All You Need to Know About Summer Haze, New Zealand

Presented by Corona, New Zealand’s premium multi-genre outdoor music festival, Summer Haze, returns with two concerts!

Headlining the event are electronic outfit Shapeshifter, blues, reggae, and soul group Fat Freddy’s Drop, and rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Summer Haze is set to take place on December 29, 2022, at Wharepai Domain in Tauranga and on January 4, 2023, at Matakana Country Park, Matakana. Here are a few things to know about one of the most definitive live music events of the summer!

Both the Matakana and Tauranga performances were approaching their final ticket releases as early as November 2022, and it is easy to understand why. Attendees will be gripped by the sounds of New Zealand’s five-piece drum & bass, jazz, funk, rock, and electronica outfit Shapeshifter. The band, which consists of PDigsss, Sam Trevethick, Dan McGruer, Nick Robinson, and Darren Mathiassen, were announced as the headliners in August of this year. 

Shapeshifter – Monarch

Speaking ahead of the music festival, the band said on Instagram, “First two shows for the sunny season – Summer Haze is back. Blessed to be sharing the stage with world class bands who will bring those good vibes?.”

Aotearoa icon Fat Freddy’s Drop, a seven-piece ensemble, will be co-headlining Summer Haze at both locations! They are performing as part of a four-city New Zealand tour that includes gigs in Christchurch and Auckland. Dub, drum & bass, jazz, reggae, rhythm and blues, techno, soul, and funk are all elements of their musical approach. 

Black Comet – Sleep

The opening act for the festival, bringing unique sounds and summer vibes to Matakana and Tauranga, is Black Comet. The five-piece group characterizes its music as “heavy galactic funk from the far reaches of space.”

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Black Comet is joining Summer Haze!! ??????
We are super grateful to be sharing the stage with these fine folks at @summerhazenz_ ??
If you’re in Tauranga on the 29th of December, or Matakana on the 4th of January, make sure you grab your tickets and join us! It’s going to be a party for sure!!! ????

Black Comet via Instagram

Joining the Kiwi musicians is Australian crew King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The group fans its music across multiple genres, including psychedelic and progressive rock, blues, jazz fusion, folk, heavy metal, and more. In 2022 alone, KGLW put out five studio albums, with the most recent single ‘Changes,’ released in October. Mickey Cavanagh, Cookie Craig, Lukey Harwood, Amby Kenny-Smith, Stu Mackenzie, Joey Walker make up King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
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Many more local acts are set to be announced for both Summer Haze shows! The first leg of the festival kicks off on December 29, 2022, at Wharepai Domain in Tauranga! The 2021 edition of Summer Haze was also housed at this sports arena. It featured performances by Fat Freddy’s Drop, Scribe + P-Money, Ladi 6, Katchafire, Lee Mvtthews, and Rubi Du.

Summer Haze concludes in the new year on January 4, 2023, at Matakana Country Park, Matakana, located just one hour north of Auckland. This spacious venue is a regular at housing local homegrown markets, live music, beer, and food festivals. 

Bus services are also available from four select locations for those traveling to Matakana Country Park.

For tickets to Tauranga and Wharepai Domains, Tauranga, on December 29, 2022, visit The Ticket Fairy HERE

For tickets to Matakana Country Park on January 4, 2023, Matakana, visit The Ticket Fairy HERE

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Find Summer Haze’s playlist on Spotify
Artists performing at Summer Haze: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Fat Freddys Drop | Shapeshifter | Black Comet

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