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Neil Finn: Out of Silence

Neil Finn: Out of Silence
With Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra & special guests

DATES: 9 & 10 March, 2018
LOCATION: Music Arena, Festival Garden, Silo Park

On two glorious nights in March, Neil Finn, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) and a who’s who of special guests will perform an extraordinary Auckland Arts Festival concert.

Neil Finn: Out of Silence is a large scale, outdoor concert, which will include the world premiere live performance of tracks from the Out of Silence album, as well as some of Finn’s greatest hits, hand picked by the iconic musician, including a number of Crowded House and Split Enz favourites and tracks from his critically acclaimed solo records.

Finn’s acclaimed new album, Out of Silence, was recorded over one session in his Auckland studio earlier this year, accompanied by an extended family of local music luminaries. The creation of the album was live-streamed and released globally just one week later. The session, which was one of four special live-streamed sessions that took place in August, captured audiences across the world, who quickly realised they were privy to a truly exceptional experience.

Of the album and process, Finn said, “For a long time, I’ve wanted to do a record in one crack and get it out in a week… Then I thought, ‘Well if we’re going to do that, let’s not make it a little acoustic thing that’s easy to record in one session. Let’s make it the most sophisticated record I’ve ever made.’”

It was following this series Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski approached Finn to perform the very first live concert of the album.

Bielski says, “I watched one of the recordings of Out of Silence on my iPad from Edinburgh and was captivated by the bold and soulful lyrics, and exquisite arrangements for orchestra and choir - as were so many others. I immediately knew we had to find a way to bring this beautiful album from one of our greatest songwriters to life in our new Festival Playground. It will be a real privilege to experience the brilliance of Neil, the majestic APO and the fabulous collaborators under the Summer stars.”

With arrangements by revered New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly (The Hobbit, The Lovely Bones, Black Sheep, Toi Huarewa/The Suspended Way) and performances by the full APO with many collaborating musicians, including SJD, Samuel Flynn Scott, EJ Barnes, Sandy Mill, James Milne and Jimmy Metherell, Neil Finn – Out of Silence is the kind of Festival event that happens once in a generation and remains with people for the rest of their lives.

Tickets are on sale now for Neil Finn – Out of Silence, which takes place on 9 and 10 March at the Music Arena of Auckland Arts Festival’s Festival Playground in Wynyard Quarter.

The Festival Playground is Auckland Arts Festival’s new music, food and family hang out in Silo Park, which will be open throughout the duration of the Festival, 8-25 March. It houses the Music Arena, a fantastic food precinct, bars and the coolest mirror maze to ever visit New Zealand, the enormous House of Mirrors.



The Guardian - “Piece by piece, Neil Finn’s Out Of Silence comes together in simplistic beauty.”

NZ Herald - “A quietly astonishing album that's worth shouting about.”

Renowned For Sound - “Out of Silence is bottled lightning.”


DATES8pm, 9 and 10 March 2018
LOCATIONMusic Arena, Festival Playground, Silo Park
DURATION2 hours, approx.
IMPORTANT INFOThis is a rain or shine, outdoor event
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ABOUT THE AAFTaking place annually in March, the Auckland Arts Festival is a globally recognised event that celebrates people and culture, and showcases the unrivalled location, cultural diversity and vibrant energy of New Zealand’s largest city.

Over 1.7 million people have attended the event to date.

Auckland Arts Festival is administered by the Auckland Festival Trust. Trustees are John Judge (Chair), Rick Carlyon, Angela Clatworthy, Evan Davies, Sarah Judkins, Tarun Kanji, Margaret Kāwharu MNZM, Jim Moser, Ben Taufua and Fred Ward.

The executive team includes Chief Executive David Inns and Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski.

The Trust receives core funding from Auckland Council through the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act, and Creative New Zealand through the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme.

Significant support for AAF 2018 is received from Foundation North, Pub Charity, NZ Community Trust and The Lion Foundation.

MEDIA CONTACTSiobhan Waterhouse | Media and PR Manager | Ph: +64 22 126 4149 |


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