WHAT'S ON IN OCTOBER

There’s only three months left in 2018, but it’s filled with some of the best events of the year. Whether it’s movies, sports or a good cocktail, you’ll find something up your alley this October.

STRAY

This October, you’ll be in the cinema every week thanks to this month’s releases. Kicking off October’s newest releases is Stray, an award-winning drama about the relationship between a young man on parole and a woman seeking shelter a long way from home. Stray not only broke NZ crowd-funding records, but is the first kiwi movie to be selected for the Moscow International Film Festival, with Kieran Charnock winning Best Actor. 

Released on October 4th. See the trailer below.


SHE SHEARS

She Shears follows the inspirational story of 5 female sheep shearers and their journey to New Zealand’s premiere shearing and woolhandling competition, the Golden Shears. Known predominantly as a male sport, this insight to the shearing industry will be of interest to even the most inner-city of people.

Released on October 11th. See the trailer below.

A STAR IS BORN

The long-awaited acting debut of Lady Gaga is almost here and it’s already been met with stellar reviews. In Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, we see his character guide a young singer (Lady Gaga) to fame in the 1937 musical remake. With five star reviews all around the board and Oscar buzz on everyone’s mind, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Released on October 18th. See the trailer below.

THE SPRING BLOSSOM ROOFTOP POP-UP

Celebrate the arrival of springtime with cherry blossoms, jazz music and sweet treats with one last pop-up at The Glass Goose this Friday, 5thOctober. Federal Street will be lit up in millennial pink as you enjoy a speciality SOHO wine cocktail while helping children in need.

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/852822921593466/?event_time_id=852822931593465

SKY CITY BREAKERS

Kicking off on October 11th, the Sky City Breakers will start their new season under the guidance of ex-NBA player Matt Walsh. This season, Matt hopes to bring a fresh approach to New Zealand basketball. There are 14 home games this season, with an opportunity to catch a game at Spark Arena from October to February. 

Get your tickets here: http://www.nzbreakers.basketball/pages/booking-your-tickets

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THE MERCHANTS OF BOLLYWOOD

Just in time for Diwali comes The Merchants of Bollywood, a colourful, cultural experience filled with song and dance. The show boasts some of Bollywood’s biggest names, both on and off the stage, including Salim-Sulaiman, composers of the show and over 100 Bollywood movies and multiple television scores. 

Purchase tickets here: https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/merchants-of-bollywood#tickets-times

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DIWALI

Join the Diwali festivities at Aotea Square this Labour weekend, and enjoy live music, dance, and all the Indian cuisine you could ask for. Featuring a Bollywood dance competition, talent shows, classical music and more, the two-day festival will finish with a fireworks display on Sunday night.

Learn more here: https://www.heartofthecity.co.nz/auckland-events/festivals/auckland-diwali-festival-0

WHAT'S ON IN SEPTEMBER

September is in full swing and there is plenty to get stuck into this month! Find our hot picks for the month below for some inspiration.

COMEDY

MELANIE BRACEWELL

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Melanie Bracewell’s ‘Melodrama’ sold out at the Auckland International Comedy Festival, so she’s brought it back for 3 more shows. As the 2018 Billy T winner and writer for The Project and Wellington Paranormal, Mel can promise nonstop laughs that will have you recommending it to all your friends. 

Melodrama runs from the 6th to the 8th at the Basement Theatre.

Make sure you catch this young kiwi talent in action by purchasing tickets here.

SAM CAMPBELL

Sam Campbell’s award-winning show is in the thick of it at the Basement Theatre right now but fear not, there are still tickets available for his Friday and Saturday shows. After winning Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sam has taken residence at the Basement to share his show with the people of Auckland. 

The Trough runs from the 4th to the 8th at the Basement Theatre.

For the wildest comedy show in town, buy tickets here.

FOOD

FREAKY

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Looking for a new lunchtime spot? Wander down to Wakefield Street and you’ll find a new favourite with Freaky. The menu is quaint, but every dish is worth a try – from granola to fried chicken, the owner of Auckland favourite Prego is worth giving a go.

Check it out here.

WILLIAMS

Wynyard Quarter favourite Williams has now extended their services to offering dinner, six months after the doors have opened. From Wednesday to Sunday, you can now dine on meals like pulled pork tacos, lamb shoulder and a caramelised pineapple for dessert.

See the menu here.

LIVE MUSIC

P!NK

Kiwis are being spoilt for choice this month with many international artists hitting our shores. Kicking off the month is P!nk with a 6 date Auckland run. This is a show that will having you jaw-dropped – with acrobats and a giant Eminem inflatable filling Spark Arena with hits.

Limited tickets are still available so get in quick! Buy here.

