Due to circumstances outside of the Festival's control, David Byrne will not be appearing in the 2018 New Zealand Festival as his tour is not going ahead as planned. For any Culture Club or general queries please contact nzfestival@festival.co.nz 


From being the ultimate art school punk to fronting the groundbreaking, oft-imitated band Talking Heads, David Byrne is a musical pioneer with a career spanning five decades and counting.

Lauded by David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and more, Byrne has occupied the shattered mind of a paranoid murderer (“Psycho Killer”), hollered out rodeo-friendly country ballads (“Road to Nowhere”), devastated nightclub dance floors (“Once in a Lifetime”) and delivered a love song so poignant it’s still regularly played at weddings (“This Must Be the Place”). Now he comes to Wellington to do all this and more.

A riveting live performer, Byrne has explored Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, disco, hip hop, opera and techno, and is also an artist, writer, photographer, soundtrack composer and film director, driven forward by a restless artistic curiosity. Same as it ever was, he’s unmissable.



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