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New Zealand’s largest showcase of NZ music is back for summer 2018 and the Auckland Council are looking for emerging and established musicians from a variety of genres.

Artist applications are now open and they will close at midnight on Sunday 6 August, 2017.

Music in Parks 2017 was the most popular yet with over 70 artists and a record 46,000 people turning out to 24 free events around the Auckland region. Each season we seek to programme a line-up that provides opportunities to emerging artists and showcases the immense and diverse talent across Auckland and New Zealand. This much-loved series gives people the chance to see some of their favourite acts, and experience some new music, all for free in a variety of beautiful parks across the city.

Music in Parks welcome submissions from all artists (either born or currently residing here in NZ). Music in Parks continues to surprise and delight, and we are excited to see who will apply for this summer. Over the years, Auckland Council Music in Parks has seen top New Zealand artists perform such as Shihad, Anika Moa, Hello Sailor and Katchafire and nurtured the then-emerging talents of Evan Sinton (now MAALA), Villainy, Nomad and Sons of Zion. 
For more information about the series and to apply, visit


Notes for those thinking of applying:

  • If your artist/band was programmed on the 2017 Music in Parks line up, it’s not likely they will be selected again in 2018. We aim to program a different line up each season that offers diversity and provides opportunities to as many acts as possible. It is for this reason we usually don’t book the same acts two seasons in a row.
  • Only New Zealand artists (either born, or residing here) can apply. 
  • Please familiarise yourself with the artists and events we had in 2017 to see if your act would be right for this series. We have left these tabs up on their website