CHER

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Pop icon Cher is gracing Auckland with a performance that is set to engage audiences in a way that only a diva can. Having just appeared in the very successful Mamma Mia! 2, we can only hope for a performance of Fernando from the singer to top it off.

Get tickets here.

LISTEN IN

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Hip Hop and Electronic fans will come together this month at Listen In, a spinoff of Australia’s Listen Out festival. A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Skepta and more will take the stage at Auckland’s Spark Arena on the 28th.

Tickets, including VIP packages, are still available here.

2018 MTV VMAS RECAP

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are over for another year and as always, it was a night filled with celebs, music and stellar performances. Kicked off by Cardi B and her ‘baby’ Kulture, which turned out to be a swaddled moon person, she introduced the first performance of the evening – Shawn Mendes.

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While the show had no official hosts, Night School stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish delivered a monologue full of digs at the likes of Fifth Harmony and Lil Xan, just before announcing Nicki Minaj as the winner of Best Hip Hop Video for her song Chun-Li. Nicki later performed at the PATH World Trade Center Station to an audience of excited fans.

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Performances were rife as stars like Ariana Grande, Panic! at the Disco and Post Malone with Aerosmith and 21 Savage took the stage to perform their hits. Jennifer Lopez also delivered a medley of her classics like Jenny from the Block and Love Don’t Cost a Thing combined with newer songs such as On the Floor. Shawn Mendes presented her with the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for recognising her accomplishments in music and film.

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The main event, Video of the Year was delivered to Camilla Cabello for her Havana music video with Young Thug, and also took out Artist of the Year. Cardi B and Childish Gambino tied for the most number of awards, at 3 each.

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FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

 

MICHAEL JACKSON VANGUARD AWARD SPONSORED BY PEPSI®

Jennifer Lopez

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records  

SONG OF THE YEAR

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records 

BEST POP

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry” – Republic Records 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell ®)

Cardi B – Atlantic Records 

BEST LATIN

J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records 

BEST COLLABORATION

Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions 

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records 

BEST HIP HOP

Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records 

BEST ROCK

Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records 

BEST DANCE

Avicii featuring Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records 

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ/RCA Records 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie

BEST DIRECTION

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris

BEST ART DIRECTION

The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue, The Louvre

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ/RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver

BEST EDITING

N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward

WHAT'S ON IN AUGUST

August has arrived and it's looking busy! Whether it’s reality TV on the couch, or a night out at one of Auckland’s newest restaurants, we have the scoop on what to do and where to be.

THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA

Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins is gracing the screen again, but this time swapping the AFL gear for a suit and tie as he makes his debut as Australia’s next bachelor. Tune in as Nick navigates his way through the 25 women entering the mansion.

Kiwis can catch all the action exclusively on Bravo, 8:30PM Tuesdays & Wednesdays from August 21st. 

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RHYTHM AND VINES

It’s NZ’s most coveted New Year’s festival and it’s back for their 17th year! Rhythm and Vines are heading back to Gisborne and we are anticipating the line-up, dropping sometime this month.

Tickets for R&V are available now on their website, purchase here.

MENU BY MANU

After the success that HOYTS has seen in Australia with their HOYTS LUX experience, it has arrived from across the Tasman! HOYTS LUX will host a menu curated by My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel. From duck baos to Malteaser sundaes, it’s a bit different to the movie experience you may know.

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AUCKLAND RESTAURANT MONTH

As per their slogan, “it’s time to try something new”. Here are our top picks for the hottest spots to check out during August as part of Auckland restaurant month to get you in the spirit for something different.

Sumthin’ Dumplin’

Located in the heart of the city lies this new entrant to the dumpling game. Making them throughout the day, you can rest assured that these are the freshest dumplings in Auckland.

Check out some satisfying dumpling snaps here.

 Deadshot

This intimate spot in Ponsonby is home to over 1000 recipes, so whether your cocktail taste is classic or contemporary, you’re sure to find your new favourite drink.

Check them out here.

Scratch Bakers HQ

If you’re looking for the most insta-worthy sweet treat, you’ll find it at Scratch Bakers. Located in Auckland central, it’s the perfect place to sneak off to for an afternoon pick me up.

You can see their mouth-watering treats here.

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NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SHE SHEARS

As part of the NZIFF, She Shears follows the stories of five female sheep shearers, navigating their way through the often male-dominated world of shearing. It focuses on their individual journeys to the annual Golden Shears, “the world’s premier shearing and woolhandling competition”.

Tickets are still available in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch, found here.

MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen allows Director Heperi Mita to share his mother’s personal archives in a cumulative film. Produced by Chelsea Winstanley, and executive produced by Cliff Curtis, Merata tells the story of the struggles she faced and how she paved the way Maori female film-making.

Merata is screening all around the country, tickets found here.