Summer tunes in the vines (and other drinky places)
Summer in Hawke's Bay is overflowing with winery concerts, vineyard chill sessions, and cellar door celebrations. Check out the line-up, and start planning for your Hawke's Bay holiday. We'll keep the list updated so you know what's still to come.
Summer Sessions - Saturdays 16 November until 18 April (excluding 28 Dec, 8 Feb, 11 Apr)
Listen to the chilled sounds of local talent while sipping away on some wines and beers in the vines with 18 Summer Sessions.
Summer Sundaze - Sundays 1 December until 5 April (excluding 29 Dec)
If Saturdays weren't enough, prepare yourself for 18 summer Sunday sessions at Abbey Cellars.
Black Barn Vineyards
L.A.B - House of Shem - Tomorrow People - Sunday 22 December
L.A.B. was founded by the legendary Kora brothers, Brad and Stu, and quickly engaged the extraordinary talents of Joel Shadbolt (Batucada Sound Machine) and Ara Adams-Tamatea (Katchafire). The L.A.B. sound is one which has seen them quickly become a fan favourite on the New Zealand live circuit.
Drax Project - Friday 10 January
After a whirlwind few years, Drax Project are without one of the hottest tickets in music right now. Black Barn is the final stop on their biggest ever tour of New Zealand, and will bring some of New Zealand’s best new acts along for the ride.
Nest Fest - Saturday 11 January
Nest Fest is back again for a second year, continuing the story of a community of artists who are reshaping Aotearoa's musical landscape, along with several international acts who have never played in New Zealand before. The result is a spicy concoction of one-off live performances on the Nest Fest stage.
Fat Freddy's Drop - Friday 31 January & Saturday 1 February
The invincible Fat Freddy’s Drop has invited a swag of New Zealand’s finest musicians and international DJs to spark up their annual summer roady. No two shows will be the same with the curated roster of special guests with the Havelock North show featuring Bailey Wiley & Silva MC!
10cc - Sunday 8 March
Don't miss an opportunity to see one of the world's great mega-bands in such an intimate, up close venue with superb acoustics. Special guests Automatic 80s complete the lineup with their full force live 80s performance.
Bridge Pa Triangle
Bridge Pa Wine Festival - Saturday 18 January
Seven wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District are once again coming together to run the Bridge Pa Wine Festival - Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge, Oak Estate, Paritua, Red Metal and Sileni. All will be connected by hop on/hop off buses, with each winery offering wine, food, and music.
Boxing Day Festival 2019 - Thursday 26 December
The annual Boxing Day festival returns to Cape Estate in Te Awanga for the 4th year. The music lineup is diverse and tastefully curated, headed by Auckland’s Latinaotearoa, and joined by Ashley Alexander, Paak, and Wellington 10-piece hip hop and groove band Raw Collective, plus an additional 9 acts across two stages.
Church Road Winery
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals - Friday 28 February
A three-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time nominee, Harper has traversed a myriad of musical landscapes in the three decades that he’s been making music, from blues, rock and reggae; to soul, funk and folk.
Crab Farm Winery
Fraser Mack - Friday 22 November
Join Fraser Mack at Crab Farm Winery's restaurant for a few hours of acoustic originals and covers. Mack prides himself on pleasing his audience so expect to be entertained with covers of songs you know interpreted with his distinctive tapping/picking/strumming style, as well as Mack's increasing repertoire of originals.
Mission Estate Winery
An evening with Michael Bublé - Saturday 1 February
After five sold out world tours, he's back! Michael Bublé returns to New Zealand for his only New Zealand show! This tour is supporting Bublé’s ♥ album, which has achieved Gold status in New Zealand since its release in November 2018 when it debuted at #2 on the Official Top 40 chart.
Elton John - Farewell Yellow Brick Road SOLD OUT - Thursday 6 & Saturday 15 February
Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences, on his very last tour of New Zealand.
Another Day in Taradise - Saturday 11 January
Now in its 15th year, Another Day in Taradise combines delicious Moana Park wines, boutique beers a great selection of delectable food, all matched with a great selection of music. The perfect combination to ensure there is something for everyone.
A Summer's Day Disco - Thursday 9 January
Get ready to shake your booty! A Summer’s Day Disco brings a star-studded line-up of some of the most successful names of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The sensational bill features iconic names and sounds in the history of music, including KC and the Sunshine Band; Earth Wind and Fire Experience feat. Al McKay; Boney M feat Maize Williams' and The Australian BEE GEES Show.
Te Awanga Downs (Clifton Cricket Club)
Outfield Festival - Saturday 8 February
This brand new festival offering in the beachside settlement of Te Awanga promises to be a celebration of music, food, arts and community. Headline acts include celebrated hip-hop and soul artist Ladi6, psychedelic funkster supergroup Leisure, and breakthrough Autralian act Great Gable. Plus over 20 local acts across two stages.
Te Awanga Estate
The Sunday Sessions - 17 Nov, 15 Dec, 19 Jan, 23 Feb
Join the team at Te Awanga Estate for a cruisy sesh on the lawn - their wine, great music and your vibe. Summer in Te Awanga at its finest! Bring a picnic or pizzas, platters and all-day grazing available from the kitchen.
The Urban Winery
There's just too many outstanding live music events at Ahuriri's The Urban Winery to list them all here. Check out their latest event details on their website.
Three Wise Birds Garden Bar
Mack and the Three Wise Birds - 27 Oct, 24 Nov, 22 Dec
Come and join Fraser Mack at Hawke's Bay's newest Garden Bar! Relax, socialise, soak up the sun while Mack entertains you with his dynamic and distinctive sound influenced by blues, rock, folk and flamenco.
Zeff Fest Spring Edition - Sunday 27 October
Zeffer Cider Co are welcoming in the sunny season with their first Zeff Fest - Spring Edition featuring music from Hidden Agenda, DJ Michael Hawksworth w/ Matt Mear on Trumpet,and Arahi. Join the Zeffer team for a relaxed afternoon of music, food trucks and craft ciders to celebrate the arrival of the sunshine.
These events might not conform to the winery/cellar door concert theme, but they're no less worthy of your afternoon or evening!
Summer Solstice with Shapeshifter
- Friday 20 December
Hawke's Bay Racing Centre
Black Barn Open Air Cinema
- 27-30 December & 2-6 January
Black Barn Vineyards
River Park Summer Series
The Topp Twins & The Warratahs
- Saturday 4 January
The Lady Killers
- Saturday 18 January
River Park Events Centre
For more Hawke's Bay summer events check out the What's On Guide