Punk poet Patti Smith. Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick. Denim rocker Joan Jett. Relentless pop hitmakers Debbie Harry of Blondie and Annie Lennox of Eurythmics. These and other icons arrived on their own terms, with rebellion hardwired to their bones to ramraid the boys’ club of the 60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and take no prisoners. As the Pretenders’ Chrissie said, “I didn’t have any role models that were women. My role models were musicians.”
Led by our own rock doyennes, Julia Deans, Boh Runga and Dianne Swann ATOMIC! harnesses the energy of an all-femme line-up of musicians to perform a heaving catalogue of hits fronted by women who kicked down doors and rewrote rock’s rules of engagement. For a show of maximum impact and variety, are psychedelic artist Gussie Larkin (Mermaidens) and noir folk star Jazmine Mary - all supported by an incredible group of musicians, Steph Brown on keys, Mareea Paterson on Bass, Karen Hu on drums and Rebel Reid on lead guitar.
Don’t miss these modern legends of the escalating femme insurrection paying it back to some of the greatest performers of our times: a hitlist rooted in the glories of the past recalled and refreshed for future generations. As Debbie Harry said way back in the day, “the only place left for rock to go is toward more girl stars. There's nothing left for men to do.”
Location Te wāhi
The Civic, Auckland City CentrePlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
By car, head to The Civic car park near Queen Street where you’ll find plenty of affordable paid parking. By train, head to Britomart Station and walk up Queen Street for around 10 minutes to reach The Civic. Alternatively, take a bus to the Queen Street or Wellesley Street bus stops, which are both within a short walking distance.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Head to Stark’s Café and Bar for a special show-themed cocktail. It opens 90 minutes before any shows and events.