The Kings Arms

An Auckland institution: live music venue, heritage pub, affordable eatery

The Kings Arms is a bar, an authentic rock music venue, an affordable eatery and an unpretentious no fuss pub experience with a sun-drenched beer garden smack bang in the centre of town.

Big Country - SOLD OUT

Please note: This show has sold out, and a second night has been added to the tour. Sunday 12th June.

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Metropolis Touring & Troubadour Music Presents

BIG COUNTRY

“Classic” is the only way to describe the energy infused, foot tapping vibes of 80’s juggernauts Big Country. Having never toured New Zealand before, this is about to change in 2016 when the undeniable hip-shakers of Scottish alternative rock bring their Greatest hits tour to the country for the very first time. Performing all their trademark hits - In a Big Country, Chance, Wonderland, Look Away along with more fan favourites set to ignite your aural senses and send your hands fist pumping into a frenzy, Big Country is set to bring the exciting power they are renowned for every night to a stage near you.

Having been described by Mick Jagger as “one of the best opening bands we ever had,” the band continues to wow audiences around the world night in, night out with their iconically unique sound, which escalated them to the peak of greatness in the 80’s. Where other artists may have fallen to the wayside, the band’s musical credibility still stacks up and remains as fresh as it did decades ago, largely due to their critically acclaimed live performances. With a current lineup consisting of Bruce Watson (guitar, mandolin, sitar, vocals), Jamie Watson (guitars), Simon Houghthe (vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Mark Brzezicki (drums) who also appeared on The Cult’s iconic “Love” album, The New Zealand audiences are in for an absolute live spectacle of nostalgic fan favourites that will get the whole room jumping.

With Allmusic claiming, “it's hard not to be riveted by the interlocking bass-and-guitar sound,” that the band delivers; when Big Country step out in front of a packed audience the excitement around the room needs to be seen to be believed. With "fans of a certain age possibly bouncing along a little more furiously than is good for them.” - Get Ready to Rock, it’s inevitable that the slick playing, pumping rhythms and soaring melody lines searing out of the bands instruments will leave you “drenched in sweat due to plenty of mad pogo action.” – Louder Than War. Displaying the same energy and determination to win the crowd over as they did back in the day, the trailblazers of lush vibes are doing what they have always done – give it their all, get the room slipping and sliding around the floor dancefloor and provide a feel-good live show that will be talked about for years to come.

It’s been a long wait for New Zealand fans to witness the classic act that is Big Country, but now fans finally have the opportunity to participate in a Greatest Hits spectacle. Remarkable, spectacular, phenomenal and mind-blowingly astounding – you won’t want to miss out on this one!

"Big Country are still undeniably Big Country” – Musicomh

"the crowd went apeshit” - Live and Die in Music

‘still playing with the energy they did in the eighties’ - Nottingham Post

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