If walls could talk, the intimate surrounds of Auckland music mecca the Powerstation would rattle off legendary tales that take in nearly 30 years of live music history. From its pride of place at the top of Mt Eden Road, this much revered venue has played host to the biggest names in the business, allowing local music lovers to witness headliners like Beastie Boys, the Ramones, Soundgarden and Run-DMC up close and personal.
A firm favourite of performers and audiences alike, the Powerstation has secured its place in music history courtesy of its acclaimed acoustics, a guaranteed clear line of vision from any vantage point and a central city location spitting distance from the CBD. This triple-threat of assets has allowed the Powerstation to secure top-tier artists usually booked for anonymous arena shows rather than the small, perfectly formed performances this celebrated music destination ensures.
Over the Powerstation's storied history, heavyweights like Radiohead, Leon Russell, The Pixies, George Clinton, Public Enemy, Marilyn Manson and Kendrick Lamar have all tread its boards, and in the past 12 months alone this tally of headline-grabbing appearances has been added to with shows from Snoop Dogg, Jake Bugg, Mac Miller and Television.
With five years in the care of owner-operators Muchmore Music, who have invested time and money to ensure it remains Auckland’s preeminent music venue, the Powerstation is in very safe hands. The year ahead is already looking bright with bookings from Neko Case, Billy Bragg, Jurassic 5, Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards, Morcheeba, John Butler Trio, Steve Earle & The Dukes and much more.
Watch this space to see which other names will be added to the list of artists to bring the noise to the Powerstation’s stage in 2014.