Summer Tours 2013-2014: Event Details

Welcome to the 2013-2014 New Zealand Summer Tours

Take essential Aotearoa bands and handpicked internationals that run the musical spectrum, transport them to picture-perfect summer destinations like Coroglen, Mt Maunganui, Matakana and Riwaka, and you’ve got The Summer Tours, a live music operation dedicated to delivering you to the heart of New Zealand’s celebrated summer tour circuit.

For over a decade The Summer Tours has turned up the volume on summer with the country’s hottest tickets, remodelling unused sections and empty carparks into vital venues and festival sites. Then they’ve brought Kiwi music favourites like Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire and Shapeshifter to these pop-up locales, serving up fresh summer sounds in picture-perfect coastal towns and must-see holiday spots. Just like Aotearoa’s golden weather, these short-lived live music havens don’t stick around for long, adding to the very special nature of The Summer Tours perfectly-formed summer circuit.

For the 2013/2014 season, The Summer Tours turns up the volume once again with cross-country runs from Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy’s Drop and doubles the playing powers of Katchafire and Kora on their co-headlining North Island tour. And, in another historic doubleheader, The Summer Tours reunites homegrown heavyweights Shapeshifter and Fat Freddy’s Drop at the inaugural Matakanaval festival at the Matakana Country Park, the first time these Kiwi music giants have shared a stage in six years.

New Zealand is the proud owner of a touring circuit unrivalled by beauty or bands anywhere else in the world. Let The Summer Tours take you there with a crucial calendar of rock, reggae, funk and soul that joins the dots between our high-season hotspots.

Swap work time for fiesta time these holidays. Let the summer tours begin!


Find out who's touring near you

Lower Hutt

Station Village - Lower Hutt

Fri 27th Dec - Shapeshifter [with Electric Wire Hustle]

Mon 30th Dec - Sky is Gold

Sat 4th Jan - Fat Freddy's Drop


Riwaka Hotel - Riwaka

Sat 28th Dec - Shapeshifter [with Electric Wire Hustle]

New Years Eve - Sky is Gold

Sun 3rd Jan - Fat Freddy's Drop


Matakana Country Park - Matakana

Thu 2nd Jan - Shapeshifter [with Fat Freddy's Drop]

Thu 2nd Jan - Fat Freddy's Drop [with Shapeshifter]


Coroglen Tavern - Coromandel

Fri 27th Dec - Katchafire & Kora

Sat 28th Dec - Sky is Gold

Sun 29th Dec - Fat Freddy's Drop

Fri 3rd Jan - Shapeshifter [with Opiuo]


Mangawhai Tavern - Mangawhai

Thu 26th Dec - Sky is Gold

Fri 27th Dec - Katchafire & Kora

Mt Maunganui

Brewers Field - Mt Maunganui

Mon 30th Dec - Fat Freddy's Drop

Sat 4th Jan - Katchafire & Kora


Waihi Beach Hotel - Waihi

Thu 26th Dec - Katchafire & Kora

New Years Eve - Fat Freddy's Drop

Sun 5th Jan - Sky is Gold


Butlers Reef - Oakura


The Bedford - Christchurch

Fri 6th Dec - Fat Freddy's Drop

Thu 2nd Jan - Sky is Gold

Havelock North

Black Barn Vineyards - Havelock North

Fri 20th Dec - Katchafire & Kora


The Commercial Hotel - Whakatane

Sat 21st Dec - Katchafire & Kora


BW Festival - Gisborne

Sat 21st Dec - Katchafire & Kora

New Plymouth

Butlers Reef - New Plymouth

Mon 30th Dec - Katchafire & Kora


La De Da Festival - Martinborough

New Years Eve - Katchafire & Kora


Opononi Hotel - Opononi

Thu 2nd Jan - Katchafire & Kora

Free Downloads

Free Download: Dan Aux - Sippin Yak

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Free Download: BAYNK - Sundae

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Free Download: TroyBoi - Moon Gardens

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Free Download: The Peacekeepers - Gunz

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Fat Freddy's Drop join Splore line-up

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Cage fights and cold balls. Quality interview right here....

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You'll either wanna puke or seriously question turning vegan......

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Are we finally getting the long and eagerly awaited fourth album??...

Ramsay Bolton returns as Adolf Hitler

'Urban Myths' new on Sky Arts...

Fat Freddy's Drop sell out 10000 strong Villa Maria show

Fat Freddy's Drop have officially sold out their largest New Zealand headline show ever at Villa Maria this weekend, Saturday January the 14th with all 10,000 tickets snapped up....