�re on top form� � Classic Rock Magazine
�[Immortalized] hit the spot with the band�s legions of worshipers� � Loud Wire
Live, Disturbed strengths lie in the incredible vocals of lead singer David Draiman, and skilful musicianship of Dan Donegan (guitar), Mike Wengren (drums) and John Moyer (bass). Fans are sure to be treated to new Disturbed tracks like �The Vengeful One�, �The Light� and of course, �The Sound Of Silence�. Fans of their earlier material should also look forward to hearing old favourites lifted from The Sickness like �Down With The Sickness� and Ten Thousand Fists smash hit �Stricken�.
Currently touring Canada and North America, reviews of their live performances have been extremely positive.
�An incredible show� � Rock Revolt Magazine
�An energetic and powerful performance by the entire band provided the fans with exactly what they had been waiting for� � National Rock Review
A not-to-be missed show from a reinvigorated band of four ready to take to the stage and show Australia and New Zealand what they�ve been missing. Not since 2011 have they graced our shores, and if their 2016 performances are anything to go by, these shows will take fans on the ride of their lives. Secure your tickets now!
Legends of Speed
25 Nov 2016 (Fri)
New Zealand’s international motorsport champions from the past, present and future will be celebrated during a spectacular and historic gala event to be held on Friday 25 November.
Legends of Speed – Presented by the Giltrap Group will be headlined by New Zealand’s most successful and recognised racing driver, four-time IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 race winner Scott Dixon.
He will be joined by other Kiwi international motorsport stars including Hyundai World Rally Championship crew and Argentinian Rally winners Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard, World Endurance Champion and factory Porsche driver Brendon Hartley and Le Mans 24 Hour winner and Porsche factory driver Earl Bamber.
New Zealand's V8 Supercar presence will be well represented by current stars Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen. Four time Bathurst winner Greg Murphy will also attend as one of the country’s greatest exports to the Australian series.
Other drivers will include GT and Porsche racing icon Craig Baird, Asia Porsche Carrera Cup champion Chris van der Drift and Japanese Lexus Super GT driver and current Japanese Formula 3 champion Nick Cassidy.
The black tie event – which has already secured a Principal Partner in the form of the Giltrap Group - will celebrate New Zealand’s proud international motorsport history and will provide an opportunity for corporate New Zealand and motorsport luminaries to meet at a unique event.
Proceeds raised from the event will be donated to assist with funding of the New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy and to support the current Bring Back WRC New Zealand campaign.
“New Zealand Motorsport’s international heritage stretches back to a golden era of famous Kiwis who were pioneers and played their part in the sport as it developed into the global sport today. Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon, Howden Ganley and Mike Thackwell all reached the pinnacle of the sport by competing in Formula One and they helped to lay the foundations for future generations who aspire to the highest levels”, explained event organiser Peter Johnston.
“For the size of our population New Zealand is extremely well represented in global motorsport by an outstanding group of talented young drivers and also engineers who all strive to make a success of their careers and leave their mark in motorsport history".
“The Giltrap Group ‘Legends of Speed’ event will bring most of these drivers home for a spectacular one-off night of celebration. There has never been a time that so many of the current stars have had an opportunity to be together for an event like this".
“We’ll honour the past and present, we will tell the stories and reflect on some of their greatest moments through live interviews and exciting video production. We can promise all who attend will enjoy a unique and entertaining evening”, concluded Johnston.
New Zealand’s star drivers will be joined on the night by a display of some of the world’s most rare and exclusive supercars from private New Zealand collections, many of them are rarely seen in New Zealand and they will complement the evening along with a motorsport memorabilia auction which will feature racing treasures and exciting one-off experiences.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
2 Dec 2016 (Fri)
CALL IT WHAT IT IS TOUR
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Live Nation announce that the Call It What It Is Tour dates for New Zealand have been rescheduled for later this year.
The band have released the following statement:
"To our great fans in Australia and New Zealand: Unfortunately we need to postpone our upcoming tour so that we can put the finishing touches on our new album. We can�t wait to see you in November/December. Until then, Much love, BHIC."
The rescheduled New Zealand tour dates are as follows:
VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER (previously Friday 26 February)
MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE, WELLINGTON SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER (previously at TSB Bank Arena on Wednesday 24 February)
Regrettably the Christchurch show at Horncastle Arena (originally scheduled for Monday 29 February) will not be rescheduled.
Tickets for the Auckland and Napier shows will be valid for the rescheduled date without the need to exchange.
Patrons who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates may obtain a refund from the point of purchase.
New tickets for all shows are on sale now!
For further information please visit: www.livenation.co.nz.
3 Dec 2016 (Sat)
Mt Smart Stadium
A Head Full of Dreams Tour
COLDPLAY have announced a New Zealand date on their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, with a stadium show confirmed for Mt Smart Stadium.
This is the band�s first world tour since the Mylo Xyloto Tour, which included Australian and NZ shows in November 2012. More than two million tickets have already been sold for the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, which kicked off with a record-breaking stadium run in Latin America in March / April and which will see the band perform four sold out nights at London�s Wembley Stadium in June.
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)
EM�TI�NAL R�ADSH�W W�RLD T�UR
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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